“a master soloist, recalling the golden age of violin playing… producing a breathtaking range of tone colours.” (Sunday Times)
“a clinic in the art of violin playing…. a performer who compels his listeners.” (Winnipeg Free Press)
“an artist with soulful musicianship.” (San Francisco Classical Voice)
“full of spirit and energy… exciting, fearless…” (Gramophone Magazine)
A tribute to a great pianist, teacher, and mother, Linda Stobbe – who passed away in April 2013 at 66 years old. Photography by Canadian photographer Judy Bandsmer – paintbrushphotography.com.
- Nominated for 2015 JUNO Award – Classical Album of the Year!!
- Winner of 2015 Western Canadian Music Association Award – Classical Album of the Year!
Watch a recent performance of Karl as leader and concertmaster of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, playing Bartok’s Divertimento for Strings.
- Watch a recent performance of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra playing Bartok’s Divertimento for Strings with Karl as leader and concertmaster.
- Here’s a recent interview with Karl, about Bruch’s G Minor Violin Concerto, the violin, family, everything but the fate of the world. Look under the interviews tab.
- Sept. 28 – Oct 2nd. Manitoba Chamber Orchestra Tour – Kelowna, Abbotsford, Vancouver, Sechelt, Chan Centre Recording
- Nov. 1st. Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Autumn Festival – Clearwater Quartet Recital
- Jan. 27 – Feb. 2nd. WSO New Music Festival with Philip Glass. Repertoire to be decided.
- March 9, 10th. Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra – Bach Double Concerto in D minor with Gwen Hoebig
- March 11th. Clearwater Quartet in Brandon\
- April 14th. Prince George Symphony Orchestra – Tchaikovsky Concerto
- May 8th. Groundswell New Music Series – Sunabacka, Hiscott, Britton
- June 12 – 16th. Agassiz Festival – Complete performance of Unaccompanied Bach Partitas and
- Aug. 15 – 19th. Rosamunde Summer Music
- And as always – check out the websites of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and Winnipeg Chamber Music Society for a listing of their concerts. Karl is in almost all of them!!
Meet the latest addition to Karl’s violin family – a superb violin by Nicolas Lupot, made in Paris, 1806. Lupot is thought of by experts as “the French Stradivarius”. And why not – spectacular workmanship, the use of Stradivari’s most desirable form, and a vibrant, rich sound, make this a very special instrument. Not one for taking his time getting used to a new violin, Karl’s first performance on this was of all Six Sonatas for Solo Violin by Ysaye for the Agassiz Festival in Winnipeg!
- Check out Karl’s latest web adventures at www.violinaddictsanonymous.com. He and fellow violin nerd Jeremy Buzash have been sharing their love of the violin world on this new site, showing pictures of violin repairs, violin construction, and of course, pictures of some great violins. There is a lot of fun stuff on the site, so please visit, get a free subscription, have a few laughs and learn a thing or two about string instruments. It’s definitely worth a few minutes of time!
(above) Karl’s Recording of the Ysaÿe Sonatas for Solo Violin – 2015 Western Canadian Music Award Winner for Classical Recording of the Year!!!
(right) Karl Stobbe with composer Jocelyn Morlock, winner of the 2015 Western Canadian Music Award for Classical Composition of the year. The Recording of her piece – Cobalt – was performed by violinists Karl Stobbe & Jonathan Crow, with the National Arts Centre Orchestra with Alain Trudel Conducting.
Classical Recording of the Year
- Ysaÿe Sonatas For Solo Violin – Karl Stobbe (MB)
- Sins & Fantasies – Mark Takeshi McGregor (BC)
- PEP (Piano and Erhu Project) Vol. 2 – PEP (Piano and Erhu Project) Vol. 2 (BC)
- Sassicaia – Sea and Sky (BC)
- Virtuosi Of The Baroque – Victoria Baroque Players (BC)
September 20, 2015 – Victoria, BC