...accomplished brilliance, soulfulness and sublime intensity in perfect balance and tonal unity...
(Dominion Post)
Catherine McKay - Piano

Catherine was awarded an Associated Board Scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music in London with Irina Zaritskaya and went on to study and work in Canada, initially at the Banff Centre and then to complete the Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées under Marc Durand in Piano performance & French at the Université de Montréal.

Now based in Wellington Catherine works at the New Zealand School of Music as accompanist and tutor in chamber music for their Young Musicians Programme, in between freelance concert performances and as teacher of piano. She collaborates with many Wellington-based NZSO musicians in classical chamber recitals and with 4XTango, specialising in Argentinean Tangos and the music of Piazzolla.

In 2008/9 she returned to the Banff Centre for to work as their collaborative pianist for their Fall & Winter semesters. In 2011 she lived in Venice for two months to play daily on the Parekowhai piano for visitors and present several concerts at the NZ Pavillion for the Venice Biennale. In 2012 she continued this collaboration with the Parekowhai piano presenting a series of solo piano recitals at Te Papa.