Catherine Kwak

Talented New Zealand cellist Catherine Kwak has been selected as one of only 30 semifinalists, from all over the world, to compete in the 2015 Johansen International Competition (JIC) for Young String Players Ages 13–17 (violin, viola, cello). This prestigious competition takes place only once every 3 years. Prizes include $67,000 in cash awards, plus possible performance opportunities that may include a Winners’ Recital in Washington, DC, and solo appearances with orchestra.

As preparation for the event, and to help raise funds for her travel expenses, Catherine is going to treat us to a performance of her competition programme just days before she departs for Washington, in time for rehearsals on 18th March.

Katherine Austin and Francis Cowan will be accompanying Catherine.


Bach - Suite No.5 for Solo Cello

  • I    Prelude
  • II  Allemande
  • III Courante
  • IV Sarabande
  • V Gavotte 
  • VI Gigue

Chopin - Sonata for Cello and Piano

(Pianist: Katherine Austin)

  • I  Allegro Moderato
  • II Scherzo
  • III Largo

Tchaikovsky - Pezzo Capriccioso

(Pianist: Francis Cowan)

David Froom - "Shades of Red"

Elgar - Cello Concerto in e minor

(Pianist: Francis Cowan)

  • I  Adagio - Moderato
  • II Lento - Allegro molto
  • III Adagio
  • IV Allegro - Moderato