Karl Stobbe is recognized as one of Canada’s most accomplished
violinists, known for his dedication to excellence on the violin
and classical music in all its forms. Whether as a concertmaster,
soloist, or chamber musician, Karl has been an audience favorite
from small venues to large ones. His diverse career has included
performances of all six Ysaÿe Sonatas for Solo Violin, all
16 Beethoven String Quartets, and all nine Mahler Symphonies. He
is noted for his generous, rich sound, and long, poignant phrasing.
He is described by the San Francisco Classical Voice as “an
artist with soulful musicianship,” and by London’s Sunday
Times as “a master soloist, recalling the golden age of violin
playing… producing a breathtaking range of tone colours.”
Karl has performed in many of North America’s most famous
concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, the National
Arts Centre, Roy Thompson Hall, Segerstrom Hall, and the Chan
Centre. As a chamber musician and soloist, he has shared the stage
with many of the most important and eclectic violinists of our
day, from James Ehnes to Mark O’Connor. Avie Records 2014
CD of Karl playing Ysaÿe’s Solo Violin Sonatas has
received worldwide attention, including Gramophone magazine which
hailed it as “full of spirit and energy… exciting,
fearless…” It was nominated for a 2015 Juno Award
for best Classical Album: Solo or Chamber Ensemble, and for a
Western Canadian Music Award for the Classical Album of the Year.
Devoted to the music of our time, 2014 also marked the release
of a live recording of Karl, joined by Jonathan Crow and the National
Arts Centre Orchestra in the title track of “Cobalt,”
a CD of the music of Jocelyn Morlock. He frequently performs and
records new music, and has been involved in numerouscommissions
and world premieres.
A lover of all things violin, Karl completed a minor in Violin
Repair and Construction when finishing his Masters of Music at
Indiana University. His passion for the construction and mechanics
of the violin is an important part of his professional musical
life, and continues to influence his performances and teaching.
Karl never misses an opportunity to see and play fine violins
and bows. He has given multiple lectures on the history of the
violin family, violin building and repair, and organized showings
and lecture recitals of rare, fine instruments, in concert halls,
art galleries, universities, and conservatories.