Karen Dekker
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 on both baroque and modern violin throughout the United States and Europe.

In recent performances, Karen has appeared as a soloist with Orchestra of Saint Luke’s at MassMoCa, Juilliard’s baroque ensemble J415 in a tour of New Zealand, and the American Classical Orchestra at New York’s Lincoln Center.

Karen gave chamber music performances in William Christie’s gardens in Thiré, France and toured Europe with Les Arts Florissants and The Knights Chamber Orchestra. Karen can be heard on a recently released disk with the Smithsonian Chamber Players of Mahler, Debussy, and Busoni, Tchaikovsky with Orchestra of Saint Luke’s and Pablo Heras-Casado, and several releases of Haydn and Mozart with the Händel and Haydn Society, as well as in Alexandre Desplat’s film score for Little Women. Upcoming engagements include performances with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the Carmel Bach Festival in Carmel-by-the-Sea (CA) and many appearances in the US and beyond.

Karen regularly plays with ensembles such as New York Baroque Incorporated, Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, American Classical Orchestra, The Knights, Händel and Haydn Society, Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra, Mark Dance Group, and several other ensembles. She holds degrees from Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. Karen lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two children.