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Karen Greenhouse, violinist, ESO

I began playing the violin at 7 years old after my junior school offered lessons.  Naturally, after my Grandfather and Aunt had both learned to play, I felt it was my turn to keep the family tradition going! 

I also learned to play piano, recorder and guitar, but the violin is my main focus not only as a classical instrument but in folk and bluegrass ensembles and also as part of a rock band of which I am also a vocalist.  We have played at many charity events and wedding parties.

I have been a member of ESO for nearly 30 years, joining aged 19.  As well as ESO, each year I meet with a group of musicians in Kitzbuhel in Austria where we play under the baton of Chris Adey.  Last year we played Nielsen's Symphony No 2 and I fell in love with the piece for the sheer emotion it expressed.

Until recently, I was leader of the Music Personal Interest Group at the management consultancy I worked for in London.  It grew to 100 members creating a sense of connectivity and belonging amongst employees.  As part of this, I directed the annual Spring concert and yearly Christmas programme. We also recorded the soundtrack for a film we showed at the Empire in Leicester Square. 

I feel very privileged to have been a part of all these wonderful musical accomplishments and live the social aspects of my musical pursuits.