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Karin Aurell studied flute with Gerard Schaub, Lennart Ehrenlood, Robert Aitken and William Bennett among others. After finishing her M.Mus. in music performance at the University of Goteborg, she spent many years playing principal flute in the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra on Sweden's Baltic coast before relocating to Canada in 2001. Since then she has built a career as a chamber musician, performing regularly all across the region with her groups Ventus Machina (woodwind quintet) and Trio Arkaède.
Karin played in the Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra (SON), in Southern Sweden, from 1988 until she moved to Canada. With this orchestra, she performed all across Europe, and recorded extensively on the BIS and CPO labels. She has worked with such distinguished conductors as Franz Welser-Most, Daniel Harding, Leif Segerstam, Okko Kamu and Herbert Blomstedt.
Karin teaches flute in the music departments of Mount Allison University and Université de Moncton. She is also the coach for the flute section of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra.
In 2011, she was part of launching New Brunswick's professional woodwind quintet, Ventus Machina. This group is presented by Symphony New Brunswick in their Virtuoso Series, performing three programs each year in Moncton, Saint John and Fredericton. Since the summer of 2014, Ventus Machina has organized annual summer tours to venues in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The quintet also plays outreach concerts and workshops in schools around the province, as well as organizing two summer chamber music camps, one for youth and one for adult wind players.
In fall 2017, Ventus Machina is looking forward to the release of their first full length album, In the Weeds, and to tours in Ontario and New Brunswick.
Since 2013, Karin has been very involved in flute choirs, leading a variety of youth choirs in the Moncton area and an adult group based in Sackville.
Karin’s first solo recording, Nightingales for Katy, was released in 2005. Her second CD, with Trio Arkaède (with Isabelle Fournier, violin and Julien LeBlanc, piano) was released to critical acclaim in summer 2008. The trio's second CD, Tour de France, was launched in 2014 and comprises music by French composers from the early part of the 20th century. It received a very favourable review in La Scena Musicale and was nominated for classical recording of the year at the ECMA awards. In 2015, Ventus Machina released their EP, It's Latin!
Karin particularly enjoys working with living composers, and many composers in the region have written works for her. In November 2009, she was chosen by the Canadian Music Centre as one of 50 ambassadors to Canadian music.
Karin spends her summers on PEI, where she plays in the Charlottetown Festival Orchestra.