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Katherine Sweeney

Katherine Sweeney was born in London and brought up in Liverpool. She started to learn the violin at the age of 10 and joined The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain two years later.Kathy studied at The Royal Academy of Music with David Martin and Emanuel Hurwitz. At The RAM, where she gained her Recital Diploma in 1978, her postgraduate studies were supported by The Charles Black Fellowship and a Ludgate Trust Award.

Kathy then had a period of study with Helen Dowling. While still a student she performed in master classes with Felix Andreievsky, Max Rostal and Igor Ozim. She also recieved guidance from Nadia Boulanger. She was Liverpool's "Student of The Year" in 1976.

Katherine Sweeney has subsequently had a busy and successful career as a soloist, freelance, recording artist and teacher.

Before moving to Wales in 1991, Kathy taught at The North London Collegiate School and was Director of Strings at The Hall School, Hampstead.

In 1978 Kathy was invited to be the featured soloist in The Sir John Barbirolli Conducting Competition. In 1980 she was the leader and soloist in the first British performance of Pfiztner's opera "Palestrina". Throughout this period she has given solo recitals all over The UK.

As well as doing many recording sessions for The BBC, and various record labels as a freelance, Kathy has featured on several Albums and CDs.

In Wales, Kathy's life continues to be busy, bringing up her two daughters, teaching and recording. She teaches for Ceredigion and runs the Violin Classes at The Aberystwyth Arts Centre, University of Wales. Pupils of hers won classes at the Urdd National Eisteddfod (Europe's largest youth festival) in 1999 and 2000..

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