At sixteen, violinist Caroline Goulding has already graced the stages of prestigious orchestras 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 Louisville Youth Orchestra, to name a few.
Of her performance, at age 13, after winning the coveted first prize of the Aspen Music Festival’s Concerto Competition, Alan Fletcher, President and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School praised, “Here was freshness, confidence, radiant technique and perfect optimism wrapped in sparkling beauty,”
Caroline has adorned the small screen and public airwaves as well as the concert stage. She has appeared on NBC’s “Today,” National Public Radio’s “From the Top” and on the “Martha Show”, hosted by Martha Stewart. Recently, Caroline was invited to perform for the new PBS TV Series “From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall,” which aired in 2007.
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. Caroline has collaborated with artists such as Christopher O’Riley, Anton Nel, Umberto Clerici, and Béla Fleck.
Caroline Goulding was born and raised in the small boating town of Port Huron in eastern Michigan, the child of two special education teachers. A military family, Caroline has two older brothers who have carried on the family tradition by serving in US Air Force. She 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 has also attended several music schools including 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.
In 2008, Caroline signed a record deal with Telarc International, a division of the Concord Music Group. For her August 25th 2009 debut release, Caroline Goulding joins forces with pianist and From the Top impresario Christopher O’Riley. This recital program sees Caroline perform several works by American composers, composers writing in this country or pieces inspired by uniquely American idioms. After studing at the Ceilidh Trail School of Celtic Music on Cape Breton Island, Caroline incorporates the distinctive Gaelic styles of fiddling and step dancing into this recital, joined by pianist Janine Randall.