Kate Hearne is a recorder player and Baroque cellist from Dublin, Ireland. After completing her Bachelor’s degree at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 2002, Kate decided to leave the Green Isle, and she headed North to Sweden to study with recorder virtuoso Dan Laurin at Stockholm’s Royal College of Music. While there, Kate also began Baroque cello studies with Chrichan Larson, and she went on to complete her Masters studies on both instruments in 2007. This was originally planned to be a short trip, but, despite the long, cold winters, Kate is still living in Sweden, from where she travels throughout Europe working as a free-lance musician.

In 2005, Kate won the inaugural Montréal International Recorder Competition, putting her on the map as one of the emerging stars of both the Early Music and recorder scenes. She is in demand as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician with some of Europe’s leading Baroque ensembles, including the Irish Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Copenhagen (Denmark), Arte dei Suonatori (Poland), Barokkanerne and the Baroque Soloists (Norway), the Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra (Sweden), as well as many other smaller groups. In 2010 she will appear as a soloist in numerous festivals, including the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the Sligo Baroque Festival. She has also started a new quartet, called “Woodpeckers”, alongside three other talented young prizewinning recorder players, Katarina Widell, Per Gross and Caroline Eidsten Dahl, and they are currently working alongside Norway’s Rikskonsertene in a new production for children that will tour in 2011.

Kate is very passionate about the performance and promotion of Early Music among young people, and she spreads this energy and enthusiasm to hundreds of children every year through different schools projects.

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Kate Hearne