Photo: Jack McCallum
Karen is a highly sought after teacher of both cello and piano.
Her pupils range from beginners to students to fully fledged professionals. Karen has a thriving private practice teaching at home, face to face and also more recently, on Zoom. She is a teacher for Musical Orbit and has recently been appointed as piano teacher at Edge Grove School in Hertfordshire.
Karen has given cello masterclasses at the Royal Academy of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire and the Welsh College of Music, and has given regular sectional coaching at the RAM and Trinity Laban. She specialises in helping cello students to prepare for professional orchestral auditions. Karen has tutored on Pro Corda Junior Courses and for the National Youth Orchestra.
She is in demand as an adjudicator for festivals and schools. More recently, Karen has become actively involved with the Philharmonia’s education projects, including the nationally acclaimed intergenerational project 'Hear and Now', working with children and adults of all ages.
No stranger to the internet, Karen has also found a new role as a presenter for the Philharmonia, an example of which can be seen below in this educational video.
'My daughter was about to stop playing the cello until her lessons with Karen. Whilst bringing her on leaps and bounds, Karen brought a fun to it all that made my daughter enjoy the cello again. No more fighting to get practice done!' ~ Mrs CM
'Karen is an inspirational teacher. She has an incredible knowledge of the orchestral repertoire, and is a mine of information on audition preparation and technique. I have learnt so much from her over the past eight years, and have come to enjoy playing so much more as a result. She is kind and approachable in lessons, and full of encouragement and wisdom. I cannot recommend her highly enough' ~ MR
'Karen is a fantastic piano teacher. My 7 year old had never played before seeing Karen but she absolutely loves learning the piano and this is in part because Karen makes it both fun as well as informative in a way a child can understand, encouraging them to progress, persevere and develop a love of music and playing' ~ MP
Photos: David McCallum