Karen Bentley Pollick has performed as violinist with Paul Dresher’s Electro-Acoustic Ensemble since 1999 and performs a wide range of solo repertoire and styles on violin, viola, piano and Norwegian hardangerfele. A native of Palo Alto, California, she studied with Camilla Wicks in San Francisco and with Yuval Yaron, Josef Gingold and Rostislav Dubinsky at Indiana University where she received both Bachelors and Masters of Music Degrees in Violin Performance. She has several recordings of original music, including Electric Diamond, Angel, Konzerto and Succubus and Ariel View, for which she has received three music awards from Just Plain Folks, including Best Instrumental Album and Best Song. On her own record label Ariel Ventures she has produced Dancing Suite to Suite, , Homage to Fiddlers and Bebop for Beagles and filmed Dan Tepfer’s Solo Blues for Violin and Piano. She has also recorded for CRI, Sony, RCA, and Camel Productions, as well as the Bridge, Albany, Mode, Numinous, Neptunus, Innova, Tzadik, Qualiton and Neos labels.
Pollick was concertmaster of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and has participated in the June in Buffalo and Wellesley Composers Conferences. She premiered Swedish composer Ole Saxe’s Dance Suite for Violin and Orchestra with Redwood Symphony, and has also performed as soloist with the Alabama Symphony and orchestras in Panama, Russia, Alaska, New York and California. She has performed in recital at the American Academy of Rome, throughout the Czech Republic at the American Spring Festival and Music Olomouc, in the UK at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, and at ISAM in Ochsenhausen Germany. Pollick received a grant in 2010 from the National Endowment for the Arts for Solo Violin and Alternating Currents and launched Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity with New York video artist Sheri Wills in April 2012 with repeat performances in Brooklyn and Seattle in November 2012. “Rarely will a recital such as this engage the ear from beginning to end, yet each piece at Birmingham Museum of Art event had a unique style and temperament, reflecting Pollick's keen sense for gleaning quality in experimental music and giving these scores their rightful due…Pollick not only extended that thread, she vitalized and emboldened it.” Michael Huebner, Birmingham News
Presently she tours with Two Sense pianist Lisa Moore and the Paul Dresher Double Duo, as well as with Russian pianist/composer Ivan Sokolov. Pollick performs on a violin made by Jean Baptiste Vuillaume in 1860 and a viola made in 1987 by William Whedbee. She currently resides in Evergreen, Colorado. For more information: www.kbentley.com