Katy Bircher (flute) is established as a specialist of early flutes and, as such, has worked with most of the UK-based early music groups in repertoire ranging from Dowland to Wagner. As a soloist she has played concertos with the Dunedin Consort, the Academy of Ancient Music, La Serenissima, and Concerto Copenhagen, appearing in concerts across Europe, the United States and the Far East. Following her Gramophone Award-winning recording of Vivaldi concertos, ‘The French Connection’, with La Serenissima, she was selected to give the first performance and recording of the newly discovered ‘Il Gran Mogul’ concerto by Vivaldi (‘The French Connection’ 2, Avie). She has contributed to many critically acclaimed orchestral recordings as principal flute, notably Haydn’s The Creation with the Gabrieli Consort and Players, Bach’s Mass in B minor with Concerto Copenhagen and St John Passion with the Dunedin Consort. She teaches Baroque flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Centre for Early Music Performance and Research at Birmingham University, and has given masterclasses in the UK and abroad.