Scots/Australian fiddler Catherine Fraser has gained a reputation as a world-class performer and teacher, and presents the music of her heritage with finesse, passion and sensitivity. Constantly in demand for concerts and workshops and acknowledged for her ability to combine a high level of technical skill with a rare depth of emotional expression, Catherine has gained the respect of audiences and students alike.
Catherine studied classical music throughout high school and university, graduating with a Bachelor of Music Teaching in 2001. It was traditional music that continued to inspire and excite her however, and she played in many bands for concerts and dances throughout these years. She is the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including The Australasian Golden Fiddle Award for Best Soloist 2010, the Open Fiddle Championship, Kirriemuir, Scotland 2005, and the South Australian Music Industry Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Folk Music in 1996 & 1997.
In 2004 Catherine founded the Southern Hemisphere International School of Scottish Fiddle. Recognising a lack of exposure for Australians and New Zealanders to masters of the Scottish idiom, she established the school as a week-long annual camp, bringing guest instructors from Scotland, North America and Canada, as well as teaching herself. The camp caters for players of all ages and ability levels and has gained a reputation as a world class event.
Since starting work in 2001 with pianist Duncan Smith, Catherine has given performances in Scotland, Canada, North America, New Zealand and of course around Australia.