Karen currently holds the Associate Principal Flute chair with Orchestra Victoria, Australia. She gained her PhD from The University of Melbourne researching the performance of 20th century Eastern European Flute repertoire and has her Masters and Bachelor with Honours performance degrees from the Victorian College of the Arts. Karen has studied and performed throughout Europe, Canada, the U.S and the U.K and was the recipient of an Ian Potter Foundation grant.

Karen has recorded several concertos with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and has won awards such as The Marion Isobel Thomas Award, The Mozart Concerto Award, the Leslie Barklamb Scholarship and the ABC/M.S.O Young Artist Award.

Karen also enjoys an active life of chamber music in various ensembles throughout Australia, is in demand as both soloist and collaborator at festivals and is one half of award winning Flute & Harp duo ‘Kalimna’.

In addition to Karen’s performance life, she is a passionate researcher and educator, holding an Honorary research fellowship at the University of Queensland and has served as a long time faculty member at VCASS as well as lecturing, tutoring and examining at The University of Melbourne and The University of Queensland.