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Carolyn Stuart

Violin playing described as “tonally resplendent and affectingly assured both stylistically and technically” (Fanfare Magazine) and a performer of "astonishing effectiveness, radiant inspiration, deep sensitivity, and colossal temperament" (Musical Horizons - Sofia), violinist Carolyn Stuart performs internationally as soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. She has appeared at Carnegie, Merkin, and Steinway Halls in NYC, REDCAT in L.A., Katzen Arts Center in D.C., Salle Gaveau in Paris, the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, The Bethaniënklooster in Amsterdam, Royal College of Music in London, Pushkin House and Mansfield 22 in London, Salon Christophori in Berlin, American University in Athens, University of Toronto, Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Association Philomuses of Paris, Teatro del Sale in Florence, Incontro Sulla Tastiera in Vicenza and the Zurich and Vincenza Conservatories. Festival appearances have included Green Mountain, Chautauqua, Interlochen, Garth Newel, Hot Springs, Pine Mountain, Killington, and internationally in the Netherlands – Peter de Gröte, Bulgaria – Salon des Arts, International Music Festival and Sofia Music Weeks, and Italy – Terre d’Arezzo Toscana, Classicariano Avellino, Autunno Musicale Caserta.

For two decades Carolyn Stuart has toured as a member of the Stuart-Ivanov Duo with pianist Svetozar Ivanov, often presenting recitals with unusual concert formats combining music with other art forms (documentary footage, art films, animation, poetry, short stories, paintings). Their critically acclaimed Gega New CD, Nikolai Roslavets: Short Works for Violin and Piano, dedicated to the rarely performed music of this repressed Soviet composer has resulted in one of their recital projects, “The Armoire” now being produced for DVD release. As one of the four internationally acclaimed members of MoVE, she is avidly commissioning and recording works for this surprisingly neglected instrumentation. Along with members of her clarinet trio, Qthree, she has recorded the premiere of Kati Agocs’ Song Cycle Imagination of Their Hearts on the CD, Ice Age and Beyond: Works by Canadian Women Composers and anticipates the 2018 collaboration between Qthree and Haven Trio, to premiere Evan K. Chambers’ quartet transcription of his epic orchestral work, The Old Burying Ground, for voice-violin-clarinet-piano. Her Bridge CD, American Flute Quintets, named “Critics Choice” by American Record Guide, features the world-premiere recording of Joan Tower’s Rising with preeminent flutist Carol Wincenc and the Green Mountain Chamber Music Players. As soloist with the Sofia Philharmonic, she has premiered Victor Chouchkov’s Trio Concerto, subsequently recording the work with the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra. As an avid collaborator with composers, she has performed as resident artist of the Robert Helps Festival and guest artist for The Cleveland Composers' Guild, the American New Arts Music Festival and the International Alliance of Women in Music.

Carolyn Stuart is Director of Strings and Chamber Music at the Brancaleoni International Music Festival in Italy, Artist-Faculty at Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and Violin Professor at University of South Florida. Following pre-college studies with Kevin Lawrence, she received degrees from The Juilliard School studying with Margaret Pardee, University of Michigan with Paul Kantor and Stony Brook University with Mitchell Stern. Stuart’s recordings may be heard regularly on BBC and WQXR Playlists, and on Bridge, Gega New, Albany, Capstone, Glorious Pantheons, Ravello and Blue Griffin labels.

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