Born in the Dutch town of Eibergen in 1961, Caroline Strumphler studied with Ramy Shevelov in Hanover, Herman Krebbers in Amsterdam and Masuko Ushioda in Boston. She has always played a great deal of chamber music, especially piano trios and string quartets. With her own string quartet, Strumphler won the New England Conservatory chamber music competition and, together with pianist Ellen Corver, the Sweelinck Competition for violin and piano duos.
In 1989 Caroline Strumphler joined the ranks of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Chamber music has continued to play an important role in her career. Strumphler has played with the Amnsterdam Bach Soloists, the Netherlands Wind Ensemble and the Ebony Band, and played as primarius with the Euridice Quartet. She now performs regularly at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's Close-up Concerts in the Recital Hall of The Concertgebouw and at the IJ-Salon at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ. Strumphler also teaches students of the RCO Academy.
Since 2010 she plays on a Joseph Guarneri from 1722, an instrument that was played previously by former second concertmaster John Force and current concertmaster Liviu Prunaru. The instrument is owned by RCO donors’ foundation Stichting Donateurs.