Caroline Goulding

Last night, at Lincoln Center’s Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, violinist Caroline Goulding was among three young artists awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. The other recipients were pianists Benjamin Hochman and Chu-Fang Huang.  The Avery Fisher prize is the latest in a series of career milestones for the 18-year-old Goulding who has in recent years also been first prize winner in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the recipient of a GRAMMY nomination for her self-titled debut recording on the Telarc label released in 2009.

The Avery Fisher Artist Program, established by the late Avery Fisher as part of a major gift to Lincoln Center in 1974, exemplifies his devotion to helping young artists. Since the first Career Grants were given in 1976, 121 have been awarded (including this year’s grants), and all recipients are currently working musicians. Former Career Grant recipients include Sarah Chang, Jeremy Denk, The Miró Quartet, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Gil Shaham, Inon Barnatan, Yuja Wang and Joyce Yang. The Avery Fisher Career Grants are designed to give professional assistance and recognition to talented instrumentalists, as well as chamber ensembles, who the Recommendation Board and Executive Committee of the Avery Fisher Artist Program believe to have great potential for major careers. Each recipient receives an award stipend of $25,000, to be used for specific needs in furthering a career.

This year’s announcement and performances by the three recipients were taped for broadcast by Classical 105.9 FM ~ WQXR, with host Robert Sherman, to be aired on Wednesday, March 30, from 9 - 10 pm. WNET SundayArts will also be featuring the 2011 recipients. The performances will also be available online at

Still in her teens, violinist Caroline Goulding has already performed as a soloist with The Cleveland Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Cincinnati Pops, Cleveland Pops and the Aspen Concert Orchestra.

Caroline Goulding has been lauded for her "impressive technical polish and musical maturity" (Gramophone) and has won awards including the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and the Aspen Music Festival's Concerto Competition.

She received a Grammy nomination for her 2009 debut CD on Telarc and she has appeared on NBC's "Today," National Public Radio's "From the Top," PBS's "From the Top: Live from Carnegie Hall," Sirius Satellite Radio, WNYC New York, CosmoGirl Online and the "Martha Show," hosted by Martha Stewart.

This season, Ms. Goulding has been presented by Young Concert Artists in recital debuts in New York, Washington, D.C. and Boston. She is also appearing with the Sarasota Orchestra and the Charlotte Symphony, in recital at the El Paso Pro Musica Festival, and has return engagements with both the Toronto Symphony and The Cleveland Orchestra.

Caroline began studying the violin at the age of three-and-a-half under the tutelage of Julia Kurtyka and continued her studies with Paul Kantor at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She currently studies with renowned violinist Joel Smirnoff at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has attended the Aspen Music Festival and School, the Starling-Delay Symposium hosted at The Juilliard School, the Interlochen Center for the Arts and The Ceilidh Trail School of Celtic Music on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.

A past recipient of the Stradivari Society, Caroline currently plays the General Kyd Stradivarius (c. 1720), courtesy of Jonathan Moulds.