Artistic Director Karen Barg is a versatile violinist with over twenty years of professional experience as a soloist, performing with passion and heart that add musical elegance to any event


About KAREN Barg

Karen Barg has performed with a vast array of musicians including the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Sarah Brightman, Il Divo, Anne Murray, and Winnipeg’s own Fred Penner. She has professional recording experience with bands such as Indicator Indicator. Karen studied solo violin performance at the University of Manitoba and McGill University. She has studied privately with Joanne Martin, Jack Glatzer, Lorand Fenyves, Gwen Hoebig, Madame Gho, and Guillaume Tardif. She has extensive Suzuki teacher training, held the position of Program Coordinator for Suzuki Music Winnipeg for five years, and enjoys teaching a full Suzuki violin studio.

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Professional performing experience

  • Bridges of Madison County by Dry Cold Productions – Soloist
  • Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Winnipeg – First Violin, Concert Master
  • Sarah Slean tour of Metaphysics (Winnipeg, 2017) – Luminous String Quartet, First Violin
  • Cirque Musica tour (2017) – Second Violin
  • Don Amero's Christmas Show (2017) – Leader, String Arrangement Composer, Luminous String Quartet, First Violin
  • Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra – Second Violin
  • Concertante Chamber Players – Second Violin
  • Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Winnipeg – First Violin
  • The Manitoba Theatre Centre’s production of Camelot – Principal Second Violin
  • Brandon Chamber Players – First and Second Violin
  • Calvary Temple’s Messiah – Principal Second Violin
  • Sarah Brightman tours of La Luna and Harem – Principal Second Violin, Winnipeg Arena
  • Prairie Performances Concert Series – solo performance
  • The Messiah performance with the WSO – Second Violin
  • ABBA-Mania tour – Second Violin, Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall
  • Steve Michaels as Elvis: The Way It Was – Second Violin
  • Il Divo – Second Violin, MTS Centre
  • Anne Murray – Second Violin, Winnipeg Centennial Concert Hall and MTS Centre
  • The Messiah – Concert Master, University of Manitoba Choir, Director Elroy Friesen
  • Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Dry Cold Productions – Soloist
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra – Principal Second Violin, MTS Centre
  • Winnipeg Singers – Concert Master
  • WSO with Doc Walker for Annual Jets Gala – first violin section,  MTS Centre
  • Windsor String Quartet – Manager and First Violin
  • First Mennonite Church – Concert Master
  • Quinzy – First Violinist
  • Karen Barg and the Ken Currie Trio – lead vocals and jazz violin
  • Fred Penner and the Cat’s Meow – violin and vocals

Karen Barg has always exceeded my expectations with her own creative approach and ideas to lend to a project. Her knowledge of different instruments, notation, arrangements, and playing styles is a huge asset.
— Carlin Lemon, Producer/Engineer, Lemonfresh Studios and ‘Big City Band’ Director

From the first time we sat down with Artistic Director Karen Barg, we knew that the Luminous String Quartet were the musicians that were going to bring the magic to our wedding. They offered such a wide variety of music and were so accommodating to our vision. They brought us every option in the book! They made it so easy . . . so enjoyable. They made it magical.
— Lindsay and Rory Egan, September 2012

I have worked with and respected Karen Barg for many years. As a Suzuki violin teacher to one of my children in the early 2000s, she showed professionalism and integrity and offered a nurturing environment for my daughter to learn the Suzuki Method.

As a member of my band since 2010, Karen brings her exuberant violin and vocal talent to the stage, enhancing the performances with strong solo work and clean, clear harmonies.

For my Winnipeg Kids Fest shows, Karen has arranged music especially for Suzuki students to perform with us. The audience and I were delighted with the results! I was also pleased that her students were given the opportunity to share the stage with us.

Karen is easy to work with and comes to the table with new ideas that spark our collaborations. It is a joy to work with such a passionate and enthusiastic performer.
— Fred Penner, Musician, Order of Canada, Order of Manitoba

Karen Barg is a classically trained violinist with a range spanning genres as diverse as country, heavy metal, top 40, and standard jazz

The glamorous Grant Hall Hotel has had the opportunity on two occasions to host Ms. Barg as a soloist in the dining room. Her ease with a roomful of patrons is only overshadowed by the ease with which she carries her performance. Ms. Barg is a natural entertainer. A glance around the room at people’s faces through the performance confirms her status as a wonderful talent. We look forward to Karen’s next performance at the Grant Hall Hotel.
— Kirby Froese, General Manager, Grant Hall Hotel in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

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