Karen Kyriakou is a passionate and experienced violinist, music educator, composer and conductor. Since completing her Bachelor of Music Education at the University of Melbourne and having completed a Masters degree in Music Education at Monash University, Karen has worked exclusively as a musician and a music educator, teaching in schools, the community and her own home teaching studio.
Karen has been involved in tutoring at numerous music camps, String festivals, and frequently delivers workshops to students specializing in improvisation and composition. She is both a performer and a ‘Composer In The Classroom’ with the Musica Viva In Schools program, and also works as a freelance Composer in Residence with community groups as well as school-based ensembles. Karen is an active committee member of the Austa (Australian Strings Association) in her state of Victoria, and presents at music education conferences. She also freelances with both Community and Education projects with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Karen’s recent musical journeys have taken her to working with deaf children and introducing them to the world of playing and making music. A recent deaf/music project involved working with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and leading an Auslan (Australian Sign Language) choir to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
Aside from composing educational works for school string ensembles, Karen also writes works for theatre, and is the composer and arranger for her world-music band Kazband, her music receiving positive media attention and regular airplay on radio throughout Australia.
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