Katalin Károlyi began her musical studies on the violin before admitted in the Children’s Choir of Hungarian Radio and Television. Arriving in Paris she went on to set up the Studio Versailles Opéra guided by Rachel Yakar and René Jacobs.
Since she has sung under the direction of conductors such as Lord Yehudi Menuhin, William Christie, Philippe Herreweghe, Reinbert de Leeuw, Thomas Adès, Georges Benjamin, Susanna Mälkki. She has performed at many festivals including Aix-en-Provence, Ravinia Chicago, Festival del Centro Histórico México, Ille-de-France and also appeared with leading opera companies worldwide including the Opéra National de Paris, Teatro alla Scala, Teatro Colon, and in concert at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore and Barbican Halls London, Philharmonie de Paris, Royal Albert Hall, Wiener Konzerthaus, Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music…
In 2000 György Ligeti composed for her and the Amadinda Percussion Group the cycle Sippal, Dobbal, Nádihegedüvel and she has subsequently given numerous performances including with Tambuco, Asko Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, SŌ Percussion and Contrechamps. Her performance with Amadinda was recorded by Teldec Classics and released as part of their ongoing Ligeti Series.
There are many other compositions written for her and she engaged to promote all over the world new creations such as John Woolrich’s The Sea and Its Shore, Addiamento by Jan van de Putte, Yannis Kyriakides’s An Ocean of Rain, the role of Gwendolen in Gerald Barry’s new opera The Importance of Being Earnest or the Angel in Nathan Davis’s Hagoromo.