Karen Bentley Pollick is one of America’s leading contemporary violinists and violists. Presently she tours with the Paul Dresher Double Duo, Russian pianist/composer Ivan Sokolov, and collaborates with New York video artist Sheri Wills on Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity. She received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for her 2010 Solo Violin and Alternating Currents concerts. “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
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 recorded much 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, <amberwood>, Homage to Fiddlers, Bebop for Beagles, Estadio, Russian Soulscapes, and Peace Piece. She filmed Dan Tepfer’s Solo Blues for Violin and Piano in Shoal Creek, Alabama, and premiered David A. Jaffe’s Violin Concerto at the Tytuvenai Festival with Maestro Robertas Servenikas and the Lithuanian National Opera & Ballet Theatre Orchestra. Pollick continues her multimedia collaborations with Violin, Viola & Video Virtuosity.