Concert pianist Caterina Grewe learned from some of the best and is keen to share her knowledge the same way.
The internationally acclaimed German-Japanese musician performs in aid of The Amber Trust at The Wathen Hall on March 2. She returns to St Paul’s School where she taught before joining the Royal College of Music (RCM) as a piano professor in 2019.
Caterina studied at the Hamburg Conservatory, Chetham’ s School of Music and at the RCM under the tutelage of the late Bernard Robert, the late Yonty Solomon, Ian Jones, Professor Vanessa Latarche and Professor Dmitri Alexeev, who remains her long-term mentor.
Next month, she will perform having spent much of the past two years teaching online and preparing for concerts later cancelled due to the pandemic.
She admits it has been hard work, but her love for music has always been the driving force. Her passion for the German Romantic era will certainly be evident when she plays for Amber in March.
“It is wonderful to have the combination of playing professionally and also looking after the next generation of musicians,” she says.
“My one top tip for aspiring musicians is to choose music as a career for the right reasons. Do it for the love of music and not for any other reason.”
“It is a very tough career to choose if you are doing it for fame, for money or anything else. There has to be a connection with the music. There is a lot of practice involved.”
For full details and for tickets to Caterina Grewe’s piano recital, featuring works from Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms, please click here.
Read her thoughts on the programme she will play here and her excitement at returning to The Wathen Hall here.