Viola player Karin Dolman studied violin and viola at the Rotterdam Conservatoire, under Vaclav Novak en Henk Guittart, among others. She followed masterclasses with Rivka Golani, Bruno Giuranna, Wolfram Christ, and Fjodor Druschinin and also an intensive course with Kim Kashkashian.
Karin is a specialist in the interpretation of contemporary classical music. The past twenty years, she has performed many times with the DoelenKwartet. She is also very active with pianist Caecilia Boschman. The duo is working on a series of thematic CDs.
Karin, who plays an instrument built by luthier Jan van der Elst from Dordrecht, co-founded the Dutch Viola Society in 2012.
She has been teaching viola as a major subject with Codarts since 2011.
Why do you feel students should come to Codarts?
“At Codarts, a student can develop very broadly. Because Codarts also offers jazz and world music courses, you can choose a number of minors that are not available at other conservatoires. For violin players, the viola course is also very accessible. Codarts has purchased a large range of violas to offer every violin player the opportunity to become proficient in this instrument.”
What will you teach them?
“A bright future in professional music requires more than musicality and technique. To succeed as a professional musician, social, organizational, and communication skills are vital.”
How will you do this?
“I coach my students in developing a vision for their future as a musician in classical music, and make them aware of what is required of a musician outside the protective walls of the conservatoire early on. By the way, I feel privileged working with students on their future as a musician.”
After obtaining her diploma Performing Musician, Karin won a prize at the Tertis viola competition and a laureate for the Brahms Prize in Baden-Baden. She got to the finals of the international duo competition in Vierzon, France, with pianist Caecilia Boschman.