Biography

Biography

whitesweater303pxA native of Boston, Massachusetts, violinist Abigail Karr received Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, studying violin with the late Sergiu Luca. She appears with many ensembles on modern and historical violin, including the Handel & Haydn Society of Boston (as occasional principal player and soloist) and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra of Manhattan. An active chamber musician, noted for the “focused direction” she brings to performances, she is the founder and director of Gretchen’s Muse, a chamber ensemble dedicated to bringing the music of the 18th century to life through exciting, historically-informed performances; the group was recently praised for its “near-telepathic synchronicity” and the “palpable collective chemistry between such individually accomplished bow-wielders.” She was also a founding member of the Rosetta String Trio, which, in addition to its commitment to historical performance, commissioned and premiered three new works for string trio. With keyboardist Yi-heng Yang, she has recorded Mendelssohn’s complete works for violin and piano; the album is the first period instrument recording of this repertoire. The duo has performed at the Frederick Historical Collection in Ashburnham, MA, the La Grua Center in Stonington, CT, and the renowned Drew University Concert Hall in Madison, NJ, and the Catskill Mountain Foundation. Abigail’s solo and chamber music performances have drawn praise from such publications as Toronto NOW magazine, the New York Times and the Boston Musical Intelligencer. She holds a degree in historical performance from The Juilliard School, and currently lives in New York.

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