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Caroline Goulding

  • Violinist


Caroline Goulding 2011-2012 season included debuts with the London Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony, Colorado Symphony and the Eastern Connecticut Symphony as well as recital debuts at the Kansas City Harriman-Jewell Series, University of Florida, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC and Fundacion Sinfonia in the Dominican Republic.  Caroline also had return engagements with the Dallas Symphony and the Boise Philharmonic. In the 2012-2013 season, Caroline makes debuts in Germany, Japan and China, as well as with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, California Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Camerata Chicago and the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra.

Recognition from the classical music world’s most distinguished artists, critics and institutions has been significant in Caroline’s young career. In 2011 she was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant and in 2009 she won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was the recipient of the Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship. That same year, Caroline received a Grammy nomination for her debut recording on the Telarc label. The self-titled album spent several weeks on Billboard’s Classical Chart and garnered attention from other venerable musicians, including violinist Jaime Laredo who called Caroline “one of the most gifted and musically interesting violinists I have heard in a long time; her playing is heartfelt and dazzling.”  Composer John Corigliano, whose Red Violin Caprices Caroline recorded, said, “She gives a totally individual interpretation to my music. I think she will shortly become a very famous young woman and only hope that she gives my other violin works a glance.”Maestro Erich Kunzel was also an ardent supporter of Caroline’s in her early teens and she was chosen to appear on his last Telarc recording From the Top at the Pops, released in 2009.

Praise from critics has been abundant as well. In a review of Caroline’s 2011 debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, Anne Midgette of the Washington Post proclaimed, “Goulding is a skilled violinist well on her way to an important career.”  Gramophone has called her a “precociously gifted virtuoso,” and The Cleveland Plain Dealer has praised Caroline for being “vibrant and intensely musical.” Along with her orchestral and recital appearances, Caroline has appeared on NBC’s Today, MARTHA, PBS’s From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall with world-renowned banjo player Bela Fleck, and will make her debut this December on Germany’s hit primetime television show “Stars von Morgen” (Stars of Tomorrow) hosted by Rolando Villazón on ZDF/ARTE.  On the radio, Caroline has been a guest on NPR’s Performance Today, From the Top, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, WNYC New York and on CosmoGirl Online. In December 2009, Caroline was named Musical America’s Artist of the Month.

Caroline Goulding currently studies with Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory, and is a participating artist at the Marlboro Music Festival.  She has previously attended the Aspen Music Festival and School – where she won the Aspen Music Festival’s Concerto Competition at age 13, Interlochen Arts Camp, and The Ceilidh Trail School of Celtic Music on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.  Past teachers include Paul Kantor, Joel Smirnoff and Julia Kurtyka.