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 throughout the United States and Europe.

Karen’s favorite musical moments of the recent past include a solo performance with Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, leading the American Classical Orchestra as concertino soloist, playing chamber music in William Christie's gardens in Thiré, France, performing a new piece written for her baroque ensemble with a tap dancer, recording an album with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, a concert with her beloved chamber ensemble Vates Consort at the Boston Early Music Festival, and a tour of New Zealand as one of the soloists in Bach’s double concerto with Juilliard’s baroque ensemble J415.

Her 2018/19 season includes concerts and recordings of Haydn and Mozart with The Handel and Haydn Society in Boston, tours with Les Arts Florissants led by William Christie and The Knights Chamber Orchestra, performances in the Händel Festspiele in Göttingen, and engagements with A Far Cry, Orchestra of Saint Luke's, NYBI, The Sebastians, The Knights and at the Carmel Bach Festival. She can also frequently be heard as a sub in the pits of Broadway’s Book of Mormon and Hamilton.

Karen holds degrees from Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, and lives in New York.


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