Karen's live performances are electrifying and explosive! She was born in New York City and raised in Portsmouth, VA where she learned to play violin in a classroom setting at the age of 12.
Her playing is strong and indicative of her exposure to Jazz, Gospel, Latin, Classical, African and mid-eastern music styles. All are combined with a unique melismatic, 'vocal-like' soul, thus giving her a rare and distinguishable signature of sound.
She has been sought after to record or appear in a wide variety of musical situations ranging from Gospel (Kirk Franklin, Donnie McClurkin & Yolanda Adams) to Symphony (The Virginia Symphony) to jazz (Vertu Stanley Clarke & Lenny White, Mike Phillips) to Hip Hop (Wu Tang Clan, Hidden Beach: Unwrapped Volumes I - IV). Another noteworthy fact is that Karen is the first violinist to win Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater!
A dazzling solo by the great Karen Briggs will floor you!! ~ Paula Edelstein
North Hollywood, CA
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced students
Please contact Coordinator: Winston Sanders (702) 242 - 8944 to arrange