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Caroline Goulding began playing violin at 3 years old; at 13, she won first prize at the Aspen Music Festival’s Concerto Competition. And last year, at 16, her debut CD was nominated for a classical Grammy for best solo instrumental.
She was asked to step in with the Dallas Symphony after the originally scheduled soloist, flutist James Galway, fell and injured his arm. In person, Goulding’s tiny size and teenage energy seems so different from her playing, which can be surprisingly large and velvety, but full of the expected spirit and speed. She talks with Jerome Weeks about career choices, CD choices and her choice of violins.
- Scott Cantrell’s review in The Dallas Morning News
- Gregory Sullivan Isaacs’ review for Theater Jones
- Wayne Lee Gay’s review for Front Row
- A brief example of Cape Breton fiddling (from her Telarc CD, Caroline Goulding):