Prof. Duffner Caroline

FotoCVkomp 100“Former orchestra leader Caroline Duffner, now a professional violinist based in Vienna, returned to the fold for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto Opus 35. The composer’s intended soloist, Leopold Auer, was apparently uncomfortable with the technical demands of this piece, but Duffner had no qualms, and she dazzled with her virtuosic handling of Tchaikovsky’s melodic and rhythmic gymnastics, while her impressive double stopping and glissando in the extended first movement cadenza was mesmerising in its brilliance.”
The Oxford Times
"Caroline Duffner is an extremely gifted and accomplished violinist.
She played as Soloist in my International Festival and gave many excellent performances".
Kato Havas OBE

Professor Klos (Head of Strings Vienna Music University)
Präsident der ESTA Österreich
I have known Mrs. Caroline Duffner for many years as a very active violin pedagogue and a dedicated representative of the method known as Havas New Approach.
Thanks to her studies at the Vienna Music Academy and her extensive activity in various Viennese musical formations, she has every reason to be called a representative of the Viennese School of interpretation. What is more she furthered her education in numerous European countries, enabling her to broaden her artistic and pedagogical horizons considerably.
For many years, she has been considered a prominent representative of the Havas Method and successfully spread this method by giving masterclasses, workshops and lectures internationally. ESTA (European String Teachers Association), specialized Association for String Pedagogy in Europe, is a very popular platform for spreading the Havas pedagogical and didactical teachings.
Students of the MDW (Vienna Music University) also take part in these presentations with great interest, and profit from this work immensely.

Prof. Caroline Duffner CV
Caroline was born in England but grew up in Austria where she was accepted into the violin class of Prof. Günther Pichler, first violinist of the Alban Berg Quartett who recognized her talent. She studied violin performance with him at the Vienna Music University when she was only 15 years old as one of his youngest students. Later on, she studied with Prof. Thomas Kakuska (Alban Berg Quartet). She continued her studies with Kato Havas OBE in England. During this time, she gained much experience playing as soloist in the “Kato Havas International Music Festival” founded by her teacher, which took place in Oxford (Vote concerto Nr 22 etc.). She also performed Vivaldi violin concertos in the Roehampton Music Festival in London as soloist on several occasions. She developed herself further getting important musical impulses participating in master-classes held by Sandor Vega and Ion Voice in the Mozarteum Salzburg and in Prussia Cove. Caroline completed her violin studies gaining a performers diploma with distinction. She went on to pursue an orchestra career playing first violin tutti as a full member of the Orchestra with orchestras such as Orchestra Sinfonica di San Remo, Durban Philharmonic Orchestra SA and more recently the Gran Canaria Philharmonic. She also had substitute contracts with Rai Napoli (Radio orchestra) in Italy and with the Bayrischer Rundfunk Symphonieorchester. She left her full time position as 1st violin Tutti in the G. Canaria Philharmonic, which enabled her to pursue a more varied freelance career. She moved back to Vienna playing in orchestras such as the Opernballorchester, ORF Symphony orchestra, Strauss Festivalorchester etc. as well as other orchestras abroad, both as a tutti player and guest leader. She is also much in demand as a chamber musician and has performed throughout Europe. Concert tours and recitals have taken her to Japan, China and America. As soloist, she recently performed the Tchaikovsky violin concerto and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante (Dorchester Festival, Valdagno Italy, Merton College Chapel Oxford).
She has a keen interest in contemporary music and has performed with Ensembles such as Ensemble Modern under Pierre Boulez, die Reihe with C. Muthspiel and Ensemble Kontrapunkte under Peter Keuschnig. A dedicated pedagogue Caroline teaches and is based in Vienna and runs master-classes in Italy, Switzerland and England.

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