David Aaron Carpenter
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 dubbed “the hottest violist of the 21st century” by the influential music critic Norman Lebrecht, David made his debut in 2005 with The Philadelphia Orchestra. Since then, he has performed with leading musicians and orchestras in the United States and Europe. These include The Philharmonia Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, Helsinki Philharmonic, NDR Symphony Orchestra, and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. David made his Kennedy Center debut in 2013 with the National Symphony Orchestra and his Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium debut with the NSO and Conductor Christoph Eschenbach.
His first recording released in 2009 featured the Elgar Cello Concerto (arranged for the viola by Lionel Tertis/David Aaron Carpenter), and the Schnittke Viola Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach. The disc received much international acclaim, including ‘Editor’s Choice’ Disc by Gramophone. For his second CD, David performed the Berlioz Harold in Italy and Paganini’s Sonata per la Grand Viola with Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. His most recent recording featured the Brahms Clarinet Quintet (arranged for Viola and string quartet) with members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
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, Julian Rachlin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Jan Vogler, and Yuja Wang. He is a regular guest artist at the Verbier Music Festival, and has performed numerous times as soloist at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany.
David plays on a viola made by Michele Deconet, Venice (1766) known as the “Ex-Hamma, King David.” Most recently, he was asked to perform around the world on the most expensive instrument in history, the "MacDonald" Stradivari viola of 1719. In addition to his musical accomplishments, David received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and International Relations from Princeton University in 2008. David is a former music protégé of the Rolex Arts Initiative. He is currently the Artistic Director of the Salomé Chamber Orchestra, which he co-founded with his brother Sean and sister Lauren. The Orchestra inaugurated its first season of Salomé Music Festival at The Hamptons in August 2012 to much acclaim. For more information, please visit: www.davidaaroncarpenter.com.
Sean Avram Carpenter
A graduate of Princeton University in 2003 and University of Cambridge in 2004 in political theory, Sean Avram Carpenter has since performed in numerous music competitions. He was a finalist in the Michael Hill Violin Competition in New Zealand (2005), and participant in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels (2005). Sean was principal violinist and co-concertmaster of several Juilliard and New York Youth Symphony Orchestra concerts, and co-concertmaster of the Princeton University Orchestra. In 2007, Sean worked for the Drawbridge Special Opportunities Fund, a credit-oriented fund within Fortress Investment Group in New York. In addition to his role as the Co-Founder and President of the Salome Chamber Orchestra, Sean currently is the CEO of Carpenter Fine Violins, the world's leading company in dealing with fine musical stringed instruments.
Lauren Sarah Carpenter
2002 Presidential Scholar Lauren Sarah Carpenter attended the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division and was the violin student of Christina Khimm and conducting student of Jonathan Strasser. She was the top prizewinner at the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts competition in Miami, Florida. A winner of the 2004 and 2005 Princeton University Concerto Competitions, Lauren performed the Shostakovich Concerto No.1 and the Brahms Violin Concerto with the Princeton University Orchestra, the same orchestra for which she served as Concertmistress. In 2006, she graduated from Princeton University Magna Cum Laude with an A.B. in Politics and minors in Germanic Language, Political Economics, Finance, and Music Performance. She has performed in masterclasses with Arnold Steinhardt, Boris Belkin, Yuri Bashmet, Nobuko Imai, and Aaron Rosand. Lauren is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Carpenter Fine Violins, the leading company in fine musical instruments, having worked at Google for over 5 years. In 2009, she co-founded the Salome Chamber Orchestra in New York City and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Steinway Hall, and the MET Museum of Art. An avid chamber musician, Lauren has performed with Christoph Eschenbach, Sharon Isbin and David Aaron Carpenter both abroad and in the United States.