Karen Bentley Pollick

Karen Bentley Pollick resides in the charming pueblo of San Pancho, where she participates in the local music scene while preparing for upcoming concerts and recordings around the world. She has performed at San Pancho, Chacala and Sinergiarte Music Festivals in Nayarit and is a founding member of Virtuosos de Cámara in Puerto Vallarta. With Peruvian guitarist Alfredo Muro, Duo KarMu will debut in San Miguel de Allende at Casa Europa, and in Guanajuato at the Gene Byron Museum in November 2019. Another duo with German flautist Klaus Liebetanz will debut at Incanto Vallarta on January 19, 2020.

Karen Bentley Pollick is one of America’s leading contemporary musicians, performing a wide range of solo repertoire and styles on violin, viola, piano and Norwegian hardangerfele. A native of Palo Alto, California, she studied with Camilla Wicks in San Francisco, and with Yuval Yaron, Josef Gingold and Rostislav Dubinsky at Indiana University, where she received both Bachelors and Masters of Music Degrees in Violin Performance with a cognate in Choral Conducting. Her recordings of original music include Electric Diamond, Angel, Konzerto and Succubus and Ariel View, for which she has received three music awards from Just Plain Folks, including Best Instrumental Album and Best Song. On her own record label Ariel Ventures she has produced Dancing Suite to Suite, <amberwood>, Homage to Fiddlers, Russian Soulscapes, Bebop for Beagles, Estadio and Peace Piece, and filmed Dan Tepfer’s Solo Blues for Violin and Piano. She has also recorded for the Albany, Blue Coast Records, Bridge, Camel Productions, CRI, Innova, Lithuanian Music Center, Mode, NEOS, Numinous, RCA, Sony, Toccata Classics and Tzadik labels.

Concertmaster of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie Kammerorchester, New York String Orchestra, and Valse Cafe Orchestra, Karen has participated as soloist and chamber musician in the June in Buffalo and Wellesley Composers Conferences, and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music, American Spring, Olympic Music, Tanglewood, Icebreaker: Baltic Voices, Amelia Island, Next Generation, Canberra, Permainu Muzika, Bowling Green State Contemporary Music, San Pancho Music, and Spectrum Female Composers Festivals.

Karen premiered Swedish composer Ole Saxe’s Dance Suite for Violin and Orchestra with Redwood Symphony. She has toured and recorded extensively with Russian pianist/composer Ivan Sokolov and was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for Solo Violin and Alternating Currents. She created Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity with New York video artist Sheri Wills in a program featuring sixteen videos projected onto the violinist. She has performed with the Paul Dresher Ensemble since 1999.

While residing in Vilnius, Lithuania she debuted Resonances from Vilna with pianist Jascha Nemtsov in May 2014, Nothing is Forever with actor Aiste Ptakauske in December 2015, and premiered David A. Jaffe’s violin concerto How Did It Get So Late So Soon? with the Lithuanian National Opera & Ballet Theatre Orchestra in August 2016.

Karen received a Seed Money Grant for Disseminated Performances from New York Women Composers towards solo concerts with electronics in Seattle, Stanford University’s CCRMA, CINETic in Bucharest, and Female Composers Festival at SPECTRUMNYC in spring 2018. Karen performs on a violin made by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume in 1860 and a viola made in 1987 by William Whedbee.

For more information: www.kbentley.com