Catherine Hewgill began her cello studies at the age of ten in Perth. In 1978 she performed with the West Australian Youth Orchestra before travelling to the UK for a year’s study with Eileen Croxford at the Royal College of Music in London.
In 1981 Catherine Hewgill gave solo performances with the University of Southern California Orchestra and the American Youth Symphony Orchestra. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree and received awards for Outstanding Chamber Music Graduate, and an Aspen Fellowship to the Aspen Summer Music Festival in Colorado, where she was Principal Guest Cellist with the Chamber Orchestra.
In 1984 she won the Hammer-Rostropovich Scholarship and was invited by Mstislav Rostropovich to appear in a special recital at the Second American Cello Congress in Arizona. A period of private study with Rostropovich followed.
She returned to Perth in 1985 to appear as soloist with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Then followed a European concert tour with ‘I Solisti Veneti’, and study with William Pleeth in London. On her return to Australia she joined the Australian Chamber Orchestra.
In 1989 Catherine Hewgill joined the Sydney Symphony, and was appointed Principal Cello a year later. She has performed as a soloist of distinction with most of the major Australian symphony orchestras and in solo recitals. Recent performances with the Sydney Symphony have included Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante and C major Cello Concerto, Elgar’s Cello Concerto and the Brahms Double Concerto with Concertmaster Michael Dauth.
In 2003 Catherine and Michael toured Japan with the Orchestra Ensemble Kamazawa, performing the Brahms in amongst other cities Tokyo and Osaka. In December last year she featured as a soloist with violinist Nigel Kennedy in performances with the SSO.