TRAVERSE CITY — Grammy-nominated violin soloist Caroline Goulding, hailed by critics as a “precociously gifted virtuoso,” will play two of Ludwig van Beethoven’s greatest works this May 11 and 12 with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra.
Shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at First Congregational Church in Traverse City.
Goulding, 20, will play the Violin Concerto in D major, Beethoven’s only violin concerto. She and the orchestra also will perform the well-known Symphony No. 7. A past recipient of the Stradivari Society, Goulding currently plays the General Kyd Stradivarius, built in 1720.
The D major Violin Concerto is Beethoven’s only violin concerto. Finished in 1806, it is considered one of the most important works of the violin concerto repertoire. Symphony No. 7, completed in 1812, is one of Beethoven’s nine symphonies.
Goulding began studying the violin at the age of 31/2 with Julia Kurtyka and currently studies with Donald Weilerstein at the New England Conservatory. She has performed with noteworthy symphonies across the United States and internationally, including the Cleveland Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Toronto Symphony and the London Chamber Orchestra, Cleveland Pops and Cincinnati Pops.
She has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center, among others. She also is an Interlochen Summer Camp alumna and has previously performed with the Traverse Symphony.
Lauded for her “impressive technical polish and musical maturity” by Gramophone magazine, Caroline was awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2011. In 2009, she won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was the recipient of the Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship. That same year, she received a Grammy nomination for her debut recording on the Telarc label.
Highlights of the 2012-2013 season include debuts in Germany, Japan and China, as well as with the Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, California Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Camerata Chicago and the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra. For tickets, call 231-947-7120 or visit www.traversesymphony.org.
First Congregational Church is located at 6105 Center Road.
For tickets, call 231-947-7120 or visit www.traversesymphony.org. Single tickets range from $20 to $55 and students receive a 50 percent discount.