Karen Burciaga, violin, viola, & viola da gamba
Karen Burciaga earned an MM in Early Music Performance from the Longy School of Music, studying Baroque violin with Dana Maiben and viol with Jane Hershey. She holds a BM from Vanderbilt University, where she first began playing early strings. She has performed with The King’s Noyse, Cambridge Concentus, Exsultemus, Arcadia Players, Newton Baroque, and other period ensembles throughout New England. Karen is a founding member of Seven Times Salt, and Long & Away, a viol consort. With those ensembles she has researched and presented original programs at the Boston, Bloomington, and Amherst Early Music Festivals. Karen studied historical dance with Ken Pierce, Dorothy Olson and Kaspar Mainz, and has enjoyed dancing in several period opera productions. She taught on the string faculty of the Texas TOOT, and currently serves on the board of the Viola da Gamba Society, New England chapter. She is also the fiddler for the Italian folk music ensemble Newpoli and the Celtic group Ulster Landing. For more information on Karen and her musical activities, visit her website at www.karenburciaga.com.