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multi skilled, violist / violinist, composer, arranger, designer and artist


With a vibrant live and recorded freelance performance career, Karen's roots are in classical music with a wealth of experience in bands and contemporary settings. She works regularly with touring acts using jazz and folk improvising styles.

Karen has performed at WOMAD, Europafest, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Guitar Festival and the Adelaide Fringe and works with various groups including Aurora Strings, San Ureshi, Nexus Arts Orchestra, John Schumann, Patch Children’s Theatre Company, Brink Theatre Company, Acoustic Odyssey and The Baker Suite.

Karen is violist for Pocket String Quartet, an adventurous string quartet that is pushing boundaries in string performance and improvisation. PSQ's projects have included performances at WOMADelaide with Trio Da Kali (Mali), Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Fringe. and at The Lab. The quartet create new, innovative works in a contemporary and jazz style with rhythm and groove at the fore and have recently completed recording for Karen's Golden Boy Project.

Another performance project is with Mike Bevan. The DeNardi Bevan Duo regularly present concerts in Adelaide and surrounds are writing original new works for 7-string guitar and violin. The duo also enjoy reworking jazz standards, Brazilian tunes and classical pieces into duets with new feels.

For many years, Karen was a member and manager of original music trio Vincent’s Chair. The band enjoyed success on the world stage playing at many jazz/blues/cabaret festivals across Europe and Australia. Her passion for collaboration and cross-genre-styles originated in this group. 

Alongside her performance work, Karen co-directs the Southern Cross Symphony, contracting musicians in all states across Australia.


Karen De Nardi holding her violin and looking over her left shoulder. Standing side on to a red brick wall wearing a lowcut yellow halter dress.


Pocket String Quartet: Allye Sinclair - cello, Robin Bushell - violin, Julian Ferraretto - violin and Karen De Nardi - viola, holding their instruments
DeNardi Bevan Duo: Karen De Nardi - violin, and Mike Bevan - guitar, holding thier instruments infront of a floral painted mural wall
Karen De Nardi wearing sparkling gold outfit playing the viola. In the background there are string fairy stage lights.
Aurora String Quartet: Sarah Wozniak - violin, Emma McMurray - violin, Karen De Nardi - viola, Briohny Taylor - cello.
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