Karin Schaupp is one of the most outstanding guitarists on the international scene, her playing hailed by the German press as “so perfect, so complete, that it seems like a miracle”. In her teens she won prestigious international prizes in Italy and Spain, and is today sought after internationally as a recitalist, soloist and festival guest, making countless television and radio appearances.
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Karin has released six solo CDs for Warner Music and ABC Classics as well as various award-winning ensemble and orchestral albums. Recent releases include Spain (2009) featuring works by Rodrigo and Bacarisse with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Romancero Gitano with the choir Cantillation; Cradle Songs (2010) a collection of lullabies from around the world, all arranged for solo guitar; the ARIA nominated Fandango (2011) with Flinders Quartet; and most recently the double ARIA nominated Songs of the Southern Skies (2012) with Australian songstress Katie Noonan.
Performance highlights include concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, some 150 performances of Lotte’s Gift, performances at the Goodwill Games Opening Ceremony, World Expo (Japan) and Hong Kong Arts Festival, and her 2013 International Concert Season tour with Pavel Steidl for Musica Viva Australia.
We asked Karin a few questions
- How old were you when you decided to be a musician and what led you the instrument(s) you now play? I was 5 when my mother, a guitarist and guitar teacher, started teaching me (after two years of nagging her) and by then I had a strong inkling that I wanted to be a guitarist. My mother was my inspiration – I was always drawn to the beautiful, warm sound of her guitar. After my first time on stage at age 6, I was hooked.
- When you’re not rehearsing/performing/teaching, where are you most likely to be? Running around with my kids or attempting an experimental masterpiece in the kitchen.
- After you finish a concert, what is the first drink you want to have in your hand? I don’t really drink alcohol, so I usually go for orange juice…. boring, I know!
- If there weren’t external factors involved, how long do you think a concert should go for? Oooh that’s a tricky one. It depends on the circumstances, the programme, the performers and the audience, but I must say I subscribe to the theory that less is more. As an audience member I really enjoy going to 60-70 min concerts with no interval.
- When should we clap? When something moves you to applaud. Having said that, it’s true that sometimes applause can break the tension of a multi-movement work, but I actually think it’s up to the performer/s to hold the space and make it clear when the tension is released. I think it’s a shame when the audience is made to feel uncomfortable because they fear “doing the wrong thing”. There is no wrong time to show appreciation.
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