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Karin Norlen


Orchestral Experience:
Royal Opera House
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
London Chamber Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
London Sinfonietta, English National Opera
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (trial)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Birmingham Royal Ballet
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Ulster Orchestra
Trial for co-principal viola with the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Sweden. 2015       
Trial for principal viola with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. 2013         
Freelance work as guest principal violist with the RTÈ Concert Orchestra, Ireland. Mar 2008  
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - training scheme on viola. 2004–2005 

Session work
COOL Music Ltd
English Session Orchestra.

Teaching/non-orchestral work:
Violin and viola teacher (cover) at Wycombe Abbey School, Buckinghamshire. Jan - Dec 2020       
Master Classes over Skype to violin pupils at the Gaza branch of the ESNCM (The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music) in Palestine - Through the charity Palmusic UK 2019-    
Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra outreach and education. 2016             
Artistic Director and founder of Chamber Music in Little Venice Concert Series in London and founder member of the Little Venice Ensemble. 2011–2016        
London Philharmonic Orchestra outreach and education. 2010–2011    
Violin and viola teacher at Rugby School, Warwickshire. Sept 2006–  
Violin and viola teacher at Chase Academy, Cannock, Staffordshire. 2005–2007    
Violin teacher at the Stratford Music Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon. 2004–2005          
Violin teaching project in September for Children in Arusha, Tanzania. 2004   

AdvPGdip, MMus and PGdip, (Viola) at the Birmingham Conservatoire, UK. 2003–2006     
BMus (Violin) at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy of Music and Dance. Jerusalem, Israel. 1999–2003    
The Bezalel Academy of Art and Design – courses in drawing and lithography. Jerusalem, Israel. 2001–2002     
The Royal Danish Academy of Music – 1st year of Performance Programme (Violin). Copenhagen, Denmark.1998–1999     
The Swedish School of Kenya, Nairobi. Graduating from the Swedish curriculum’s programme of Natural Sciences 1995–1998     

Courses: Aurora Master Classes (Sweden), the London Master classes (UK), ‘Music in the Valley’ (Israel), Weathersfield Music Festival (USA), March Music Days (Bulgaria).

Teachers: Rivka Golani, Ora Shiran, Avy Abramovitch, Peter Stark (conducting)

Lessons: Alexander Zemtsov, Garfield Jackson, Paul Silverthorne, Lars-Anders Tomter, Andriy Viytovych, Norbert Blume.

Master classes: Philip Dukes, Garfield Jackson, Thomas Riebl, Peter Langgartner, Ivry Gitlis, Yfrah Neaman.

Prizes and awards:
1st prize - Herbert Lumby Competition for Viola players.
1st prize - Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Music Competition.
1st prize - Kenya Young Classical Musician of the Year.
Scholarship prize winner 2005 and 2007 - the Royal Music Academy, Stockholm.

Performance and Professional experience:  
2019 ABRSM Viola videos for Teaching Notes Live on the ABRSM website.
2018 Recording of viola tracks for the Initial Grade Viola syllabus for ABRSM.
2017 Recording of Solo Time for Viola – online tracks for Oxford University Press.
2014 Deck the Halls Christmas album with Susanna Andersson and the Little Venice Ensemble (Stone Records). Awarded 5 stars by the Mail on Sunday and “Runner up Christmas CD of the Year” by Classic FM.
Telemann Viola Concerto at St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields with the Little Venice Chamber Ensemble, Nov. 2013.
North York Moors Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music in Little Venice, New Generation Arts Festival, Mid-Wales Music Week.
Broadcasting on Swedish classical radio - P2 and Israeli TV Channel 1 and 2.
Bartók Viola Concerto with the Birmingham Conservatoire SO, 2005.

150 credits at the Open University towards a BSc in Design and Innovation. 2012–2014     
Singing studies with James Oxley, Anna Sims and Philippa Hyde. 2011         
Art Exhibitions in Sweden, Wales and Israel.  2006           
Weekly Alexander Technique lessons - working with the viola in lessons in order to discover correct posture, overcome injury and tension. 2004–2007     

Languages: Swedish, English, Hebrew, German, Danish, basic Kiswahili, Italian and Arabic.

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