Karen Johanne Pedersen (violin)

Karen Johanne Pedersen (violin) was born in Oxford in 1984, and started her musical education at the age of 5 in Odense Musikskole (Denmark).

She has received numerous prizes and scholarships both in Denmark and abroad. An active chamber musician, she plays in Trio Gemini, Wang-Pedersen Ensemble and Live-Strings, whilst often invited to appear with other ensembles such as Camerata Nordica, Athelas Ensemble the Danish Chamber Players and the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Karen has appeared as a soloist with various different orchestras, most recently with the Odense Symphony Orchestra.

Aged 19 she entered the Royal Danish Academy of Music (studying with Professor Serguei Azizian), before returning to England and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where her professors were Yfrah Neaman and Simon Fischer. Further studies were in Berlin with Stephan Pichard and Michael Vogler. During her education, Karen participated in masterclasses with violinists such as Gerhard Schulz, Milan Vitek and Sylvia Rosenberg. Together with Trio Gemini she got a Soloist degree at the Royal Danish Academy of Music Copenhagen in 2015.

Karen Johanne Pedersen plays George Chanot violin (1829) kindly on loan from the Harby Foundation collection.