KARLA NORTON - VIOLIN, ENCORE! TOTS & KIDS WELLINGTON MUSIC TEACHER
Immersed in the arts at a young age, Karla’s love of music came from years of ballet and competitive figure skating. After much pestering, her non-musical parents finally gave way and let her start learning the violin at the age of 10.
In 2016, Karla graduated from Otago University with a Masters of Music in Classical Performance Violin under Tessa Petersen. Prior to this she graduated from New Zealand School of Music in 2011with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Performance Violin as well as a Bachelor of Music with majors in both Performance Violin and Musicology, as well as a minor in Conducting.
Karla now finds herself working as a freelance professional violinist playing and teaching in Wellington. Karla has recently returned to New Zealand from London where she has been playing with orchestras including Southbank Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, BBC Concert Orchestra and the Aurora Orchestra under conductors including Sir Antonio Pappano, Vladimir Ashkenazy, John Wilson and James Judd. Karla has played in orchestras and chamber groups, and given recitals in many Countries across the world including the UK, Italy, Denmark, Poland, Hong Kong, Canada as well as her native New Zealand where she plays regularly with the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra.
Karla has taught for many years at prestigious institutions including Columba College in Dunedin, Marlborough College in the UK and the inHarmony Programme in London as well as teaching many private pupils from first steps for young children and adult beginners, right through to successful conservatoire entrants.
In her spare time, Karla enjoys baking delicious things to eat, yoga, athletics and all things out in the fresh air!
"We have really enjoyed having Karla for duo music lessons – she packs a good amount of variety into the lessons, she caters to different abilities, the boys think she makes music fun, and I think they’ve learnt a lot over the last two terms! We highly recommend her to other families." - Ursula Rushbrook