5 Fast Facts with Kathryn Stott

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Kathryn Stott will join the New Zealand String Quartet for a two-week tour in May.


Here are Five Fast Facts, you might not know about:


Stott and NZSQ are no strangers to each other. They first played together at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville in 2007.



She first met Yo-Yo ma when she “discovered a Chinese man in his underpants playing the cello” in her flat after returning from holiday. The story goes that the famous American cellist rented the apartment form Stott’s housemate, without realising it was shared accommodation. To celebrate their 30th anniversary of performing together, they recorded ‘The Arc of Life’ released in 2015.




The Australian Festival of Chamber Music recently announced that Kathryn Stott will become the new Artistic Director from 2018. She’s also been appointed co-Artistic Director of Fjord Classics in Sandefjord, Norway.



Kathryn is familiar to the festival scene: she has directed several successful music festivals, including “Fauré and the French Connection”, a festival in Manchester to mark the composer's 150th anniversary. Faure will also be part of the pianist’s repertoire during her NZ tour.




She’s not only an internationally renowned pianist, but also a dedicated teacher. Kathryn is a visiting professor at the Royal Academy of Music in London, holds the position of International Chair at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester and regularly visits Chethams School of Music. Kathryn joined the piano faculty of the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo in August 2016.



Find out more about the Kathryn Stott & NZSQ’s tour starting 7 May here.