Kate Romano studied as a clarinettist at the Royal Northern College of Music and went on to pursue her interest in composition and contemporary performance practice at Cambridge University (MPhil) and Kings College London where she gained her Ph.D. Kate gave her debut London recital at the age of 22 in the Purcell Room and has since enjoyed a varied career focusing largely on contemporary music. As a soloist and chamber musician she has given over 100 premieres and performed at most UK festivals including Huddersfield, Cheltenham and BMIC’ s Cutting Edge. Her first solo CD (Metier MSV 92013) was chamber music “Pick of the Month” in BBC Music Magazine.
Although Kate’s compositional output is varied, she has an interest in writing for the clarinet and particularly in expanding the repertoire of the E flat clarinet. Works for the instrument include Pied Piper (on Metier MSV 92074), the clarinet quartet Hamelin Pipes, written for the Wigmore Hall debut of the Chinook Clarinet. Quartet, and a clarinet./soprano duo for Jane Manning, Kate currently combines performing with an academic career in her post a a lecturer at Guildhall School of Music and Drama.