Karin-Regina Florey


» Art, as holistic awareness of the vital energy’s creativeness, represents for me a worldview apt for the future. If religion represents the opposite of science, art should take individual responsibility to adjoin both poles, without having to justify itself through either one. «

K.R. Florey

Mag.art. Karin-Regina Florey

born November 14th 1963 in Klagenfurt, Austria, studied violin in Graz, Vienna, and in the US. She holds a professorship at the Vorarlberg State Conservatory of Music in Feldkirch, (A). Her priorities as a performer are set on music for solo violin and on chamber music, therefore her membership in the Cappella Andrea Barca means a lot to her. Aside from her outstanding teachers, it was her father, Hans Florey, and Sir András Schiff who greatly influenced her attitude towards music.

Karin-Regina Florey’s concern is the essential in art.

In an interview with music critic Fritz Jurmann, she said:

“.. from a very early stage, I was interested in playing an instrument as a means of developing one’s personality. For me, making music is also an experience of refining one’s consciousness. My goal is to attain a heightened clarity of perception while playing. Working with a musical instrument proves to be a way of self-discovery, therefore I consider musical education a valuable asset in any case. [..] The main questions I am interested in are: what is the essence of art, and what is the essential quality that characterizes a good musician? [..] I get the impression somehow, that we are surrounded by so many machines and by so much artificial energy, that we, as human beings, nourish the ambition to imitate this energy. That is why it is important for me to search for the vital force, the inexplicable, which in fact lies at the source of art. This has more to do with mindfulness and introspection, rather than with bustling activity and marketing. Thus, I’d like to sense a deeper meaning behind it all, and also pass that on.”

KULTUR – Magazine N°. 5/2014
  • First violin lessons at age five; at age eleven accepted to the University of Music, Graz, Austria (Christos Polyzoides).
  • From 1979 undergraduate studies in violin, parallel to attending College; high school diploma with award of excellence.
  • Graduate studies and “Konzertdiplom” at the University of Music, Vienna (Gerhard Schulz),
  • Master of Music degree an der Northern Illinois University, USA (Shmuel Ashkenasi),
  • Performer Diploma at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA (Franco Gulli),
  • Magistra Artium degree at the University of Music, Graz, Austria.
  • Participation in Master classes given by Yuuko Shiokawa, Andrzej Grabiec, Herman Krebbers, Sandor Végh and Nathan Milstein, among others.
  • First prizes at the Austrian competitions “Jugend musiziert” and “Stephanie Hohl” (ex aequo with Benjamin Schmid).
  • 1989 participant at the Marlboro Music Festival, VT, USA.
  • 1990-93 member of the Vienna Chamber Orchestra (artistic director Philippe Entremont).
  • Since 1993 professor for violin at the Vorarlberg State Conservatory of Music, since 2023 at the Stella Vorarlberg Privathochschule of Music in Feldkirch, Austria.
  • Since 1999 member of the ensemble Cappella Andrea Barca, directed by its founder Sir András Schiff.
  • First comprehensive recording of the works for solo violin and violin and piano by Josef Matthias Hauer (Extraplatte, Wien).
  • First performance of the Thai violin concerto Sankitamankala with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra.
  • Various pedagogical activities in Italy, Spain, USA, Thailand, Japan.
  • Teacher at summer music workshops in Austria, France, Switzerland, Italy, USA.
  • Since 2009 organizer and artistic director of the Chamber MUSIC FESTival at Weinberg Castle, Upper Austria.
  • Concerts in various chamber music groups. Lecture recitals with works by Josef Matthias Hauer und Hans Florey.

Chamber Music • Orchestra • New Music

Concert activity

Cappella Andrea Barca
Sir András Schiff's Chamber Orchestra
WKO • SOV • and others
Chamber Music
From duo to nonet • KammerMUSIKFESTival
Contemporary Music
Uraufführungen • J.M. Hauer • H. Florey
Review & Preview


Cappella Andrea Barca

January 2024: Fantastic tour of the Cappella Andrea Barca starting in Athens, Greece (Megaron), before two concerts at the Mozart Week in Salzburg, Austria, and a final concert in the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, Germany. Sir András …

Bravo, former student

Xenia Rubin (former student of K.R. Florey) was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra from 2019 until 2021, and played as Academist with the “Niederösterreichische Tonkünstler” orchestra from 2021 until 2023 besides her …

Violin and piano

Various programs for violin and piano: November 3rd and 21st, 2023, performances with piano colleague Anna Adamik; continuing collaboration with pianist Zsuzsana Csegzi; new project with pianist Johannes Piirto. K.R. Florey and Zsuzsana Csegzi K.R. …

Cappella Andrea Barca

Jänner 2023: Die Konzerte bei der Mozartwoche 2023 waren der konzertanten (halb-szenischen) Aufführung von Mozarts Oper „Don Giovanni“ in der Felsenreitschule Salzburg gewidmet. Solist*innen der Cappella Andrea Barca unter der Leitung von Sir A. Schiff …

Zhineng QiGong on the island

September 2023: One week’s Zhineng QiGong workshop with Dr. Elisabeth Ottel-Gattringer on the idyllic island of Susak, Croatia, as a follow-up of the one year Minjue training with teacher Wei QiFeng.

15th Chamber MUSIC FESTival 2023

August 2023: Three well booked concerts successfully concluded the 15th Chamber MUSIC FESTival at Weinberg Castle. They featured highlights from 22 chamber music works, presented by 23 musicians from seven nations. The ensembles included strings …

House concert in New York City

July 2023: House concert project in Harlem, NY, including (former) musicians from the international Chamber MUSIC FESTival at Weinberg Castle, as a fund raiser for the participation of an Afro-American violin student at the 2023 …