Dutch violinist Karen Dekker grew up surrounded by music. Dedicated to all performance practices that music might call for, Karen performs regularly as a soloist, orchestral player and chamber musician with various ensembles on both baroque and modern violin throughout the United States and Europe.
Most recent highlights are solo performances with Orchestra of Saint Luke’s at MassMoCa, Juilliard’s baroque ensemble J415 in a tour of New Zealand, and the American Classical Orchestra at New York’s Lincoln Center. Karen gave chamber music performances in William Christie’s gardens in Thiré, France and played at Vienna’s Staatsoper with his Les Arts Florissants in a production of Händel’s Ariodante. She recorded a selection of Schoenberg’s “Verein” arrangements with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, Tchaikovsky with Orchestra of Saint Luke’s and Pablo Heras-Casado, and Haydn and Mozart with the Händel and Haydn Society.
Upcoming performances include chamber music in Nogales, Arizona, a project with New York Baroque Incorporated in collaboration with Inbal Oshman Dance Company at Montclair University, a string quartet residency followed by concerts for New York chamber music initiative Listen Closely, and projects with Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, American Classical Orchestra and Händel and Haydn Society.
Karen holds degrees from Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. She is based in New York City.
Lakes Area Music Festival
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Brainerd MN 56401
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