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Kathryn Ladano MMus is one of Canada’s premiere bass clarinetists. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across Canada and has been featured on CBC radio and in print across the country. Several works have been composed for her and her ensembles from some of Canadas most distinguished composers. Kathryn holds a masters degree in bass clarinet performance from the University of Calgary and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Waterloo. She has participated in master classes conducted by world renowned bass clarinetist Harry Sparnaay, and her performance instructors include Stan Climie and Tilly Kooyman. In 2004, Kathryn was a recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts grant which allowed her to study with renowned bass clarinettist and improvisor, Lori Freedman in Montréal. Kathryn has also studied Electroacoustic Composition with Richard Windeyer.

As a specialist of New Music and Free Improvisation, Kathryn's repertoire often incorporates extended techniques and implements electroacoustic and audio/visual accompaniment. As an enthusiast of bass clarinet repertoire, she has guest lectured in university composition classes across Canada speaking about compositional techniques used in music for her instrument.

Kathryn has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in the Calgary New Music and Contemporary Showcase Festivals, Calgarys Nach Hause concert series, the University of Waterloo, University of Guelph, and University of Western Ontarios noon hour series the Calgary high performance rodeo, the KWCMS concert series, Torontos Leftover Daylight and NOW series', the 416 Creative Improvisors Festival, Torontos CONTACT New Music Marathon, the Guelph "Sundays at the Centre" series, at Calgarys Beat Niq Jazz Club, at Vancouvers 1067, and live on CKMS radio in Waterloo. Her music has also been featured on CBC radio 2, CISM in Montréal, CJSW in Calgary, and on TienCC in The Netherlands.

In 2004 Kathryn founded Canada's first bass clarinet duo, Bass Impact with fellow bass clarinettist, Tilly Kooyman. Bass Impact had the honour of representing Canada and performing a recital of Canadian compositions at the 2005 World Bass Clarinet Convention in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

In 2006 she co-founded the Kitchener-Waterloo Improvisers Collective (KWIC). KWIC's mandate has been to work to promote improvising musicians, and the improvised music scene in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.

Currently, Kathryn performs as a soloist and in a number of ensembles that specialize in improvisation such as Digital Prowess, In Orbit, and The VOC Silent Film Harmonic. She was a 2008 KW Arts Awards nominee in the music category and she is a 2010 nominee for KW Oktoberfest Woman of the Year in the “arts and culture” category. Kathryn Ladano is a Vandoren Canada musician.