Katherine Griffith is one of three winners in the 2008 Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition. She will be performing the first movement of Mozart’s Flute Concerto in G Major in Pro Arte’s Wunderkinds of Music subscription concert on November 30, 2008.
She has been studying the flute for twelve years. Her teacher is Dan Riley at New England Conservatory’s Preparatory School. Katherine is no stranger to competition—she has been first flute in her freshman and junior years of the Northeast and Eastern Senior Districts and Massachusetts All-State Music Festivals. She has performed in Carnegie Hall with the competitively selected 2007 National Wind Ensemble and was the 2007 Baroque Chamber Orchestra Flute Concerto Competition winner at NEC’s Preparatory School. Last year, Katherine won first prize in the 2007 New England String Ensemble Flute Concerto Competition and was third prizewinner of Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2008 Concerto Competition. In addition, the 2008 National High School Honors Orchestra awarded her the principal flute chair. Last summer, Katherine won third prize in the National Flute Association’s 2008 High School Soloist Competition, chosen from a pool of international contestants.
Katherine has performed with NEC’s Youth Philharmonic Orchestra (YPO) under the direction of Benjamin Zander for the past three years. She appeared in Carnegie Hall with the YPO in the fall of 2006 for a PBS televised performance of From The Top: Live From Carnegie Hall. In the summer of 2007 Katherine toured China with the YPO. This summer she plans to tour South Africa with the YPO.