December 19, 2012
"The hottest violist of the 21st century" to make Carnegie Hall concerto debut

David Aaron Carpenter, the charismatic, in-demand New Yorker recently dubbed by commentator Norman Lebrecht as “the hottest violist of the 21st century” and by the New Yorker magazine as “stunningly talented”, will be the soloist in the National Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to Mstislav Rostropovich. The pair of high-profile concerts will take place at Carnegie Hall (May 11th, 2013) and at the NSO’s regular home at the Kennedy Center of Washington (May 3rd).

Carpenter will play Schnittke’s intensely moving viola concerto, under the NSO’s revered chief conductor Christoph Eschenbach. They have previously recorded the work (named “Editor’s Choice” by Gramophone), and have performed it with the Dresden Staatskapelle. In 2012 Carpenter caused a sensation playing the work in Brazil with the Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra.

The Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center dates are part of a high-profile series of dates for Carpenter. 2012 has seen the launch of the Salome Festival in East Hampton, hosted by the violist and his Salome Chamber Orchestra – and featuring guest performer Rufus Wainwright. David Aaron Carpenter and Salome also hosted a gala concert at Lincoln Center which saw Carpenter play alongside Eschenbach and Alan Gilbert and featured, as guest speaker, former US President Bill Clinton. Upcoming appearances include the Verbier Festival, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, a German tour with Soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and a tour of Southern France with the Orchestre National des Pays et de Loire (ONPL).

Of the New York and Washington dates, David Aaron Carpenter says, “It has always been my dream to play a great concerto at Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center. And going there to play with such a conductor as Maestro Eschenbach, with such a fine orchestra and with such a profound masterpiece as the Schnittke concerto is that dream come true. Rostropovich was a legendary musician for my generation, a great role-model, and I will do my utmost to make my performance of music by his great friend Alfred Schnittke a worthy tribute to Slava.”
To mark this announcement, David Aaron Carpenter has released to YouTube a scintillating video of the Salome Chamber Orchestra playing Piazzolla, from this summer’s Salome Festival, which can be found at

David Aaron Carpenter’s recording of the Schnittke Viola Concerto (together with his recording of the Elgar Cello Concerto, transcribed for viola) is on Ondine Classics. His performances of the work with the NSO will be on May 3rd at Kennedy Center, Washington at 8pm, and on May 11th at Carnegie Hall, New York at 7.30pm.

Notes for Editors

David Aaron Carpenter is widely considered one of the most talented and charismatic musicians of his generation. As a priority artist for Ondine Classics he has recorded three discs, under conductors Christoph Eschenbach and Vladimir Ashkenazy - his most recent, the world premiere recording of three recently rediscovered viola concertos by Joseph Martin Kraus. Appointed a Rolex Protégé, Carpenter is also the only violist ever to win the Leonard Bernstein Prize (in 2011), and has played with leading orchestras around the world, from the Philadelphia Orchestra to the Philharmonia. He regularly plays alongside front-rank soloists such as Leonidas Kavakos, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Yo-Yo Ma, and is a regular at the Verbier and Schleswig-Holstein music festivals. Carpenter is artistic director of the Salome Chamber Orchestra.

David Aaron Carpenter is represented by Inverne Price for general management and for public relations. For enquiries and bookings please contact James Inverne ( in the UK, or Patricia Price in the US ( ).

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