Caroline Goulding, Felix Mendelssohn Plus the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Equal Awesome!

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Seventeen year old violin sensation Caroline Goulding will be the featured soloist playing the 3rd movement of Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concert in E Minor, op 64 on November 7th & 8th with John Morris Russell and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. At age 13, in a first prize wining Aspen Music Festival performance, Alan Fletcher, CEO and president, characterized Ms. Goulding as the epitomy of “freshness, confidence, radiant technique and perfect optimism wrapped in sparkling beauty.” Toronto Symphony Orchestra programme also includes selections from Carnival of the Animals, The Marriage of Figaro, The Firebird, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.

Caroline Goulding

From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall

Violin Protégée Caroline Goulding will gather with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to play the Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concert in E Minor (3rd Movement) in what promises to be another in a string of awesome performances by this young new artist. Under the direction of John Morris Russell, the TSO welcomes Ms. Goulding for two performances, Saturday Nov 7th and 7:30 pm and Sunday, Nov 8th at 3:00 pm.

NBC’s “Today,” National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” Sirius Satellite Radio, WNYC New York, CosmoGirl online and on the “Martha Show”, hosted by Martha Stewart are a few of Caroline’s appearances. Others include 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 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, “Tops at the Pops.”

In 2009, Ms. Goulding released her first CD in cooperation with Telarc Records. The first CD with this record label and making Billboard Classical Top 15, the recording has received rave reviews from venerable names in the classical music industry. Violinist Jaime Laredo exalted, “This is an amazing CD! Donald Rosenberg of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reveled, “The vibrant and intensely musical Cleveland violinist Caroline Goulding… makes her compact-disc debut with a marvelous recital of virtuoso morsels. Her playing blends refinement with technical flair, lifting every phrase to exhilarating heights…”

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 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.

During the 2009-10 season, Caroline returns to the Lexington Bach Festival, the International Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Philharmonic while making debuts with the Toronto Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Asheville Symphony and the Extremadura Symphony of Spain. Caroline is in her first year of college as a Starling scholarship recipient at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Caroline is one to give back to the community and will appear with the Saint Ann Chamber Orchestra on December 12, 2009 at their benefit. Ms. Goulding will be a guest violin at the event being coordinated by filmmakers Bill and Tiffany Laufer of Laufer Film.

The Stradivari Society of Chicago has honored Caroline with the use of an A&H Amati violin (made in 1617) which once was owned by Beethoven’s former patrons, the Lobkowicz family. Other recipients are artists Joshua Bell, Midori, Gil Shaham, Sarah Chang and Vadim Repin.

Contact: S. Goulding, 216-906-2708


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