"If there's such a thing as an overnight-star violist, it's David Aaron Carpenter ... Carpenter is in a league with the best." - The Philadelphia Inquirer
Recipient of the 2011 Leonard Bernstein Award, First Prize Winner of the Walter E. Naumburg Viola Competition and the 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant, David Aaron Carpenter is widely considered one of the most talented and charismatic musicians of his generation. Recently called “the hottest violist of the 21st century” by the influential music critic Norman Lebrecht and “stunningly talented” by The New Yorker, David is also a former Rolex “Protégé” for which he was mentored by Pinchas Zukerman. David made his solo debut at the Kennedy Center in 2002 after winning the Presidential Scholar Award and the first-ever Gold Medal Award at the National Foundation For Advancement In The Arts. Since then he has performed with leading musicians and orchestras around the world, from the Philadelphia Orchestra to the Philharmonia, the Dresden Staatskapelle to the Lucerne Symphony. In May 2013 he played the Schnittke Viola Concerto at Carnegie Hall, under Christoph Eschenbach, as featured soloist in the National Symphony Orchestra’s tribute to Rostropovich.
His first recording, released in 2009 and featuring his own viola arrangement of the Elgar Cello Concerto (after Lionel Tertis) and the Schnittke concerto with Eschenbach was an international success, winning the coveted ‘Editor’s Choice’ accolade from Gramophone. His next disc featured Berlioz’s Harold in Italy and Paganini’s Sonata per la Grand Viola with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. His third album, a world premiere recording of the recently rediscovered Viola Concertos of “the Swedish Mozart” Joseph Martin Kraus, was released in 2012. All of these were released by Ondine, as was his most recent, Dreamtime, with members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, a recording which prompted The Strad to write admiringly of his “addictively beautiful sound”.
As a chamber musician, David has collaborated with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Sarah Chang, Leonidas Kavakos, Gidon Kremer, Alan Gilbert, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jan Vogler, and Yuja Wang. He is a regular guest artist at the Verbier Music Festival, and in 2013 was proud to be an integral part of their 20th anniversary season. He also recently joined Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
David plays on a viola made by Michele Deconet, Venice (1766) known as the “Ex-Hamma, King David.” He is currently the Artistic Director of the New York-based Salomé Chamber Orchestra, which he co-founded with his brother Sean and sister Lauren. The Orchestra inaugurated the annual Salomé Music Festival at The Hamptons in August 2012, where David played in the opening concert alongside singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. Salome was recently orchestra-in-residence at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. In addition to his musical accomplishments (David studied for five years with the revered viola teacher Roberto Diaz), David received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations from Princeton University in 2008.
David was featured on the cover of The Strad magazine in August 2013 and, a few months earlier, was the subject of a three-page article in the New York Times. Pinchas Zukerman recently said of him admiringly, “"There's some people who have a complete affinity with the instrument. It's like Pele with a football. It's like Federer with a tennis racket...There are degrees of talent but when you have a David Aaron Carpenter, that's unique. How far can he go? Way up there. And I hope I'll be able to meet him [there], that's all!"
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