”Katrin Scholz combines passionate musicianship with the utmost clarity, lending this recording excitement too (...). Katrin Scholz, whose recordings have been recognized with several awards, presents herself as a forthright, deeply inspired and intensely emotional violinist, who did both works justice with the clarity and rich tone of her playing.”(hr 2 Klassik Zeit)


Berlin native Katrin Scholz first began taking violin lessons as a five-year-old. She later studied violin with Werner Scholz and Igor Ozim in Berlin and Bern. The list of prizes she has won at international competitions is long. She won 2nd Prize at the International Wieniawski Competition in Lublin, Poland when only 13. After winning 2nd Prize honors at the Markneukirchen competition in 1987 and at the Bach Competition Leipzig in 1988, she garnered three 1st Prize accolades, winning international violin competitions in Schöntal in 1988, at the International Music Competition of Japan in 1989 and at the Kulenkampff Violin Competition in Cologne in 1991.

This success was soon followed by invitations to perform with many orchestras, including the Dresden Philharmonic, the MDR-Sinfonieorchester Leipzig, the German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Saarbrücken, the Prague Philharmonia, the Rundfunk- Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and the New Japan Philharmonic Orchestra. Ms. Scholz has collaborated with conductors Gerd Albrecht, Lukasz Borowicz, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Vladimir Jurowski, Alexander Lazarew, Hannu Lintu, Eiji Oue, Ulf Schirmer and Michael Sanderling.

In 1995 she was appointed Artistic Director of the Kammerorchester Berlin. In her twofold function as soloist and ensemble director Katrin Scholz has led the chamber orchestra on concert tours throughout Europe and to the US, Japan and South America.

Katrin Scholz has recorded the most important concertos for violin on the edel music and JVC label. Together with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and conductor Michael Sanderling she recorded the Brahms Violin Concerto and the Sibelius Violin Concerto. She recorded  the Beethoven and Bruch Violin Concertos with the Kammerorchester Berlin and Michael Sanderling. Her discography also includes the Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 3 and the Bohuslav Martinů Concerto No. 2. Recordings of all the Haydn and Mozart violin concertos, Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, the violin sonatas by Brahms, Franck and Respighi and CDs of virtuoso works for violin demonstrate her wide-ranging artistry.

In 1998 Katrin Scholz was named the then youngest professor in Germany at the Hochschule für Künste Bremen where she continues to actively pursue teaching. She is also committed to teaching of chamber music and helping develop young musical talent.

Katrin Scholz plays a violin made in Piacenza, Italy in 1743 by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini.

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