Katya is one of the few harpists in the UK who plays both a full-size concert harp, and a small, strap-on Electric Harp.
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A gifted Classical and Jazz Harpist, Katya recently embarked on a residency under Deborah Henson-Conant, the world's foremost electric harpist, in the United States. Katya studied the harp with Eira Lynn Jones at Chetham's School of Music, in Manchester. She spent her early years training as a junior at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, under the guidance of Charlotte Seale, where she was later offered a scholarship to pursue fulltime studies.
Katya has performed internationally and at many prestigious venues in the UK including St John's Smith Square, the Royal Albert Hall, the Barbican Centre, LSO St. Luke's and the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Katya has performed for HRH Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle, at the House of Lords, in the company of Prince Charles at St. James' Palace, and for HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at the Senate House in Cambridge. She performed at George Best's Memorial Service at Manchester Cathedral, and for George Martin's Birthday Celebration at GSMD.
Katya has enjoyed much collaboration with various solo instrumentalists, orchestras, singers and pop groups. Recent collaborations include playing with The Noisettes, the Emily Dankworth Jazz Quartet, her harp & vocal duo - Katya & Phoebe, and The Staircase Band, providers of whirling gypsy hurly-burly, Balkan beats and Klezmer.