Carol Cole, violin
Violinist Carol Cole has appeared at major music centers in twenty-two countries and over twenty-five US States as soloist, chamber musician and orchestra leader, with critical praise for her musical artistry. “She knows how to capture the hearts of her listeners”; Il Messaggero, Italy. She has performed in many prestigious music festivals including the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, Italy; Jeunesses Musicales, Belgrade; Grand Teton, Wyoming; Festival Miami; Philadelphia’s Mozart on the Square; and the String Seminar at Carnegie Hall. For twelve summers she was an artist faculty member at the Indiana University’s Music Festival and String Academy. Carol has collaborated with the most distinguished artists of our time, including: Leon Fleisher, Rudolf and Peter Serkin, Andre Watts, Yehudi Menuhin, Pinchas Zukerman, Isaac Stern, Henryk Szeryng, Elmar Oliveira, Mstislav Rostropovich, Luciano Pavarotti, Maria Callas ,Cecilia Bartoli, Pierre Rampal, Maurice Andre, Myron Bloom, Ricardo Morales, Claudio Abbado, Pablo Casals, Ricardo Muti, Pierre Boulez, Sir Neville Marriner, Daniel Barenboim and Leonard Bernstein. Carol was a member of the Vancouver Symphony, Orchestra La Scala of Milano, RAI Orchestra of Torino, Philadelphia Opera and Ballet orchestras, Philly Pops orchestra, leader and solo violinist of I Solisti Aquilani, and the associate concertmaster of the Florida Philharmonic and Florida Grand Opera. She has recorded for Bongiovanni, Harmonia Mundi, and Eurartists. At the Curtis Institute of Music she studied with Arnold Steinhardt and chamber music with members of the Guarneri, Budapest and Curtis string quartets. As winner of the San Francisco Symphony Young Artist competition, Carol made her debut with the San Francisco Symphony at age 13. She won top prizes in many violin competitions including: the Stresa International competition and the Performers of Connecticut Chamber Music competition at Yale University. She is laureate of the Romanini and Lipizer International Violin Competitions and the Kennedy Center Competition for Contemporary Music. Recent appearances include performances in Philadelphia with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, a duo recital with David Cole along with master classes given at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, and performances of the Beethoven Triple Concerto and the Brahms Double Concerto with the Lynn Philharmonia Orchestra. Carol is currently Professor of violin and chamber music at Lynn University’s Conservatory of Music. Her students have won dozens of awards and professional positions. She is the recipient of the 2014 Gitner Excellence in Teaching Award and was named “2012 Studio Teacher of the Year” by the Florida Chapter of the American String Teachers Association.