Karen Strittmatter Galvin

Before being named Assistant Concertmaster of the North Carolina Symphony, Karen Strittmatter Galvin was a member of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and had an active freelance career in Washington, D.C., performing regularly with the Washington National Opera and the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra. She is a former member and soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra and the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra.

Galvin is also an avid chamber musician. She is a founding member of the Inscape Chamber Orchestra of Washington, D.C., and performed with the Laurel String Quartet, which was formed under the guidance of the Guarneri Quartet. Along with two of her sisters, she has been performing as a member of the Strittmatter Trio since 1988.

A native of Pittsburgh, Galvin began her musical training at the age of five with Debbie Holland, and later Hong-Guang Jia and Huei-Sheng Kao, both assistant concertmasters of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. She received her bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree at the University of Maryland.

Galvin is curator of New Music Raleigh, a cutting-edge ensemble dedicated to performing the works of living composers. In addition, she has served on the board of the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild (now Chamber Music Raleigh), maintains an active teaching studio, and can be found playing locally and recording with rock bands such as Broken Social Scene, The Rosebuds, and Lost in the Trees. She performs during the summer with the Colorado Music Festival.

Galvin has been a frequent soloist with NCS, most recently performing with Jacqueline Saed Wolborsky on Anna Clyne’s Prince of Clouds for concerts in Raleigh, Wilmington, and Chapel Hill.