Catherine Gibson has an extensive musical background in both New Zealand and the UK as a professional oboist and teacher, and orchestral and chamber music coach. In the UK she free-lanced with orchestras such as Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, English Sinfonia and small chamber groups that toured Music Societies around the UK. She also managed the internationally acclaimed and UK based London Conchord Ensemble.
More recently her focus has been on senior arts management here in New Zealand. Catherine was Artistic Manager and then Chief Executive for Chamber Music New Zealand before taking up the role as Chief Executive for Orchestras Central Trust in April 2021.
Catherine is well versed in the opportunities and challenges for young New Zealand musicians, having guided her own two children through their study pathways on bassoon and viola to successful careers in the music profession.
Conductor, Rusty Player Orchestra
Associate Conductor and String Tutor, YOW
Catherine Polglase is a freelance violinist, Suzuki violin teacher and conductor. She studied modern and baroque violin, completing a Bachelor of Arts (Music and History) and Diploma of Teaching (Secondary) at the University of Auckland. She studied conducting under Karyn Gryls, Rita Paczian and Chad Davenport while teaching in classroom, directing and conducting a range of music ensembles and orchestras in four large Auckland Music Departments from 1994 to 2003.
Since moving to Hamilton, Catherine has performed on modern and baroque violin with NZ Barok, Opus and Vox Barok.
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