Catherine Marwood studied at the Royal Academy Of Music and spent the following nine years playing with the Fairfield String Quartet with whom she toured Europe and recorded for the Hyperion label. She also explored the oboe quartet repertoire with the Marwood Ensemble and recorded a disc of the music of Jean Francaix.
In 1988 she was appointed principal viola with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a position she held for ten years. She appeared many times as soloist with the orchestra collaborating with such artists as Joseph Swensen, Yuri Bashmet and Ernst Kovacic and in the SCO’s chamber series she worked with Michael Collins, Stephen Isserlis, Peter Donohoe and many others. She also premièred and recorded Sir Peter Maxwell Davies Strathclyde concerto no 5.
Catherine has also appeared as soloist with a number of other orchestras including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She is principal viola in the Scottish Ensemble who have recorded under the prestigious Wigmore Live label, frequently broadcast on Radio 3 and tour extensively in this country and abroad. Catherine works with many chamber groups and orchestras and in 2009 she was appointed principal viola in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
Other commitments include teaching at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh and examining for the Associated Board.