Ms. Karen Barg
Violin, Viola Teacher
Karen Barg began her violin training with Joanne Martin at the age of 4 through the Suzuki Talent Education Institute of Manitoba (now known as Suzuki Music Winnipeg Inc.). She continued her studies with Jack Glatzer (an acclaimed virtuoso violinist) and Gwen Hoebig (concert master of WSO) in Winnipeg while attending the University of Manitoba, and Madame Gho at McGill University in Montreal.
Karen enjoys performing as a professional freelance violinist with the WSO, TBSO, various Winnipeg ensembles including The Luminous String Quartet (luminousstringquartet.ca) as well as various touring artists who have performed in Winnipeg like Sarah Brightman, Il Divo, Anne Murray and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Since 1998, she has also enjoyed expanding her stylistic genres of rock, pop, folk, country and jazz which has been fostered further by working with multi Juno winner Fred Penner since 2010 as a 5-string electric violinist and backup singer in his Cat’s Meow Band.
As much as Karen enjoys performing, she is also passionate about arranging music for ensembles—especially for her Luminous String Quartet and Suzuki ensembles—in the pop and rock genres as well as Movie and TV themes. Somewhat following in the steps of her former teacher, colleague and mentor Joanne Marin, she is looking forward to becoming a published composer and arranger in the future.
Beginning her Suzuki Teacher Training in 1998, Karen has obtained training from Pat D’Ercole, Joanne Martin, Paule Barsalou and Karen Kimmit as well as a SPA session with Joanne Melvin, and looks forward to further training. She also created a small Suzuki program, along with her Suzuki colleague Judi Price-Rosen, called The Keystone Suzuki Strings which was in existence from 2002 until 2007. Karen currently teaches a full Suzuki studio and has held the position of Program Coordinator for Suzuki Music Winnipeg Inc. since the Fall of 2012.