Catherine Upex

Catherine Upex studied the 'cello with Dorothy Sumner and Georg Pedersen, obtaining her AmusA in 1990. As a member of the SBS Youth Orchestra she toured Europe, Taiwan and the Pacific and participated in several recordings for SBS Television.

Catherine completed her Bachelor of Music (Honours) at Sydney University in 1997. She has also made several chamber music recordings for 2MBS FM and ABC FM. During this period, Catherine studied viola da gamba with Jennifer Eriksson. She has performed on the instrument in several ensembles including The Renaissance Players, the Conservatorium Baroque Orchestra, Salut! Baroque, The Sydney Consort, Lautetia, La Folia, the Opera Project and Zarabanda. Along with lutenist Tommie Andersson, Catherine has been a member of The Marais Project from the founding of the ensemble in 2000 and has performed in virtually every concert. She regularly appears with Jennifer Eriksson as a duo and has toured interstate with her on several occasions.

Catherine Upex appears on

Australian Monody

The Marais Project is joined by international countertenor, Russell Harcourt, in a brilliant collection of largely Australian songs and instrumental works exploring light and darkness, love and loss.

Performer: viola da gamba

Spinning Forth

The title of this CD is suggestive of the music yet to come. The album draws together several threads implicit in Marais' purpose and their Swedish roots. At the core remains the Viol de Gamba music of the French baroque, but also newly commissioned Australian compositions - spinning forth in new directions.

Performer: Viola da Gamba

Lady Sings the Viol

The concept behind "Lady Sings the Viol" was to create a CD of "covers" of popular tunes. Five very different singers individually and collectively perform songs from 1300 to the present day including music by Piaf, John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin's bassist), Schubert and Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin.

Performer: Viola da Gamba

Love Reconciled

Representing a landmark in the maturity of early music performance in Australia, The Marais Project presents "Love Reconciled", a recording to play often and savor deeply.

Performer: Viola da Gamba