Katharine Fuge grew up on the Channel Island of Jersey, and read music at City University, London. As a respected and versatile performer, she appears in major festivals, concert venues and cathedrals across Europe and worldwide. She has a well-established reputation as a performer of great integrity and sensitivity, with a special feeling for text and language in both concert and recital.
She has performed all over the world, including North and South America and the Far East, and at the BBC Proms and the Aldeburgh, Beaune, Edinburgh, Göttingen, Halle, Leipzig Bachfest, Regensburg, Schleswig-Holstein, St. Magnus, St. Petersburg and Utrecht Festivals.
Although Katharine specialises in music of the Baroque and Classical period, her range is wide, including performances of Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem (Orchestre des Champs Elysées and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique), Grieg Peer Gynt (Basel Chamber Orchestra), Haydn Harmoniemesse (Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France), Haydn Die Schöpfung (Scottish Chamber Orchestra), Mendelssohn Elias (Akademie für Alte Musik), Mozart Requiem (City of London Sinfonia, Academy of Ancient Music), Poulenc Gloria (Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra) and the première of the Requiem by Carl Rütti (the Bach Choir).
She has enjoyed a long and fruitful association with John Eliot Gardiner and has also worked with Frieder Bernius, Frans Brüggen, Pierre Cao, Harry Christophers, Stephen Cleobury, Marcus Creed, Andrew Davis, Edward Downes, Richard Egarr, Thierry Fischer, Philippe Herreweghe, David Hill, Ton Koopman, Paul McCreesh, Roger Norrington, Hans-Christoph Rademann, David Stern and Hidemi Suzuki.
Katharine is a versatile and acclaimed recitalist, and she enjoys exploring wide ranging repertoire, from Purcell & Oswald, and Haydn & Schetky songs with David McGuinness (harpsichord & fortepiano), to Chausson at Le Grange de Meslay festival with Michel Dalberto (piano), Peeters, Andriessen and Blackford at Winchester Cathedral with Sarah Baldock (organ), and Duparc, Ravel & Massenet with Richard Evans (piano) at La Folle Journée, Nantes.
Her recordings include volumes of Bach Cantatas with both Gardiner (DG Archiv and SDG, from the Bach Cantata Pilgrimage of 2000) and Philippe Pierlot's Ricercar Consort (Mirare), Handel Dixit Dominus and Vivaldi Gloria (Philips Classics), the Caledonia Sessions from the 2009 Edinburgh Festival with Concerto Caledonia (Delphian) and Handel Messiah with Musica Florea Prague (Feldgen). Most recently released are Welt, gute Nacht (JC Bach), Bach St. John Passion and Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, all with Gardiner (SDG).
Recent and current engagements include Mozart Mass in C minor at the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester Cathedral with the Philharmonia Orchestra directed by Adrian Partington, Bach St. Matthew Passion with Concerto d'Amsterdam and Vocaal Ensemble Cantatrix, Haydn Jahreszeiten with the Nagoya Symphony Orchestra, Japan, Mozart Requiem with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Purcell at the Early Music Festival, St. Petersburg, Handel Messiah with the North Netherlands Orchestra, Scarlatti with Israel Camerata, and Bach Cantatas with Florilegium.
Katharine also teaches the trebles of the renowned Trinity Boys Choir, preparing them for opera and concert performances all over Europe. She lives by the sea in West Dorset and when she's not swimming or gardening, she enjoys live music of all sorts.