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Viola: Karin Wolf

Karin Wolf

The dark tone of her instrument fascinated Karin Wolf so much from the very beginning that she never played the violin again since changing to the viola for the founding of the Verdi Quartet. This versatile artist is active as a soloist, inspired chamber musician and committed professor. She is a founding member of the internationally renowned Verdi Quartet which, with its festival “vielsaitig” (in German this word means “many-stringed” and sounds the same as the word meaning “many-sided”) in Füssen, continually illuminates new aspects of classical music and searches to bridge the gap between classical music and jazz.

Karin Wolf studied musicology, philosophy and German literature before beginning her studies at the Music Academy in Cologne. After completing her pedagogical and soloistic training on the violin, she changed to the viola, studying this instrument with Max Rostal in Berne and Bruno Giuranna in Berlin.

She received stipends from the Karl Klingler Foundation and from the Foundation of the Province of North Rhine-Westphalia. She performs as a soloist and is a guest at chamber music festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA, making appearances with Bruno Giuranna, Wolfgang Meyer, the members of the Amadeus Quartet and the Melos Quartet.

Karin Wolf is Professor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Academy of Music and the Performing Arts in Mannheim.