Chilean-born Catalina Vicens enjoys a vibrant international performance and research career. From an early stage of her work, she has specialized in playing antique keyboard instruments, and has been invited to perform on the oldest playable harpsichord in the world featured in "Il Cembalo di Partenope"; the 15th century gothic organ of St. Andreas in Ostönnen (one of the oldest and best preserved organs in the world) and the Neumeyer-Junghanns-Tracey Collection in Germany (where she recorded the award-winning Parthenia 1613 and previously won the 1st prize in harpsichord and fortepiano at the Fritz Neumeyer Competition); the Cobbe, Benton Fletcher and Händel House collections in the UK; as well as the Flint and Boston Museum of Fine Arts in the USA. Catalina is regularly invited to hold master-classes and courses around the world and has served as a jury member at the Jurow International Harpsichord Competition.
Catalina Vicens studied harpsichord at the Curtis Institute (Philadelphia) with L. Party, at the Musikhochschule Freiburg with R. Hill and with A. Marcon at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where under C. Marti she also obtained a Master’s Degree in Medieval Keyboards (world’s first). She later specialized in Contemporary Music Performance (historical keyboards), parallel to taking courses in historic and traditional percussion. While creating the recording of "Il Cembalo di Partenope", she was conducting research for a PhD. degree at Leiden University, under the supervision of D. Fabris and T. Koopman.
Mrs. Vicens regularly performs and records as a member of various European ensembles. She is co-founder of ensemble La Traditora as well as director of Servir Antico, with whom she aims to recover the lesser-known repertoire of the humanistic period (13th-16th century). As an orchestra member, she has performed at prestigious venues such as Theatre Basel, Semperoper, Teatro Colón, Kimmel Centre, Teatro Municipal de São Paulo, under the direction of well-known conductors Otto-Werner Müller, G. von der Goltz, A. Marcon and C.M. Prieto.