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Catherine Rimer


Catherine Rimer was born and raised in the North East and studied the cello with Emma Ferrand at the RNCM, Alexander Baillie at the RAM, Steven Doane at the Eastman School of Music, NY and with Steven Isserlis at Prussia Cove, with the aid of numerous scholarships. As an undergraduate she had inspiring chamber coaching from Eli Goren, William Pleeth and the Amadeus, Bartòk and Smetana Quartets. As a postgraduate in the US she pursued a new interest in historical performance practice with Paul O’Dette and Malcolm Bilson, winning the JC Graue Fellowship for her Master’s. Since returning to the UK she has enjoyed a busy freelance career playing with leading ensembles on both period and modern instruments.

She has been a member of Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique since 1996 (on numerous projects from Purcell to Stravinsky, including the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage throughout 2000) and also of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, including playing continuo at Glyndebourne and the BBC Proms. With these groups she has performed throughout Europe, the USA and the Far East, accompanied world-class soloists and recorded many choral and orchestral masterpieces of the 18th-19th centuries. Guest continuo work includes Avison Ensemble, Dunedin Consort, English Concert, Ex Cathedra, Gabrieli Consort, Hanover Band, City of London Sinfonia, Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Nicola Benedetti's Baroque Italia disc) and English National Opera (Charpentier’s Medea, on bass violin). As soloist she has performed concerti by Haydn, John Garth and Beethoven (with Nadja Zwiener and Maggie Cole) on period instruments.

Catherine is the cellist in the Florin Ensemble. They were among the Selected Artists of the Concert Promoters’ Group 2012-13 and their debut disc (featuring Mozart’s Divertimento K 563) met with critical acclaim: 'a fine intense performance that bears witness to the mastery of the three players' - Gramophone. Chamber music has always featured strongly; with Configure8, as acting cellist of the Skampa Quartet on major European and American tours for six months and as a guest of the Eroica Quartet on several occasions. Catherine has taught Baroque and Classical cello at the RCM since 2003.

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