Katherine Watson is an acclaimed Canadian emerging musician that currently resides in Toronto. For the past decade, Katherine has established herself as one of Toronto’s emerging classical/contemporary flutists. She has premiered dozens of new compositions written for flute, has recorded live for CBC radio, as well as recorded for and appeared in films such as Pompeii (2014) and Brad’s Status (2017).
Katherine is currently a member of the Toronto Winds and Charm of Finches (Toronto’s own professional flute quintet). She has performed with London Symphonia, the Kingston Symphony, the Peterborough Symphony, the Niagara Symphony, the Ontario Philharmonic, Toronto Winds, Messiaen Ensemble, Mandel Philharmonic, and Verissimo Ensemble (MTL). She has performed for the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario’s events, as a soloist with the Bach Children’s Chorus, Continuum Ensemble, as a soloist for Soundstreams for a Salon 21 event at the Gardiner Museum, and Fawn Opera. Katherine regularly performs with L’Orchestre Symphonique de L’Agora in Montreal, and has previously performed with Pronto Musica, and L’Orchestre Point D’arrête, as well as appearing in many chamber recitals. In 2017, Katherine was invited on full scholarship to attend the Lunenburg Academy of Music and Performance in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, to study privately with Douglas Stewart (Canadian Opera Company Orchestra) as well as the Legendary Robert Aitken. She has participated in the Montreal Contemporary Lab’s New improvisation clinic, and performed in chamber and orchestral concerts in the Bathurst Music Festival in New Brunswick.
In early 2017, Katherine presented her first chamber music concert featuring the music of Montreal composer Jason Noble. She has presented several concerts since then, featuring both local contemporary composers, as well as standard repertoire for various chamber ensembles.
She obtained her Masters in Music performance from McGill University in Montreal, studying with Timothy Hutchins (Montreal Symphony Orchestra), her Artist’s Diploma from The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music, and her Bachelor of Music in performance from the University of Toronto studying with Leslie Newman (Hamilton Philharmonic).
When she’s not making or teaching music, Katherine is often outside running, as she is an avid runner with a love for racing!