Catharine Carroll, violist, maintains an active career as recitalist, chamber musician, and teacher. Recently, Carroll was featured as soloist performing Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher with the Cincinnati Chamber Players. As a chamber musician and recitalist she has performed on three continents. Carroll has also collaborated in chamber music with such artists as Jaime Laredo, Sarah Chang, Nadja-Solerno Sonnenberg, as well as members of the Cleveland, American, LaSalle, and Amernet Quartets, and the Beaux Arts Trio. She recently re-established and is currently the coordinator of the Cincinnati Chamber Circle, the Worthington Chamber Players, the forthcoming Hindemith Cycle Series, and is founder and director of the CCM Viola Ensemble. Carroll has recorded on the Hyperion and Ivory Classics labels and has been featured in radio broadcasts on NHK, WFMT, WGUC and WOSU. She is principal violist of the Aspen Chamber Symphony and has been guest principal of the Aspen Festival, Cincinnati Chamber, and Cincinnati Ballet Orchestras. She has also performed extensively with the Cincinnati and Columbus Symphonies.
Carroll’s passions for teaching and the advancement of pedagogy lead to her collaboration with Masao Kawasaki and Dorothy DeLay that resulted in Essential Basics for Viola, a book on basic technique. Other publications include A Comprehensive Overview of Left Hand Technique for Violin and Viola. Carroll is collaborating with Masao Kawasaki and Albert Laszlo, in creating a mentoring program in orchestral studies for viola and bass at CCM.
After earning her Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees under the tutelage of Masao Kawasaki at CCM, Carroll was appointed to the faculty of both the University of Cincinnati in 1993 and the Aspen Music Festival in 1994. She is also a member of the faculties of the Starling String Project and the University of Cincinnati Preparatory Department. Additionally, she is frequently invited to give master classes and to serve as a juror for national competitions. In her spare time, Dr. Carroll enjoys working out and is a fitness model for The FIRM®. She resides in Worthington, Ohio, with her husband and four kitties.