Kate Gould established the Ironstone Chamber Music Festival in 2013 with her violinist sister Lucy Gould.
Kate was a scholar at the Royal Academy of Music, London from 1990, where she formed the celebrated Leopold String Trio. They recorded for Hyperion Records and soon became BBC New Generation Artists and toured international concert halls on the ECHO Rising Stars scheme. Kate used their Borletti‐Buitoni Trust Award to curate twelve concerts at Wigmore Hall and the trio went on to win the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber Music.
From 2012-2022 she turned her focus to the London Bridge Trio, most recently recording piano trios by Schumann and Mendelssohn in their ‘The Leipzig Circle’ series. She has been a member of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe since 2000, performing internationally under conductors past and present such as Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Daniel Harding, Bernard Haitink
and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
Solo and chamber music highlights this season include performing at Wigmore Hall, London; Duke’s Hall at the Royal Academy of Music for the London Cello Society; the Wurzburg Mozartfest, Germany – performing Isabel Mundry’s ‘Le Corps des Cordes’ for solo cello in a Chamber Orchestra of Europe concert; the Festival de los Siete Lagos, Argentina, the Penarth, Ironstone and Corbridge Chamber Music Festivals and South Downs Summer Music in the UK. In May Kate performed at her own festival, the thriving Winchester Chamber Music Festival, which she founded in her hometown in 2007.As guest principal cellist she has worked this season with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera North, English Chamber Orchestra and, on gut strings, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Kate presently gives classes at the Royal Academy of Music and has taught at the Royal College of Music and Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She has coached at many summer courses, more recently including Cadenza (London) and Citta Alta Chamber Music Week (Bergamo). She is the cello coach of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales.