AIMS String & Piano Academy

Barbara Doll (Booked Out)

  • Individual master classes for violin
  • Audition training
  • Opportunities to perform on stage as a soloist or in chamber groups
  • Selected students will experience the Festival Orchestra

“The meeting with the art of Barbara Doll was one of the happiest moments of my life. Her playing is of brilliant creative authority and suggestive power.”

Sofia Gubaidulina

Barbara Doll set an impressively high standard at the Wigmore Hall…Her absolute technical control coupled with an innate musical understanding was apparent from the outset…Dolls potent command of the Romantic repertoire was apparent in Strauss’s Violin Sonata in E-flat major; she never over- sentimentalised, her broad, free-wheeling vibrato always subservient to demands of phrasing and tone colour.”


Barbara Doll performs in the international music scene both as a soloist and chamber musician. Since 2014 she is professor of violin at the Music Academy in Basel, Switzerland, having hold a similar position at the University of the Arts in Bern since 2004.

Barbara’s interpretations of both mainstream and rarely performed repertoire have been internationally acclaimed for their personal and authentic approach. She is also a passionate violist and member of the ARIA Quartett.

Born near Munich, she was taught by legendary teachers as Ana Chumachenco, Thomas Brandis,  David Takeno and Sandor Vegh, Barbara is a laureate of the International Schubert Competition Graz, and of the Kuhmo International Duo Competition, Finland. She has appeared at such venues as the Wigmore Hall and the Barbican in London, the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid, as soloist e.g. with the English Chamber Orchestra and the European Union Chamber Orchestra. Barbara has been guest leading and directing prestigious chamber orchestras such as the English Chamber Orchestra, the Basle Chamber Orchestra, the Zurich, Munich and Stuttgart Chamber Orchestras and the Ensemble Resonanz. For more than twenty years she has been playing in the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, often under Claudio Abbado and Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Barbara is regularly invited to give masterclasses and coach orchestra academies. Recent and upcoming engagements include Villa Musica Mainz, Künstlerhaus Boswil, Hindemith Foundation Blonay and the Aurora Chamber Music Festival Sweden.