Katy Elman


Katy was born in 1987. She began playing the snare drum at the age of eight and soon won a place as a junior exhibitioner at The Guildhall School of Music, where her love for tuned percussion flourished. She then studied at The Purcell School and completed her fulltime education at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester where she was tutored by Paul Patrick, David Hext and David Hassel. She won a scholarship to further her studies with Richard Benjafield,Mike Skinner and Davd Corkhill at the Guildhall school of music.

Katy made her solo London debut at St. James Piccadilly at the age of 14 and subsequently played timpani and orchestral percussion in some of the country`s leading concert venues including The Bridge Water Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Symphony Hall and The Barbican. In her final year of school she premiered The Concerto for Marimba and Vibraphone, by the composer Tim Brice.

Katy is a performer with the Concordia Foundation with whom she has performed several solo recitals at venues including, St. Martin in the Fields and St. James’s Piccadilly. She also works extensively with Concordia’s Educational programme taking workshops and playing an integral part in the children’s productions of ‘The Rhythm of Life’ and ‘The Spotted Cow and the Piano Forte’. She has been the focus for a BBC documentary and performed live on BBC radio 3. Currently Katy is a member of the Aurelian Ensemble and very much in demand as a guest timpanist and percussionist with several orchestras based in London and the Home Counties. Katy now runs the country’s leading percussion sheet music, mallet and accessories shop, Southern Percussion and is currently on tour with Buddy Gecco and Lezlie Anders

Katy is the 2008 winner of the Barthel International Prize for Excellence

‘Katy is an outstanding percussionist with drive and passion’ Classic FM

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