Katrina was born in London in 1982 and studied as a Scholar at the Royal College of Music with Prof. Jaime Martin, graduating in 2005.  She studied abroad at the Universitat der Kunste, Berlin in 2003 and as a Post-graduate at the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia in Rome in 2006.  The same year, she won a scholarship to the Italian National Youth Orchestra as principal flute.  

She subsequently attended the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome and Milan's Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, studying with Profs. Carlo Tamponi and Davide Formisano. In 2008 she performed as principal flute in La Scala's production of the ballets 'Carmen' and 'L'Arlesienne' with Roberto Bolle, in collaboration with La Scala Academy.

Since 2006, Katrina has performed with the orchestras of Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Filarmonica della Scala, Milan, Symphonica Toscanini (Italy), Orchestra Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Rome, Symphonica d'Italia (Italy) and Sinfonica de Asturias (Oviedo, Spain) and, as principal flute, she has been contracted for programmes with the Filarmonica Toscanini, Parma, Sinfonica di Pescara, Abruzzo, Opera Oggi, Rome, and Sinfonica de Castilla y Leon (Valladolid, Spain).  

She has toured Spain, Italy, Japan, England, Russia, Hungary and the United Arab Emirates with conductors L. Maazel, A. Pappano, D. Harding, Y. Temirkanov, V. Petrenko, B. Haitink, G. Dudamel, R. Chailly, G. Antonini, O. Dantone.  Katrina was awarded 2nd prize in the 'Best soloist' category of the Castilla y Leon (Spain) Young Artists competition 'Arte Joven' in 2009. 

Katrina performs reguarly with the Italian pianist Patrizia Salvini.  The duo have won prizes at the International Cremonesi Competition at the Teatro Filodrammatici in Milan (leading to a debut concert promoted by Corriere della Sera newspaper) and the International Competition in Chieri, Piemonte.  They have given recitals all over Italy, and most recently, at St Martin in the Fields, London in August 2009.  
Click play to hear the Ballade for flute and piano 
by Frank Martin
Katrina Penman - flute
Patrizia Salvini - piano
recorded on 16/04/2009 in Valladolid, Spain
Katrina Penman - flute