Born in Liverpool, Katrina’s first compositional studies were taken at the University of Glasgow. She then completed an MMus and PhD (in composition) at the University of Edinburgh; both degrees funded by the AHRC. During her PhD studies she was awarded a number of scholarships that enabled her to undertake research in New York, resulting in a large-scale orchestral work influenced by the architecture of the Chrysler Building. Katrina was appointed Lecturer in Music at Edinburgh Napier University in 2007 and is currently Programme Leader of the Bachelor of Music degree.
As a composer Katrina’s music is very much inspired by an interest in the visual arts: painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture. Her work has been performed by the Orchestra of Scottish Opera, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, NYOS: Futures, the Concorde Ensemble, the Research Ensemble and the Edinburgh Quartet with performances in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Malta, Australia, South Korea and the US.
Katrina’s interest in music and architecture has resulted in two commissions by the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s Open House Chicago event. She is one of the leaders on a telematic performing arts project, involving faculty and students at ENU and universities in the USA and Liverpool. This project has enabled Katrina to compose for dance, an area of her compositional practice she is keen to develop.
She is the recipient of two Edinburgh Napier Students’ Association Excellence Awards and is a Fellow of the HEA.