Vera Karner was born in Vienna in 1994 and has been studying with Prof. Alexander Neubauer at the Private University for Music and Art there since 2010, complemented since 2014 by studies with Prof. Reiner Wehle at the College of Music in Lübeck. Vera Karner has given concerts as a soloist with a number of ensembles including the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Varna State Opera and the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Stara Zagora State Opera (both in Bulgaria), the Polish Chamber Philharmonic of Sopot, Camerata Musica Hungarica (at the Vienna Konzerthaus) and Camerata Universidad Andres Bello of Chile. She has amassed further experience of playing with orchestras in concerts with the orchestra of the Viennese State Opera and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra. Vera Karner has performed in concert at Vienna’s Musikverein and Konzerthaus venues and at various festivals such as Mecklenburg Western Pomerania, Schleswig Holstein, Chelsea (New York) and the Austrian Music Festival in Bulgaria. She has been involved in a number of music projects on radio for the Austrian classical music broadcaster Ö1, including Intrada, Philharmonische Verführung, Klassiktreffpunkt Ö1/ORF and Apropos Musik. Vera Karner has won several prizes at national and international music competitions, as well as awards and grants. These include the Fidelio Competition in Vienna, Ad Infinitium Lübeck and the 2015 Lions Music Prize. She is involved on a private level in helping people who are sick and have mobility issues, and she supports the Live Music Now project founded by Lord Yehudi Menuhin, which holds concerts free of charge in social facilities.

(c) Dominik Odenkirchen