Born in Moscow, Russian-Dominican violist Karolina Errera has established herself as one of the most promising violists of her generation. Already in her early childhood she expressed her interest in art and music, and at the age of six she was accepted to the Moscow Central Music School where she studied with Mariya Sitkovskaya. In 2007 she became a recipient of Vladimir Spivakov Foundation Scholarship which led to her debut at the International House of Music in Moscow. After graduation Karolina Errera entered Berlin University of Arts where she currently studies with Wilfried Strehle. The recipient of a number of awards and prizes, Karolina has won a special prize at the 2013 Internatioanl Bashmet Competition(Moscow) and the 1st prize at the International Rakovsky Competition (Poland). She has appeared in such prestigious concert halls as the Great Hall of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Konzerthaus Berlin, and Victoria Hall in Geneva. Karolina is a frequent guest artist at international festivals such as the Verbier Festival, the Heidelberg Spring, Kronberg Academy, Seiji Ozawa Academy, Pablo Casals, and Krzyzowa Music. She has collaborated with such distinguished musicians as Steven Isserlis, Nobuko Imai, Yury Bashmet, Veronika Eberle, Gidon Kremer, Christian Tetzlaff, István Várdai, Antoine Tamestit, Pamela Frank, the Artemis Quartet, and Lars Anders Tomter. Since 2014 she plays a modern viola made by Haiko Seifert on loan from the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. In October 2015 she won a position as the academist of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
The WFSIC Team caught up with Karolina Errera to get to know her and the person behind the viola.
Do you have a favourite recording?
It changes from time to time. Right now it is the recording of Brahms Violin Sonatas by Christian Tetzlaff and Lars Vogt and Schumann’s pieces by Steven Isserlis.
Who are your main inspirations in the musical world?
Honest and intelligent musicians.
If you were not a violist, what would your dream job be?