"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.
In September, David released his first recording on the Ondine label of the Elgar Cello Concerto (arr. Lionel Tertis/Carpenter) and the Schnittke Viola Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra under Maestro Christoph Eschenbach. The disc received international acclaim and received numerous awards such as the Editor's Choice Award by Gramophone Magazine and Disc of the Month by The New Yorker. As a chamber musician, David has collaborated with renowned artists Emanuel Ax, Sarah Chang, Sol Gabetta, Leonidas Kavakos, Julian Rachlin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Yuja Wang and performs regularly at the Schleswig-Holstein and Verbier Music Festivals.