Catherine Mackintosh


Catherine Mackintosh has been one of the most important artists during the fascinating era of early music revival

Artistic Leader

Catherine is one of the most experienced orchestra concertmistresses and artistic leaders, having led The Academy of Ancient Music, Purcell Quartet and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. 


Catherine’s full biography. During an illustrious career she has been one of the most active British musicians both at home and internationally.


Impressions by Catherine’s former students and colleagues about her impact on their careers and musical world in general.


Catherine has passed on her enthusiasm for early style in performance to countless younger musicians and is frequently invited to direct workshops and masterclasses around the world. 


Catherine Mackintosh made influential recordings of the most relevant music from baroque period. She is on over 40 recordings of baroque and classical music periods.


Comments on Catherine’s performances and recordings by music writers in music magazines and other media.

Catherine Mackintosh,
an important pioneer
and inspiring artist

Artistic Leader

Catherine Mackintosh possesses unique energy that elevates each performance and takes it to the next level. She inspires musicians she works with through sharing her deep understanding of music while infusing rehearsals and concerts with the joy of music-making.

Catherine is a regular guest leader of many European and Australian ensembles.


Catherine has been teaching at the Royal College of Music in London, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Hague Royal Conservatoire.

She has been giving masterclasses and lessons in summer courses in UK, Holland, Croatia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Australia and Japan. She has taught and supported numerous young musicians who are now at the forefront of early and baroque music in UK and Europe.


Catherine's breadth and depth of experience in teaching, performing, directing and recording makes her one of a kind.

Helen Kruger,
Artistic Director
Australian Baroque

Her work with ensembles across the globe has opened up new horizons in the musical lives of too many to count. The more people can benefit from her expertise and spirit, the richer the world's musical tapestry will become.

Kati Debretzeni,
English Baroque Orchestra
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Monteverdi Orchestra

Cat is a remarkable teacher - brilliant at communicating, she has a gift for guiding and encouraging her students, helping them to become independent musicians.

Clare Salaman,
Artistic Director
The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

Cat Mackintosh is one of the biggest influences on my musical life ... a remarkable musician, teacher, leader and musical director

Laurence Cummings,
conductor and harpsichordist
Artistic Director
London Handel Festival
Göttingen Händel Festival


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