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Pauline Kempf

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Pauline Kempf

D.M.A Northwestern University
M.M University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna
B.M Geneva Haute École de Musique

Pauline Kempf received her Doctor of Music in Violin Performance from Northwestern University where she studied with Blair Milton and was his teaching assistant. She dedicated her research to the Canadian composer Eckhardt-Gramatté and her works for solo violin.

A certified Suzuki violin teacher, she completed her pedagogical training with Rolando Freitag and Edward Kreitman in Chicago and has over ten years of individual and group teaching experience.

Pauline has been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago since 2018, and currently works as a Civic violin mentor for the Amundsen High S​chool. Often performing as the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra's assistant concertmaster, Pauline enjoyed discovering the symphonic repertoire during her school years under the baton of conductors including Emmanuel Krivine, Zubin Mehta, and Takacs-Nagy, and she was the concertmaster of the Paris Sinfonia Pop Orchestra from 2009 to 2013.

An active chamber musician, Pauline has performed as first violinist with the Leggio Quartet in Europe and in the USA and has premiered the works of composers such as Christian Lotito and Bernard Barsotti. She has collaborated with the Amateurs Virtuoses Festival in France, Chile and Argentina. Since 2017, her collaboration with the American pianist Clare Longendyke has allowed them to perform both in France and in the USA with innovative and original duo programs.

Between 2017 and 2019, Pauline had the opportunity to perform as the soloist of several concertos by Bach, Mozart and Beethoven with the Promoteo Sinfonietta at Northwestern, as well as the concerto by Jean-Marie Leclair with the Bienen Strings Ensemble under Maestro Yampolsky's baton. She is now regularly invited by the Silver Music and Musicivic series to perform numerous works for solo violin online.
Passionate about the historically informed practice and scholarship, Pauline participated in numerous North American academies as a Baroque violinist and performs with several Chicago-based period instrument ensembles such as Third Coast Baroque and Haymarket Opera Company.