Congratulations to Jacobs School of Music viola student Caroline Gilbert who has won the “Schwanendreher” competition and will perform with the Chamber Orchestra on Wednesday April 4 at 8pm in the Musical Arts Center.
Conducted by Professor Arthur Fagen, the concert will include the Hindemith Der Schwanendreher with Gilbert as soloist. Other works on the program are Postcards from the Canyon by Jacobs School Professor Jeffrey Hass and the Mendelssohn “Italian” Symphony No. 4 in A Major.
“It means so much to me to be selected to perform the Hindemith Der Schwanendreher with orchestra,” said Gilbert. “This will be my first time as soloist with an orchestra and I couldn’t be more excited. The orchestra part is really densely written in places, so I’m excited to hear all the different colors the orchestra has to offer.”
Gilbert is a student of Professor Atar Arad. The alternate winner was Laurent Grillet, who studies with Professor Alan DeVeritch.
Caroline Gilbert, born in Bloomington, started playing the violin at the age of five in the pre-college violin program at Indiana University. When she was 16, she toured Spain and Sweden with the Violin Virtuosi. She switched to the viola upon entering college and is currently finishing her BM in viola performance with Atar Arad at Indiana University. In the summer of 2010, she attended Keshet Elion summer mastercourse in Israel and her performance was broadcast on the radio in New York. She went on to play with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, worked with Michael Tilson Thomas as a member of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra in Sydney, Australia, and toured Turkey, Spain, and Germany with the Schleswig-Holstien Festival Orchestra. Recently, she performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of the “Conservatory Project”.