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Karola Elssner

Studied saxophone at the  “Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule’ in Berlin, Germany. Since then works as a free lance musician. 

Very often asked for playing Solo parts in leading German orchestras like Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Staatsoper Berlin, Rundfunksinfonieorchester Berlin. Worked with Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, Wladimir and Michael Jurowski, Dmitri Kitaienko, Kent Nagano, Riccardo Chailly a.o. 

Played and plays Chamber Berlin Saxophone Quartett, Leipzig Saxophone Quartett, Classic4Sax. Winner of various prices among them Hennessey Blue Note Jazz Search, Berlin Jazz Award.

Recorded more than 20 CDs. Concerts in all over Europe, Asia and USA.

For many years is an enthusiastic fan of Armenian music and got introduced to the Duduk during giving master classes at KOHAR Music School in Gyumri in 2007 by great player Tigran Ayvazyan.