Artistic Director

For more than 20 years Kathryn Stott has been, and continues to be, the artistic vision behind many major festivals and concert series. Her expertise in programming and ability to gather together the most exceptional musicians make for the most successful of events.

festival imageAustralian Festival of Chamber Music

Kathryn is currently the Artistic Director of the annually held Australian Festival of Chamber Music.  The festival runs over 10 days and features over 30 concerts and special events with performances from some of the world’s finest chamber musicians.

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festival imageFjord Classics

Kathryn collaborated with Lars Anders Tomter to produce the inaugural Fjord Classics, a chamber music festival celebrating music from Mozart to Messiaen, Rebecca Clarke to Janacek and with performances from artists that included Leif Oves Andsnes, the Skampa Quartet and Vikingur Olaffson.


festival imageManchester Chamber Concerts Society 2009-14

The MCCS is one of the UKs foremost chamber series and as artistic director Kathryn invited a distinguished array of artists from around the world to give a wide range of programmes at the Royal Northern College of Music.


festival imageLeeds International Chamber Season 2013-14: Dance!

Dance music ranging from Bach to Fitkin has always played a major part in Kathryn’s repertoire. Here she created a series of concerts on the theme of dance with artists such as Mahan Esfahani, the Haffner Wind Ensemble and Isabelle van Keulen playing galliards, Moravian and Spanish dances, tangos and scores of the Ballets Russes.


festival imageIncontri in Terra di Siena 2010-11

“Tuscany’s remote Val d’Orcia is the inspired setting for a distinguished chamber music festival ….few (places) have such an intimate sense of location, history and spectacle.” – Paul French, Herald Tribune
The Incontri festival is recognized as one of the best and most refined in this part of Italy. Its aim is to spread the appreciation of music and art through concerts, meetings and other artistic events and Kathryn had the pleasure to be its guest artistic director for the summers of 2010 and 2011.


Paris 2006, Crucible Studio, Sheffield

Kathryn curated and performed in a series of concerts celebrating some of the great composers who have passed through Paris, making the city one of Europe’s most exciting melting pots of creativity! Jin Ju, Federico Mondelci, Christian Poltéra and the Katona Twins joined with Kathryn to give music by Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Françaix, Dutilleux and Boulanger.


Chopin: The Music and the Legacy

With a considerable reputation for imaginative planning and engaging programming Kathryn Stott was invited by the Leeds International Concert Season to devise a series of seven concerts, ‘Chopin: The Music and The Legacy’, at The Venue, Leeds College of Music. The programmes drew on the music of composers who inspired Chopin and those who were in turn inspired by his distinctive contribution to the piano repertoire and his unique position in the history of music. The chamber and solo recitals involved Kathryn herself alongside such musical collaborators as Aleksander Madzar, Jin Ju, Marc-André Hamelin, Polina Leschenko, Christian Poltéra and Nelson Goerner.


2004-5 Leeds International Concert Season

With a considerable reputation for imaginative planning and engaging programming Kathryn was invited by the LICS to devise a series of concerts based on Chopin’s music and legacy.  The programme drew on the composers who inspired Chopin and those who were in turn inspired by his distinctive contribution to the piano repertoire. The chamber and solo recitals involved Kathryn alongside Aleksander Madzar, Jin Ju, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Polina Leschenko, Christian Poltéra and Nelson Goerner.


festival imagePiano 2003

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Piano 2003 drew together some of the world’s finest pianists for a second special celebration of this most remarkable of instruments. Another pianistic extravaganza, the festival contained a wide range of music, along with an exciting programme of informal events. Performances by the Halle, BBC Philharmonic, St Petersburg Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata took place alongside international recitals with performances by Nikolai Demidenko, Galina Gorkachova, Angela Hewitt, Grigory Sokolov, Mikhail Rudy, Barry Douglas, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet amongst many others.  The programming was shot through with American jazz overtones as well as a distinct Russian flavour celebrating the 300th anniversary of Manchester’s twin – St Petersburg.


festival imagePiano 2000

Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
Kathryn was invited by the Bridgewater Hall to devise an appropriately celebratory event for the new millennium. She chose to focus on the piano with all its associations and in all its many roles. The planning culminated with over 50 events, embracing classical piano, jazz, cabaret, tango, piano-poetry, childrens’ music, coffee concerts and late-night concerts. The famous Red Ferrari Steinway Grand sat in the foyer for members of the public to play while on stage artists included Vladimir Ashkenazy, Alicia de Larrocha, Julian Joseph, John Lill, Howard Shelley, Martin Roscoe, Noriko Ogawa, Yo-Yo Ma, The Lindsays, London winds and Manchester’s three resident orchestras. As a result of the incredible audience response and unprecedented national and international critical recognition to Piano 2000 Kathryn was immediately invited to plan another festival for 2003.


festival imageOut of the Shadows

1998 – Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool
The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic invited Kathryn to be Artistic Director of a short series of concerts at the Philharmonic taking the lives and times of Clara Schumann and Fanny Mendelssohn as its theme. The programmes focused on both women’s music and concerts featured Clara’s Piano Concerto and Fanny’s Piano trio as well as works by Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann and Brahms.


Fauré and the French Connection

1995 – Manchester
Kathryn celebrated the 150th anniversary of Gabriel Fauré by single-handedly organising a two-week festival with 12 concerts at the Free Trade Hall and Royal Northern College of Music. The BBC Philharmonic  and Yan Pascal Tortelier were pivotal to the celebration and joined by guest soloists Yo-Yo Ma, Raphael Oleg, Sally Burgess, and Michael George while the chamber concerts included performances by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Della Jones, Malcolm Martineau and the Labeques. The concerts featured solely French Music, highlighting Fauré along with works by Chausson, Dukas Ravel, Chabrier and others. BBC Radio 3 broadcast  8 of the concerts helping to establish the festival as one of the year’s major artistic events. Following the Fauré festival, Kathryn was appointed Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government.