Katrina Marzella has been hailed as one of the leading baritone horn players of her generation. Her musical development owes much to the rich brass band heritage she encountered growing up in West Lothian, Scotland. Katrina is the solo baritone player of Black Dyke Band.
During her youth, Katrina won a myriad of competitions and titles, including five consecutive Scottish Schools Solo Championships (1997 - 2001), both the Scottish Youth and Open Solo Championships in 2004, the inaugural BBC Radio 2 Young Brass Soloist of the Year in 2004, the British Open Solo Championships in 2006 and 2007, the Ern Keller International Soloist title in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and 2008, and she was runner-up at the 5th European Soloist Competition in Linz, Austria in 2010.
Katrina was awarded the ‘Best Soloist’ award at the 2014 European Brass Band Championships held on home soil in Scotland. She was immensely proud to be part of Black Dyke’s historic ‘treble victory’ comprising the 2014 British Open Championships, 2014 National Finals and 2015 European Championships. Black Dyke awarded her the Pondasher of the Year Award for her contributions to the band in 2015.
Katrina is passionate about the profile of the baritone horn and, after receiving a bursary from BBC Fame Academy, used this funding to commission original solo repertoire from some of the genre’s most prolific composers. Many of these works are featured on her debut solo CD, eponymously titled Katrina, which was released to critical acclaim in 2009.
As a soloist and teacher, Katrina has travelled across Europe, Asia, Australasia and North America. She studied at postgraduate level at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. As an undergraduate, Katrina read law at the University of Glasgow and is now qualified to practise as a solicitor in England and Wales.