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Carolyn Stuart

University of South Florida

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 is heard regularly as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician in prominent North American and European centers. Such recent performances were held at Carnegie, Merkin, and Steinway Halls in NYC, Salle Gaveau in Paris, the National Palace of Culture in Sofia, The Bethaniënklooster in Amsterdam, Mansfield 22 in London, American University in Athens, Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, Royal Irish Academy of Music, Teatro del Sale in Florence, Incontro sulla Tastiera in Vicenza, Universities of Toronto in Canada, and the Zurich Conservatory. Festival appearances have included Green Mountain, Chautauqua, Interlochen, Garth Newel, Hot Springs, Pine Mountain, Killington, Fox River, and in the Netherlands (Peter de Gröte), Bulgaria (Salon des Arts and Sofia Music Weeks), and France (Association Philomuses, Paris).


Committed to the music of our time, Carolyn Stuart avidly collaborates with current composers. She performed as soloist with the Sofia Philharmonic, premiering Victor Chouchkov’s Trio Concerto, which she also recorded with the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra. 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.  As a member of the celebrated new music ensemble Quorum she recorded the chamber music of Evan K. Chambers on Albany, and for the past sixteen years she has toured as a member of the Stuart-Ivanov Duo. Their critically acclaimed Gega New CD release is dedicated to the rarely performed music of Nikolai Roslavets. Among her newest ventures is the formation of QThree, a violin-clarinet-piano trio devoted to new works for their instrumentation. Her most recent CD release on Bridge, 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.


Carolyn Stuart currently serves as the violin professor at University of South Florida. Her principal teachers have included Kevin Lawrence, Paul Kantor, and Mitchell Stern, and she holds degrees from The Juilliard School, University of Michigan, and from Stony Brook University, SUNY. Her recordings may be heard on Bridge, Gega New, Albany, Capstone, and Blue Griffin.