Katherine Dowling

Praised by the New York Times for her “crystalline performances, gestural
expressiveness, and careful attention to color”, and by the Boston Globe for her
“effortless incisiveness”, award-winning Canadian pianist Dr. Katherine Dowling
performs across North America and Europe. Equally compelling as a solo, collaborative,
and ensemble player, she holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Stony Brook

Dr. Dowling is familiar to audiences as a multi-year fellow of the Tanglewood Music
Center, a New Fromm Fellow, a Britten-Pears Young Artist, an International Musicians’
Seminar at Prussia Cove artist, through extensive involvement and numerous positions
at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, the Orlando Festival, and the Avaloch Farm
Music Institute, and through two national concert tours under the auspices of the
Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition. As a member of the chamber ensemble
Gruppo Montebello, Dr. Dowling appears on several critically-acclaimed recordings on
the Etcetera label; recent performances have also been broadcast on the CBC (Canada),
BBC (United Kingdom), and National Radio 4 (Holland).

In addition to her performing activities, Dr. Dowling enjoys sharing music as an
educator: she teaches piano and chamber music at the University of Regina, adjudicates
extensively at the regional, provincial, and national levels, and leads masterclasses and
workshops throughout Canada every season. She credits her own teacher Gilbert Kalish,
as well as Dr. Henri-Paul Sicsic and Janice Elliott-Denike, as the major influences in her
musical life.

Dr. Dowling is honoured to be returning to her favourite festival, Ritornello, for the fifth
time, and wishes to express her love, gratitude, and admiration for Jacqueline, Carissa,
Megan, and the music-minded community of Saskatoon.