Karen Clarke is Adjunct Professor of Violin at the Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee. She is Professor Emeritus at Florida State University. Ms. Clarke became involved in period instrument performance in the mid-1980’s after hearing the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra with Monica Huggett as concertmaster. She subsequently studied Baroque violin with Ms. Huggett in London. Karen has played in the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra since its inception in 1997 and has served as concertmaster and as a soloist on many occasions. She is concertmaster and one of the founders of Music City Baroque in Nashville.
Ms.Clarke served as principal second violin in the Apollo Ensemble conducted by John Hsu and can be heard on the Beethoven symphony recordings of the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra on period instruments. She retired from Florida State University in 2007 and maintains an active teaching and performing career as a modern violinist along with her activities as a period instrument performer.