Carolin Pook is a German born violinist, composer, improviser, conductor & drummer from Brooklyn/New York. She creates and conducts music that is tailored to the featured performers and part improvised, part written, while melting those in a seamless way into one composition. The press has described her compositions as postmodern sound architecture with an almost magical intensity, her violin playing ranging from brazen abundance to sensitive sparsity.
Her great grandfather Waldemar von Bausznern was a known post romantic composer descended from Transylvanian Saxons, and her father, pianist Rainer Pook, has been Herbert van Karajan’s assistant at the Deutsche Oper Berlin for many years. Pook, who grew up in a classical music and operatic environment, picked up the violin at age 6, the piano and drums at age 12. She wrote a 2 hour long musical at age 18 while at the same time intensely studying scores of Arnold Schönberg, Mahler and Debussy. Between 2000 and 2006, while studying jazz violin and drums as a double major at the Conservatory in Cologne/Germany, her close collaborations with mentor and collegue Werner Dickel -professor for viola at the conservatory and founding member of the Ensemble Modern- has strengthened her focus on contemporary music performance and extended techniques, premiering and recording numerous chamber music works by composers such as Thomas Beimel, Dietrich Eichmann or York Höller. Since graduating in 2006 and in the same year being awarded several scholarships to study and live in New York, she has been commissioned to write for the Deutsche Radiophilharmonie and Roy Hargrove quintet, for free Jazz saxophonist Peter Brötzmann and an 8-piece percussion ensemble, and she continues to write a new program for her 3-year old Brooklyn based chamber workshop ensemble –THE POOKESTRA– several times a year.
Pook has studied with renowned performers and mentors such as Zipflo Reinhardt and Michael Gustorff (violin / 2000-2005), Mark Feldman (violin / 2006-2008), and Keith Copeland (drums / 2002-2006).
She is a sought after recording artist and arranger and has appeared on over 40 recordings for artists such as Kenny Garrett, Die Fantastischen Vier and Mike Doughty, to name a few.
In November 2014, Carolin Pook has been artist in residence at Peter Kowald Gesellschaft e.V./O.R.T. in Wuppertal, while giving a Pookestra workshop at the Cologne conservatory and composing a new work for choir as well as solo violin and dance.
In 2016, Carolin Pook was Improviser in Residence in Moers/Germany while premiering a new composition for 8 violinists who also play percussion with their feet -herself playing both violin and drums- at Moers Festival.
Her commissions 2017 include music for a theatre production of the 'Wuppertaler Bühnen' (Don Quichote, directed by Robert Sturm), music for string quartet and SPACEPILOT for Moers Festival, and a piece for EOS chamber orchestra Cologne featuring herself as a soloist on violin (directed by Susanne Blumenthal).