Karin Preslmayr viola da gamba
Karin Preslmayr studied blokflute with Carin van Heerden, violoncello and viola da gamba with Ulrike Kinast at the Bruckner Conservatory in Linz, Austria. After having done the final exam with distinction, she continued studying viola da gamba with Mieneke van der Velden and blokflute with Walter van Hauwe at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In 1999 she was awarded 9 points (of 10) for the final recital of this postgraduate course. Afterwards she took lessons with Wieland Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.
While studying Karin Preslmayr got more and more interested in contemporary music, especially in music written for ‘old’ instruments like the viola da gamba. In order to deepen her knowledge and develope a contemporary kind of viola da gamba playing she decided to follow a second phase (masters) study on this item at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, working with and taking courses from various specialists on contemporary music on different instruments.
In 2003 she graduated ‘cum laude’, playing a concert with new pieces mostly written for her.
Karin Preslmayr followed masterclasses with Rainer Zipperling, Gustav Leonhardt and Matthias Weilenmann.
She is specializing in contemporary music on the viola da gamba, searching for new music, developing playing techniques, working with composers and performing soloistic as well as in ensembles. As such she is playing in trio ‘The Roentgen Connection’ (blokflute, harpsichord, viola da gamba), the Axyz Ensemble (interpretation of western contemporary music through non western techniques) and Ziggurat (founded and led by Theo Loevendie). In the Holland Festival 2004 she was part of the Atlas ensemble.
Karin Preslmayr has perfomed in concerts and festivals in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Austria, Germany and Mexico.
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