The Amerigo Trio

Karen Dreyfus         

Violist Karen Dreyfus is a prize-winner, chamber musician, pedagogue and recording artist.  A winner of the Naumburg and Washington International Competitions and the National Endowment for the Arts' Solo Recitalists' Award, Ms. Dreyfus concertizes throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.  Her ensembles have included Musicians From Marlboro, Philomusica, Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center, the New York Philharmonic and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and she has collaborated with Yehudi Menuhin in recital at Carnegie Hall, Rudolf Serkin, Alexander Schneider, Leon Fleisher and Chick Corea.

Ms. Dreyfus has recorded extensively for the Bridge and MMC labels among others.  American Record Guide cites Ms. Dreyfus as "a terrific player with impeccable technique and intonation, beautiful tone, and real musicianship," while Fanfare Magazine has called her "a star...superb throughout, a real virtuoso."  Ms. Dreyfus has premiered works by Ezra Laderman, Elizabeth Brown and George Tsontakis.  In 2002, she and Mr. Dicterow released William Thomas McKinley's "Concert Variations," written expressly for them.
Born into a family of musicians, Ms. Dreyfus decided to pursue a viola career under the tutelage of Leonard Mogill, Heidi Castleman and Martha Katz.   A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Karen Tuttle and Michael Tree, she is a member of the faculties of the Juilliard, Manhattan and Mannes schools in New York. Karen Dreyfus will join the string faculty at the University of Southern California, the Thornton School of Music in 2013. For more information please visit

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