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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Caroline Goulding Caroline Goulding Wins First Prize in 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions

Rebecca Davis PR Presents Caroline Goulding
Violinist joins roster of the celebrated organization and will perform in New York, Washington and Boston during 2010-11 season

New York, NY – On Saturday, November 21st, violinist Caroline Goulding was awarded First Prize at the Finals of the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions held at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

At the age of 17, Caroline is the youngest of the four artists granted the prestigious prize this year. Other winners include 21-year-old American pianist Charlie Albright, 26-year-old Belarusian flutist Aleksandr Haskin, and 25-year-old American mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson. Winners were chosen from ten Finalists, selected out of 146 applicants hailing from 30 countries.

As a First Prize Winner, Caroline will join the roster of Young Concert Artists, Inc., which provides debuts in the 2010-2011 Young Concert Artists Series in New York, in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, and in Boston at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, as well as management, including concert engagements and career guidance.

This honor caps off a milestone year for Caroline Goulding during which she released her debut album on the Telarc label in August featuring YCA Alumnus, pianist Christopher O’Riley. In September, Caroline performed with Christopher O’Riley at New York’s (Le) Poisson Rouge in celebration of her album along with From the Top at the Pops, the new recording from the acclaimed National Public Radio series with the Cincinnati Pops and the late Erich Kunzel on which Caroline performs. Caroline currently appears as the cover artist in the December issue of Strings Magazine and this spring graduated high school with top honors at 16 from Gilmour Academy in Cleveland.

Caroline Goulding’s self-titled debut album – a "marvelous recital of virtuoso morsels" according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer – includes music by Corigliano, Vieuxtemps, Kreisler, Schoenfield, Gershwin and traditional Cape Breton Island fiddling; it features pianists Christopher O'Riley and Janine Randall. Included on the album are John Corigliano’s ‘Red Violin Caprices for solo violin.’ After hearing the recording Corigliano himself commented; “At age 16, 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.” Donald Rosenberg of The Cleveland Plain Dealer concurs, saying, “Her playing blends refinement with technical flair, lifting every phrase to exhilarating heights.” Her fearless technique, innate artistry and an unadulterated joy for music-making have earned her champions from across the music industry including violinist Jaime Laredo who called her “one of the most gifted and musically interesting violinists I have heard in a long time,” and Alan Fletcher, president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School who has recognized her “freshness, confidence, radiant technique and perfect optimism wrapped in sparkling beauty.”

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About Caroline Goulding
Caroline Goulding has already graced the stages of prestigious ensembles such as The Cleveland Orchestra, The Cleveland Pops Orchestra, The Detroit Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Sinfonia Gulf Coast, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, the Aspen Concert Orchestra and the International Symphony Orchestra.

Caroline has been featured on the small screen and public airwaves as well. She has appeared on NBC’s Today Show, National Public Radio’s From the Top, Sirius Satellite Radio, WNYC New York, CosmoGirl Online and on the Martha Stewart Show. She was invited to perform for the PBS TV Series From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall and is featured on Maestro Erich Kunzel’s last recording, From the Top at the Pops.

Caroline began studying the violin when she was three years old, under the tutelage of Julia Kurtyka and continues her studies with renowned violin pedagogue Paul Kantor at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She also attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Juilliard School as a young artist for the Starling-Delay Symposium, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and The Ceilidh Trail School of Celtic Music on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

Through the generous efforts of The Stradivari Society of Chicago, Caroline became the recipient of an A&H Amati violin, which dates back to 1617 and was once owned by Beethoven’s former patrons, the Lobkowicz family. Caroline shares this honor with such artists as Joshua Bell, Midori, Gil Shaham, Sarah Chang and Vadim Repin.

About Young Concert Artists
A great cultural tradition since 1961, Young Concert Artists, Inc. was founded in New York as a non-profit organization to discover and launch the careers of extraordinary young musicians. Dedicated to the future of music, many of today’s internationally celebrated performers started their careers with Young Concert Artists, including Dawn Upshaw, Emanuel Ax, Richard Goode, Pinchas Zukerman, Ani Kavafian, Ida Kavafian, Anne-Marie McDermott, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Chee-Yun, the St. Lawrence String Quartet and the Borromeo String Quartet.

The Young Concert Artists International Auditions are unlike a competition: there are no rankings, and any number of winners in a wide range of instruments and voice can be selected. The criteria are musicianship, virtuosity, communicative power, individuality and readiness to begin a concert career.

The members of the Jury for the Final Auditions were Pamela Frank (violin), Gary Graffman (piano), Irene Gubrud (voice), Marya Martin (flute)*, Scott Nickrenz (viola), Christopheren Nomura (voice)*, Todd Palmer (clarinet)*, Fred Sherry (cello)*, James Sinclair (conductor), Jeffrey Swann (piano)*, Scott Yoo (violin/conductor)*, and Susan Wadsworth (Chairman). The Semi-Finals Jury included Edward Arron (cello), Michael Barrett (voice), Cho-Liang Lin (violin). (* Alumnus/a of Young Concert Artists)

For more information about the Young Concert Artists, please contact Susan Wadsworth at or visit

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