Karen Dreyfus has distinguished herself as a recipient of many prizes both in this country and abroad including the Naumburg Viola Competition (1982), the Lionel Tertis Competition (1980), the Washington International Competition (1979), and the Hudson Valley Competition (1978). Ms. Dreyfus has concertized extensively in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and South America. Some of her musical collaborations have been with Musicians From Marlboro, Philomusica, Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center, the New York Philharmonic and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Karen Dreyfus has performed in recital with Yehudi Menuhin at Carnegie Hall and has also collaborated with such artists as Rudolf Serkin, Alexander Schneider, Leon Fleisher, Chick Corea, and her husband, Glenn Dicterow.

Born into a family of musicians, she began studying the violin with her father, a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and later decided to pursue a career on the viola under the tutelage of Leonard Mogill. A 1979 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Michael Tree and Karen Tuttle Ms. Dreyfus moved to New York where she performs solo concerts, chamber music recitals and teaches viola, chamber music and orchestral studies. In 2001 Karen Dreyfus joined the faculty of the Juilliard School where she teaches Orchestral Viola Repertory Classes. Ms. Dreyfus also serves on the viola faculty of the Manhattan School of Music where she teaches viola, chamber music as well as on the Graduate Orchestra Performance Program. Ms. Dreyfus has taught on the faculties of Third Street Music School Settlement, SUNY Purchase and Queens College.

Karen Dreyfus has received a National Endowment for the Arts Solo Recitalists Award and has performed extensively throughout the United States. She has also recorded many CDs. Her premiere recording with Bridge Records entitled “Romanze” has been received with much critical acclaim. American Record Guide cites Ms. Dreyfus as “a terrific player with impeccable technique and intonation, beautiful tone, and real musicianship. Her playing is highly expressive and responsive to the many moods elicited by this varied program.”

In 1995 Karen Dreyfus was invited to Poland to record the William Walton Viola Concerto with the Warsaw Philharmonic. She also recorded works for viola and orchestra by eight American composers with the Silesian Philharmonic. In 1997 Ms. Dreyfus recorded and premiered three more solo works with the Czech Radio Symphony of Prague. These CDs have been released on the MMC label.

Ms. Dreyfus has released two solo recordings for MMC Recordings. The first is the Willian Walton Viola Concerto coupled with William Thomas McKinley’s Viola Concerto No. 3. Karen Dreyfus has completed Viola Concertos Volume II for MMC which includes works by four American composers works for viola and orchestra with the Silesian Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerzy Swoboda, conductor.

In the fall of 2002 Karen Dreyfus and Glenn Dicterow released the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante along with the McKinley “Concert Variations” which was written expressly for them. It is on the MMC label with conductor Carl St. Clair and the Warsaw National Philharmonic.

Karen Dreyfus is a co-founding member of the Lyric Piano Quartet, which is Quartet-in-Residence at Queens College.

Recently Dreyfus along with the ensemble Lyric Piano Quartet, has released a recording of piano quartet works of Strauss and Turina for Black Box Records. It has been given the honor of being nominated “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone Magazine. BBC Magazine said that the Lyric Piano Quartet “marries the old-fashion virtues of portamento and warm vibrato to a quicksilver intelligence.”



Release Date: September 1, 2011
Catalog Number: NV5858
21st Century
String Orchestra
DIVERGENCE is a collection of violin concerti written by three living composers. These works by Nicholas Sackman, Scott Michal, and William Thomas McKinley follow the traditional frameworks of the concerto with the individual stylings and influences of each composer worked into each piece; Sackman’s Concertino for Violin and Orchestra features delicate melodies surrounded by punchy rhythms, Michal’s Encomiums pays homage to three great masters of counterpoint, and McKinley’s Concert Variations takes a Mozart-like theme and gives it a 20th century fantasy variation treatment.

Fine Music, Vol. 1

Release Date: February 1, 2011
Catalog Number: NV5841
21st Century
Solo Instrumental
String Orchestra
Navona's FINE MUSIC, VOLUME 1 is the first in a series of fine selections from Navona Records. This digital release features Grammy-winner Richard Stoltzman, Pulitzer Prize-winner Lewis Spratlan, Pixar/Randy Newman orchestrator Jonathan Sacks, and New York Philharmonic concertmaster Glenn Dicterow. This collection both highlights some of Navona's choicest tracks and offers a preview of things to come.

From Bow to String

Release Date: November 1, 2009
Catalog Number: NV5822
Large Ensemble