Barbara Doll (Violin)


Barbara Doll is a versatile german violinist who is appearing on the international music scene both as a soloist and chamber music player, performing also a wide range of contemporary works as well as classical repertoire both on modern and historical instruments.

She has given concerts at such venues as the Wigmore Hall and the Barbican in London, the Philharmonie in Berlin, Auditorio Nacional in Madrid and Brucknerhaus in Linz, and has been invited to prestigious festivals such as the Schleswig Holstein Festival and the Ravinia Festival, USA. As a soloist she has appeared e.g. with the English Chamber Orchestra  and the European Union Chamber Orchestra several times. Together with Nigel Kennedy she has performed the J.S. Bach Double Concerto. Her Wigmore Hall recital was highly praised by The Strad magazine.

Barbara Doll was born near Munich. Her teachers were Ana Chumachenko, Thomas Zehetmair,Thomas Brandis and David Takeno. Important influences were masterclasses with  Sandor Vegh, Ivry Gitlis and Gyorgy Kurtag. A regular guest at prestigious chamber music festivals such as the Schleswig Holstein festival or the Ravinia festival USA she has partnered such artists as  Miriam Fried, Homero Francesch, Heinz Holliger, Christopher Hinterhuber, Silke Avenhaus, Patricia Pagny, Dimitri Ashkenazy, Nicolas Altstaedt and Dieter Flury .

Barbara Doll is a laureate of the International Schubert Competition Graz, especially of the Schubert Prize in the Franz Schubert-Year 1997, and of the Kuhmo International Duo Competition, Finland.

Barbara Doll has led and directed prestigious chamber orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Zurich, Munich, Basel and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras, the Kammerphilharmonie Amadé, the Ensemble Resonanz and the German Kammerakademie Neuss.  For many years she played in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under such conductors as Claudio Abbado and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Barbara Doll is regularly invited to give masterclasses and to judge national and international competitions. Since 2004 she is Professor of Violin and Chamber Music at the University of the Arts Berne/ Switzerland. She is president of ESTA European String teachers’ association, Switzerland.

“Barbara Doll set an impressively high standard at the Wigmore Hall…
Her absolute technical control coupled with an innate musical understanding was apparent from the outset with two contrasting works by Schubert … The STRAD

Meeting the art of Barbara Doll was one of the most happy moments of my life. Her playing is of brilliant and  creative  ease  and suggestive strength.