Karen Ritscher

Karen RitscherKaren Ritscher, praised by the New York Times for her “superior musicianship”, is recognized internationally as a leading pedagogue, soloist and chamber musician. She has also served as principal violist of the Houston Grand Opera, the Dallas Opera, American Composers Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. She currently is on the artist faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, New York University’s Steinhardt School and the Chautauqua Institution. She has previously taught at many of the leading conservatories of the United States including the New England Conservatory of Music, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory. Her former students hold prestigious posts in major orchestras, string quartets, and at universities throughout the world. As a master class clinician and recitalist, she has appeared throughout the United States as well as Canada, Mexico, Spain, Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Her summer residencies have included the Aspen Music Festival, the Heifetz International Institute of Music, Litomisl International Masterclasses in the Czech Republic, and Domaine-Forget in Canada. Since its inception in 2002, she has served on the faculty of the annual “Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop.”