Currently Teaching: Music Academy
Katarina Pliego is currently pursuing a doctorate in cello performance at the University of Northern Colorado, studying with Gal Faganel. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree with honours from Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge (UK) where her teacher was Caroline Bosanquet, and a Master of Music degree in cello performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (UK) where she studied with Rudi de Groote.
Katarina has participated in master classes with Peter Stumpf, Alexander Buzlov, Natalia Gutman, Karine Georgian, David Grigorian, Heidi Litchauer and members of the Brodsky Quartet. She has commissioned and premiered many new works for the cello, including Kevin Flanagan’s Cello Suite, Julio d’Escrivan’s La Prueba, Tim Miles’ Threnos and Crt Sojar Voglar’s Hard Rock Cello Party.
In 2015 she won the Rocky Mountain Concerto Competition and in 2014 the prestigious Southward Award. In 2012 she received a distinction for her final master’s recital and in 2010 a scholarship to study at the RCS. In 2011 she was the Jeunesses Musicales recipient and toured Slovenia with pianist Nafis Umerkulova. In 2006 and 2012 she received third prize at Competition for Young Slovenian Cellists and in 2010 a second prize at the BBC SSO Concerto Competition. In 2009 she received a scholarship for the Stamford International Chamber Music Festival (UK) and in 2011 for the Wagner Orchestra in Bayreuth (Germany). As a soloist she has performed with Anglia Ruskin University Orchestra, K239 Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Music School Žalec and Nottingham Youth Orchestra.
Since her studies at UNC, she has been the principal cellist in the symphony orchestra and opera. She is also a regular sub for Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra. In 2013 she performed for the members of the White House at the Kennedy Center in Washington and in 2012 performed at Cadogan Hall in London for the members of the British Royal Family. She was assistant principal cellist in the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra in 2008 and a principal cellist in Orion and London Arte Chamber Orchestra in 2012 and 2013. Katarina has performed with Ilya Gringolts, Tom Poster, Guy Johnston, Julian Lloyd Weber, and more.
From August 2013 to April 2014 she toured the world as principal cellist in the Shen Yun Performing Arts, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Renee and Henry Segerstrom Hall in Los Angeles, and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.