"Catrin has done more than anyone in harp history to bring her instrument to a wider public...."
International welsh harpist, Catrin Finch, is one of the most accomplished harpists of her generation. Since her inspiration to learn the harp at the age of five, she has been delighting audiences with her performances in the UK and worldwide. Her rise to prominence started almost immediately. From achieving the highest mark in the UK for her Grade 8 exam at the tender age of nine, under the guidance of Elinor Bennett, she went on to study at The Purcell School and the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied with Skaila Kanga and received the Queen’s Award for the most outstanding student of her year. In 2000 – 2004, she had the honour of reviving the ancient tradition of Royal Harpist to H.R.H, the Prince of Wales, last held in 1873.
Since then, her musical journey has blossomed, appearing with the world’s top orchestras around the world and recording for most of the major international recording companies. Since her first recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations for the Deutsche Grammophon label in 2007, she has recorded three further albums for the label including the best selling “Blessing”, which featured her own composition Celtic Concerto and works by multi-award winning composer John Rutter.
In 2013 Catrin Finch collaborated with Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita on a record celebrating the harp traditions of Wales and West Africa, which has been outstandingly well received, winning the 2014 Album of the Year in both Froots and Songlines magazines, and sitting atop the World Music charts for a number of weeks. Catrin and Seckou toured the album, entitled “Clychau Dibon”, in Europe and the U.S. to rave reviews.
2015 sees the release of Catrin’s new self composed album entitled "Tides", on her new label ‘Acapela’. This new release marks the first time Catrin’s own compositions have appeared as a body of work on stage and on record, revealing a new side to her exceptional musicality, including her piano skills for the first time on this album. Growing up on the West coast of Wales, Catrin cites her childhood by the sea as her main influence on her creativity. She has recently started supporting the International Development charity Water Aid, and has gifted Changing Tides, one of the tracks on her new album, to support the organisation’s work to bring safe water and sanitation to some of the world’s poorest communities. Her ensemble will be touring the UK in May and October to support the album.
Known for her work within the community and with the younger generation, Catrin is committed to promoting the harp and classical music in general to a new and wider audience. Her now successful annual Academi Catrin Finch Academy Summer Harp School and Annual Harp Fun Day gives students from around the world an unique opportunity to study and play with Catrin and her former harp teacher Elinor Bennett.
Catrin lives in Cardiff, Wales with her 2 young daughters and husband, with whom she runs a successful concert venue and recording space – Acapela.