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Caroline von Bismarck

first violin

Caroline was born in Berlin. Already in early age she stood out winning first prizes at the National Competition “Jugend Musiziert” under the mentorship of distinguished violin pedagogue Abraham Jaffé. Upon receiving a scholarship from the Julius-Stern-Institute she followed her studies as early student at the Berlin University of the Arts with professors Uwe Haiberg and Axel Gerhardt (Principal Second Violin of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra). Caroline did her graduate studies in Bern (Switzerland) with Prof. Monica Urbaniak. There she received her Concert Diploma under the guidance of Prof. Igor Ozim. Furthermore she studied with Hermann Krebbers, György Pauk, Roman Totenberg, Eduard Schmieder, Stephan Picard, Roman Nodel, Antje Weithaas and Mintcho Mintchev.

Caroline is an internationally renowned chamber musician. She has been invited to play at festivals like Kuhmo (Finland), Young Artists Bayreuth (Germany), Ascoli Piceno (Italy), Thy Festival (Denmark), Young Artists International (Los Angeles), as well as at the Biennial for Jewish Music (Switzerland). In 2000 she was invited to play as concertmistress of the RIAS Youth Orchestra for a tour throughout Germany. In 2005 she founded the International Chamber Music Festival ”Musikfest Schloss Wonfurt” in Northern Bavaria and represents the cultural association “Bismarck’scher Salon” ever since then. She was also a co-founder of the International Chamber Music Festival “Sefarad” in Madrid.

Upon completion of an internship with the Bern Symphony Orchestra Caroline won an audition for an internship with the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2005 Caroline moved to Spain where she worked at the Philharmonic Orchestra of Malaga. In 2006 she became a titled violin chair holder at the “Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid” (ORCAM). In Madrid Caroline played with violinists and conductors like Fabio Luisi, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Rudolf Barschai and others. Besides her orchestra job she developed an extensive teaching activity as an acting assistant to Prof. Urbaniak preparing young Spanish violinists for studies in Switzerland and Germany.

In March 2009 she celebrated her Carnegie Hall debut as a member of the “I Palpiti Chamber Orchestra of International Laureates”. As a member of the string quartet Aurora she was recorded by the Spanish National Radio. In 2010 she became a member of the touring “Companhía Brasileira de Ópera” founded by Brazilian conductor John Neschling.

Caroline is currently based in Auckland (New Zealand) where she works at the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. She plays with other chamber music formations, as well. Since 2012 she has been a violin and chamber music tutor at the Auckland String Quartet Summer School.

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Barry & Trish Clapham

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