Karolina Errera Pavon

Karolina Errera grew up in a Dominican-Russian family with musical influences from all over the world. Making music was initially intended as a pastime after schoolwork, but it quickly developed into a passion that has become an integral part of her life. Ms. Errera’s musical education began at the age of five at the Central Music School in Moscow. After completing her school studies, she continued her training with Wilfried Strehle while pursuing her bachelor’s degree at the Berlin University of the Arts. She then went on to study with Tabea Zimmermann at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin.  

In 2018, Ms. Errera won first prize at the VIII Yuri Bashmet International Viola Competition, having previously been awarded second place at the 52nd International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen and first prize at the International Jan Rakovsky Competition. She is a regular guest artist at music festivals where she participates as a soloist and chamber musician. She has performed in concert halls such as the Wigmore Hall in London, the Victoria Hall in Geneva, and the Berlin Philharmonie. 

Ms. Errera enjoys developing her artistic personality in different formations. As an academician with the Berliner Philharmoniker, she learned to be part of a bigger whole. In chamber music, she is fascinated by the sensitivity of the shared creative moment and the fulfilling communication with one another. As a soloist, she enjoys the endless freedom of expression within the form, style, and content. She is a former scholarship holder of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s Karajan Academy. Since October 2018, she has been studying with Ms. Zimmermann at the Kronberg Academy—her studies were funded by the Dr. Rolf M. Schwiete Stiftung—and she completed her Professional Studies degree in June 2023. In 2022 her Debut CD, Songs of Rain, together with pianist Lilit Grigoryan, was released by the GENUIN label and has been nominated for the Opus Klassik Prize in four categories. 

Currently, Ms. Errera is based in Berlin and plays a copy of Gasparo da Salò viola made by Leipzig-based Luthier Jan Wünsch.