Grown up in South Tyrol (Italy), pianist Katharina Thöni has recently returned from touring the United States of America as an orchestral pianist with the European Union Youth Orchestra and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy, performing concerts in Interlaken, New York, Washington, Chicago, Boston, Bloomington, Chapel Hill and Evanston.
Katharinas interest in chamber music and collaborative work led to specialization in chamber music at the Accademia Musicale di Firenze with Pier Narciso Masi, the Mahler Academy Bolzano (with the members of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra), and as a member of the Orchestra Giovanile Italiana in Fiesole.
More recently, Katharina has collaborated with the Monteverdi Chamber Orchestra, The Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra and the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento. An advocate for a diverse range of music, Katharina recently performed a piano trio by Cecilia McDowall at the British Viola Festival, for which she received high acclaims from the composer. She was also involved in the world premiere of Diana Burrells work The hours in autumn 2011.
Katharina graduated in 2014 with Master of Arts in piano accompaniment from the Royal Academy of Music, where she studied under the guidance of Andrew West and Michael Dussek and worked with Audrey Hyland, Angelika Kirchschlager, Dennis O'Neill, Malcolm Martineau, Michael Chance and Roger Vignoles.
The 2013/14 season saw her involved in chamber music and Lied recitals in Italy, Austria, Luxembourg and Germany, most recently at the Mantova Chamber Music Festival.
From September 2014 she will join the Academy of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig.