ABOUT CAROLINE DUFFNER
I took my first steps at the age of 12 at the Beethoven Music School in my hometown Mödling. Very soon I performed the Vivaldi Violin Concerto in a concert for young talents and got a great write up in the papers.
I really enjoyed the experience, and from then on I was hooked.
I decided to become a professional violinist.
I was only fifteen when I was accepted to study violin performance at the Vienna Music Academy and studied with G. Pichler and later on T. Kakuska from the Alban Berg Quartet. The way they played had an enormous influence on me and still does up to this day.
I got to know Kató Havas OBE at one of her Summer workshops and I decided to move to England to continue my studies with her.
She was also the director of the Summer Music Festival in Oxford, when I was a student and I gained invaluable experience performing violin concertos as soloist with the Festival Orchestra.
My performance of the Viotti Violin Concerto in particular was much acclaimed by the critics.
I finished my studies with a performers diploma with distinction.
Masterclasses with S. Vegh and Ion Voicu in Salzburg Mozarteum followed, where I made great friends and learned a lot.
I then spent many years being a ”citizen of the orchestra”. I had permanent positions in NPO South Africa and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria as a first violin.
I collaborated with Orchestras such as Rai Scarlatti Napoli, Orchestra Sinfonica San Remo, Radio Orchestra Munich, Volksoper, Tonkünstler and the ORF in Vienna just to name a few.
It was found particularly inspiring for me to work with conductors and players such as M. Rostropovich, P. Eötvös, Pierre Amoyal, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Nicholas Hooper (Harry Potter composer) and Simone Young.
These days I am a freelance musician based in Vienna. I divide my time between teaching my students who are so important to me, playing solo and chamber music and going on exiting tours with orchestras and ensembles.
I love the enriching experience travelling and performing in different cultures, and sharing the stage with wonderful colleagues.
So far, my concert activities have led me throughout Europe, China, Japan, Russia and parts of America. It’s such a privilege to be able to communicate in a universal language everybody in any part of the world understands…MUSIC!
Having worked abroad for long periods of time I picked up Italian and Spanish as well as speaking German and English, something that proves very useful now when I teach international masterclasses.
Some orchestras occasionally call me in as guest leader and I had some interesting ventures into contemporary music, especially memorable a tour I did with Ensemble Modern and the wonderful Pierre Boulez.