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Strings & ISP Faculty Instructional Lead, Violin, Viola, Intermediate String Ensemble Conductor

Karl Ørvik

KARL ØRVIK, violin and viola, has been featured in solo and chamber recitals throughout the United States, as well as in Canada, Norway and South Korea. An enthusiastic chamber musician, he is the founding violinist of Trio Klaritas, which has appeared on concert series in Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, and at the Tanglewood Music Center, as well as in a 2010 concert tour of South Korea. Most recently, the trio made their Carnegie Hall debut in 2018 performing a program of works by living composers. Mr. Ørvik also concertizes frequently with Stonehill College’s resident faculty ensemble, the Stonehill Trio, and has appeared in multiple recordings and live radio broadcasts as a member of many other ensembles, including the Boston Public Quartet, PresentMusic, the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, L’Ensemble Portique, and the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. He has performed as a concerto soloist with the Bangor, Racine and Green Bay Civic symphonies, and has extensive experience as a concertmaster and section player with regional orchestras in New England and the Midwest.

Mr. Ørvik has taught violin and viola in numerous settings, and works easily with students of all ages and abilities. He is a member of the violin/viola faculty at both the University of New Hampshire and Stonehill College, as well as a long-time member of the string faculty at the Community Music Center of Boston, where he was the recipient of the 2017 Marilla MacDill Prize for Teaching Excellence. Previously, he has held positions as Adjunct Instructor of Violin and Viola at both Wisconsin Lutheran College and Alverno College, and from 2000-2005 he was Director and Violin/Viola faculty at the Milwaukee Center for Strings. He particularly enjoys coaching chamber and orchestral ensembles, and has served as faculty and guest artist at many summer music festivals, including Point Counterpoint in Vermont, the Chamber Music Workshop at UNC-Asheville in North Carolina, the Youth and Muse festival in Boston, and both the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp in Alaska. In demand as an adjudicator and clinician, Mr. Ørvik has conducted and coached several youth symphonies and string ensembles in Boston, Milwaukee and Green Bay, and has been published in the ASTA Journal. In 2014, he completed New Scale Method, an innovative scale book for advanced violinists and violists.

A native of Canada, Mr. Ørvik began violin lessons at age eight with Philip Frank in Toronto, and later studied with Eduard Minevich in London, Ontario, and Stephen Kecskemethy and Ray Shows in Portland, Maine. He has studied chamber music with members of the Muir, Manhattan, Cleveland and Cavani string quartets, and was awarded a fellowship to study with the Fine Arts Quartet at the Sorkin International Institute of Chamber Music in Milwaukee. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Lawrence University, studying with Calvin Wiersma, and his Master’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where his principal teacher was Stephen Majeske. In January of 2012, Mr. Ørvik received his Doctorate of Musical Arts in violin performance from Boston University, where he was a student of renowned violinist and pedagogue Roman Totenberg.