Mechthild Karkow already developed an intensive concert career during her studies at the music academies of Lübeck, Zurich, Hanover, Frankfurt and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel. Mechthild Karkow first received her training at the Musikhochschulen Lübeck and Winterthur/Zurich with Nora Chastain and at the HMT Hannover with Ulf Schneider, where she received her artistic diploma in violin with distinction in 2005.
Since 2002 Mechthild Karkow has been intensively engaged in historical performance practice. She received lessons from John Holloway, Simon Standage and Anton Steck, among others. In 2006 she decided to make baroque violin her main focus. This was followed by studies with Petra Müllejans at the HfMDK Frankfurt and with Chiara Banchini at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, where she completed her Master of Arts with distinction in June 2010. Since 2009 she has also been studying historical improvisation with Rudolf Lutz at the SCB. Mechthild Karkow regularly performs as soloist, concertmaster and chamber musician in various early music ensembles and appears at festivals such as the International Handel Festival Göttingen and Halle, the New Forum for Early Music Zurich, Festival Seviqc Brežice, York Early Music Festival, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival. She has worked with conductors such as Mark Minkowski, William Christie and Nikolaus Harnoncourt and has performed in baroque orchestras such as La Cetra, La Stagione, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Ensemble 415, Wallfisch Band and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
Mechthild Karkow is a scholarship holder of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation “LiveMusicNow” and winner of the International Competition for Baroque Violin “Bonporti 2007” in Rovereto, Italy.
- InstrumentBaroque violin