Karola Pavone, Soprano (background image)

“Karola Pavone applied herself fully to the furthest reaches of the drifting tonality of early Schoenberg. The intensity of her performance had an overpowering quality; it gave the impression of a vital necessity.” (Die Rheinpfalz on Schoenberg, Op. 2)

Karola Pavone had the opportunity during her postgraduate career to focus on several varieties of vocal and instrumental chamber music. Throughout her childhood she studied piano and viola. Influenced by this training, she enjoys an intimate understanding of the communication between soloists in small ensembles and the multifaceted sound qualities which result. 
In her Concert Exam she was able to display this acumen in a performance of, among others, Arnold Schoenberg’s demanding Second String Quartet, Op. 10. She has engaged with scorings of all kinds, from voice and piano trio to saxophone quartet and piano quintet. During her studies she had the opportunity to work with Anthony Spiri, Harald Schoneweg, David Smeyers, and Daniel Gauthier. 
She works closely with various ensembles as often as possible and is dedicated to seldom-performed composers, especially those who specialize in chamber music of atypical scoring, such as Ernest Chausson, Guillaume Lekeu, Wolfgang Jacobi, and Aribert Reimann.

In August 2015 Pavone was a guest at the chamber music festival Rencontres musicales d’Iroise in the region of Finistère, Brittany. There she performed music for voice and string quartet by Respighi, Samuel Barber, and Aribert Reimann (adaptations of Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, and Brahms). 
She has built an innovative and exciting collaborative relationship with the Forseti Saxophone Quartet, and together the five of them have been relishing the unusual orchestration of four saxophones and voice since 2014.

Karola Pavone can be heard on the debut album of Armenian saxophonist Koryun Asatryan in recordings of contemporary chamber music for saxophone and voice. The album was recorded in 2014, produced by the German Musikrat and released on the Genuin label with the cooperation of German Radio (Deutschlandfunk).

In May 2017 she performed Beethovens "Schottische Lieder" with Piano Trio in International Lied Festival Zeists Rising Stars-Program. 

In 2018 she sang the world first performance of Prof. Dimitri Terzakis "Gedichte des Sturms und der Öde" based on Emily Bronte's Poems alongside Forseti Saxophone Quartet in ON-Festival, Cologne, which will be broadcasted by WDR Radio Cologne.