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Berent Korfker

Berent Korfker gave his first concert as soloist with orchestra at the age of 13. After winning prizes at the Wieniawski competition (Beethoven Prize) and the Oscar Back violin competition (Second Prize and Contemporary Music Award) he played throughout Europe, in Russia, Japan, the United States and Australia, both as a soloist with orchestra and in recitals.

Berent has performed countless times at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and has also appeared at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, the Beethoven Saal in Bonn, the Palacio de Festivales in Santander and the Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama. He has performed concertos with major orchestras worldwide and has made solo recital broadcasts in the USA, France and the Netherlands.

Born in Rotterdam in 1970, Berent graduated with distinction from the Solo Performing Artist programme at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam, as a student of Davina van Wely. He subsequently graduated from the Reina Sofia school in Madrid and was awarded the Konzertexamen from the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, as a student of Zakhar Bron. He took part in masterclasses with some of the great names of the old school, including Igor Oistrakh, Herman Krebbers, Berl Senofsky, Ruggiero Ricci, and with period instrument specialists Jaap Schröder and Reinhard Goebel. While continuing his solo performing career, Korfker travelled to the USA to undertake intensive studies with Shmuel Askenasi.

Korfker's own teaching career began at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne, where he was appointed official assistant to Professor Zakhar Bron in 1999. International masterclass invitations followed, including at conservatories in Vienna, Sydney, Chicago and Hannover and the Stradivari Society, and in 2005 Korfker was appointed Professor at the Royal College of Music in London and the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey. It was then that Korfker decided to base himself in the UK, where he now teaches students from all over the world at the RCM and in his private studio.

Korfker's students include successful young concert artists, international orchestral and quartet players, and laureates of international competitions including the Queen Elizabeth, Sibelius and Wieniawski violin competitions. He has been a jury member at the Novosibirsk International Competition for Young Violinists and at the Madeira Music International Violin Competition, and has sat on international audition panels. He has released two CDs for the Arsis label, both of which have attracted considerable praise from the international press.

Berent Korfker is the inventor of the KorfkerCradle and the KorfkerRest. These innovations in shoulder rest design are protected by three International patents and were released commercially in 2014 by German string manufacturer Pirastro.

Faculties / departments: Strings


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Berent Korfker

Violin professor