Principal Cornet Kathleen Gaspoz
Swiss Cornet player Kathleen Gaspoz started playing the Piano at the age of seven, and the Cornet at the age of eight in her hometown band, Echo des Glaciers, situated in a little village called Vex in the Swiss Alps. She started entering solo competitions at the age of ten and since then has won numerous regional and national titles, including becoming the Swiss Cornet champion 3 times, in 2008, 2011 and 2012.
In 2008, Kathleen was one of the founding members of the Valaisia Brass Band, holding the Flugal position from 2012-2014, in which she was part of the bands success at the Swiss Nationals in 2009 and the Swiss Open in 2013. Throughout this time, Kathleen also focused on her piano playing and successfully gained a Diploma in 2010.
Kathleen was a member of the National Youth Brass Band of Switzerland from 2006 to 2015, in which she was Principal Cornet from 2012 to 2015. Furthermore, Kathleen was principal Cornet of the European Youth Brass Band in 2011 (Montreux) and 2013 (Oslo). Kathleen’s dream has always been to study music, but it is only after obtaining a First Class Degree in Economics from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland that she could finally fulfill this dream.
Kathleen studied her Masters in Music at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2015-2016 and graduated with a distinction. During her studies, Kathleen was also a recipient of the Stanley Picker Trust and became a Besson artist. After completing her Master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music, Kathleen has continued her studies at the RNCM undertaking an Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Studies on Cornet and Trumpet.
After joining Fodens and competing in the British Open and the National Finals of Great Britain 2015, Kathleen was offered a Solo Cornet seat in the Black Dyke Band. In December 2016, Kathleen was promoted to Repiano cornet of Black Dyke.
In April 2017, Kathleen became Brighouse & Rastrick’s first female principal cornet on the invitation of Prof. David King who had been impressed by her playing in a masterclass held at the RNCM earlier in the year. She made her debut at the European Championships 2017 in Ostend.