Magazine article Musical Opinion

Katharine Gowers

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Katharine Gowers

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Geoffrey Crankshaw has been talking with the young Violinist

Those who have followed the blossoming career of Katharine Gowers will be fully aware that this young British violinist has exceptional gifts of musicianship and technical command. Even more important is her innate sense of style: a priceless gift which lifts her playing to a level of exceptional maturity.

Not that she s e e rn s particularly aware of all this. As one talks to her she conveys a natural modesty which is not to be confused with diffidence: rather is it the essential quality of spirit which will enable her to climb one mountain after another with ever-increasing sense of accomplishment, and an even greater determination to forge perpetually ahead as one musical peak after another comes majestically into view, each tempting the consummate artist with new challenges.

She is well aware that the firefly of perfection always dances ahead of any true musician. What matters as re ga rds artistic fulfilment is the steadfast pursuit of perfection which enables the most familiar work to be tackled with ever-fresh insight into its mysteries. Being the daughter of Patrick Gower's will have enabled her to see the workings of a composer at home and brought special understanding to her new score.

She studied for five years at the Menuhin School in Surrey, and her principal mentor has been David Takeno, to whom she pays high tribute.

Katharine enjoys all forms of music-making; concerto, chamber music, solo recitals. …

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