Catherine Foster has been performing music from Southeastern Europe for over 30 years and has been playing trumpet, clarinet, and saxophone with Borozan Brass Band, Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band, the Yuri Yunakov Orchestra, Ansambl Mastika, Kavala Brass Band, and and Mountain Lions, a saxophone/davul ensemble playing zurna-inspired and Macedonian Roma wedding style music.
She traveled with Zlatne Uste to the annual festival of brass bands in Guča, Serbia in 1991, 2003, and in 2010 for its 50th-anniversary festival. While there she worked with members of the Zlatni Prsti Orkestar and the Vranjski Biseri Orkestar, past winners of the Guča Brass Band Festival. She also worked with the Macedonian Rom trumpet player Nešat Zekirov during his stay in New York in 2009.
IIn 1996 Catherine began studying with Yuri Yunakov, Bulgarian Roma saxophonist extraordinaire and NEA National Heritage Fellow, and performed with his ensemble for a number of years, accompanying him in the acclaimed Gypsy Caravan Tour of the U.S. in 1999.
Catherine has taught intermediate and advanced clarinet at the East Coast Balkan Music & Dance Workshop and at balkanalia! She continues to perform both nationally and internationally and her discography includes three recordings with Zlatne Uste, three recordings with the Yuri Yunakov Ensemble, and Ansambl Mastika’s recording Gde Si, Bre?.