The American harpsichordist, Kathleen McIntosh, has BMus from the University of Oregon, C.A.M.S. from King's College, London; and MMus from the University of Washington. Her main teachers were John Hamilton, Thurston Dart and Laurette Goldberg. She won the Lillian and Paul Petri Prize for Foreign Study made possible by studies in England.
Kathleen McIntosh performs regularly with Santa Fe (NM) Pro Musica, Serenata de Santa Fe and the Taos Chamber Music Group. She has appeared as soloist with the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin in Moscow, the National Symphony Orchestra of Vietnam in Hanoi, the Sinfonica de Santiago in Santiago de Cuba, the New American Chamber Orchestra in Spain, the Camerata de la Casa del Lago in Mexico City, and with chamber orchestras throughout the western USA. She is the frequent guest of Conjunto Ars Longa in Havana, and of the Deya International Festival in Mallorca.
Kathleen McIntosh has played regularly in the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival since 1996, and in the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival since 1999. She has also been featured in the Tsuyama All-Round International Festival (Japan), LaJolla Summerfest (California) San Anselmo Organ Festival (California), New Texas Festival and Music from Angel Fire (NM) among others.
An exponent of contemporary music, Kathleen McIntosh appeared regularly on the series 20th Century Unlimited, and has been a guest of John Kennedy’s Santa Fe New Music. She has premiered works by Alex Shapiro, Tomiko Kohjiba and many others, with violinist Robin Lorentz, and of course, with Marlow Fisher. In summer 2005 she played the first performance of a work by Melinda Wagner (commissioned by the Bravo Festival) with the Rossetti String Quartet.
The Los Angeles Reader wrote of her performance of the J.S. Bach Goldberg Variations (BWV 988) that “her nearly flawless technique” and “understated eloquence. . . produced revelatory results”. Of her recording of the complete keyboard works of Boismortier, Continuo Magazine said “A breathtakingly beautiful performance.” Heard frequently on NPR’s ”Performance Today”, Kathleen McIntosh records for Gasparo CD's on harpsichords by John Phillips. She plays a work by Alex Shapiro (commissioned for her called Slipping) on her new disc,
"Voices from the Kelp" (InNova Recordings), with violinist Robin Lorentz and percussionist Dan Morris. In July 2008 she released a recording: "Antonio Soler Sonatas" (Maricam Studio) with Eleven sonatas. Another new recordings planned for release in November 2008 is "Kathleen McIntosh plays J.S. Bach" (Maricam Studio). On this CD, Italian Concerto in F major, BWV 971; French Overture in B minor, BWV 831; Prelude, Fugue & Allegro for lute in E flat major, BWV 998; Fantasia & Fugue in A minor, BWV 904; Prelude in G major, BWV 902.