The Dutch violinist Karel Boeschoten personifies the nearly extinct species of the musical „all rounder“. His violin teachers were Herman Krebbers (Amsterdam) and Igor Ozim (Cologne). He has performed in many leading orchestras, including the Concertgebouworkest Amsterdam, until he moved to Switzerland to join the Camerata Bern. In the year 2004 he was guest- concertmaster of the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala di Milano. As a soloist he performed among others at Carnegie Hall and the Berliner Philharmonie.

With chamber music partners such as Ivry Gitlis, Andrea Kollé, Vladimir Mendelssohn, Robert Mann and Thomas Demenga he cultivates a tradition of spontaneous music making, which eventually led him into improvisation. Thus he has traveled worldwide as a member of the European Chaos String Quintet and as teacher of improvisation techniques. An avid composer, Mr.Boeschoten has written several works for solo violin.
His violin concerto received recognition at its 2001 premiere in the Netherlands. His “Suite Extravaganza” had its successful premiere in the following year at the Boswil Festival.   The Rumanian composer Dan Dediu dedicated his violin concerto “Nuferi” to Mr. Boeschoten, who premiered it in Zurich.

With his absolutely expressive playing and natural phrasing he is always pushing to expand musical boundaries. His openness toward many styles has made him in great demand for crossover projects. He has toured extensively as musical partner of flamenco dancer Nina Corti, as well as performing with Pierre Favre at the Lucerne Festival and Stephan Eicher at the Jazz Festival Montreux. Since 2002 he has been leading the Kalandos Ensemble  reviving the genre of Hungarian folk and gypsy music.

His creative fantasy consistently leads to intense and surprising listening experiences. His stage presence paired with occasional zany moments makes him a sought-after performer. He has repeatedly been invited as special guest to the Davos, Kuhmo and Boswil Festivals. In his festival “Seelscheider Tage der Musik” he implemented his own original programming ideas until 2002. In November 2005 he premiered an autobiographical program “The Well-Tempered Violin” which looks back at his varied musical career. From 2006 until 2016 Boeschoten has been the artistic director of the festival “Rüttihubeliade”, Switzerland.

Translation: Frank Horn