Visiting Professor of Cello
As a concerto soloist, Colin Carr has played with major orchestras worldwide including the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Philharmonia, Royal Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, and the orchestras of Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, Philadelphia and Montreal, with Rattle, Gergiev, Dutoit, Elder, Skrowasczewski and Marriner. He has been a regular guest at the BBC Proms, has twice toured Australia and has recently played concertos in South Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia and New Zealand.
Highlights of the last few years include return visits to the Philharmonia in London, and a debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Mark Elder, which led to immediate engagements with Elder and the Halle Orchestra playing Dvorak, Elgar and Walton Concertos. Other memorable performances of Mr Carr’s have been the Dvorak Concerto to close the Prague Autumn Festival, and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with Sir Colin Davis conducting at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Recitals take Colin to major cities each season with regular performances in London, New York and Boston. In the 06/07 season he will be playing the six Bach Suites at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York, the Gardner Museum in Boston and many European cities. As a member of the Golub-Kaplan-Carr Trio, he recorded and toured extensively for twenty years before forming Sequenza with Mark Kaplan and Yael Weiss. He is a frequent visitor to international chamber music festivals worldwide and has appeared often as a guest with the Guarneri and Emerson string quartets.
Colin's recordings of the unaccompanied cello works of Kodaly, Britten, Crumb, Schuller, and his Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello performed live at Boston's Jordan Hall (GM Recordings) have been highly acclaimed. The Brahms Sonatas (Arabesque) with Mr. Luvisi is also a favourite. He was also the soloist in Elgar's Cello Concerto with the BBC Philharmonic on a BBC Music Magazine cover CD.
Colin is the winner of many prestigious international awards, including First Prize in the Naumburg Competition, the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Award and Second Prize in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. He first played the cello at the age of five; three years later he went to the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he studied with Maurice Gendron and later William Pleeth.
He was made a professor at the Royal Academy of Music in 1998 having been on the faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston for 16 years; in 1998 St. John's College, Oxford created the post of "Musician in Residence" for him and in September 2002 he became a professor at Stony Brook University in New York. Colin plays on the 1726 “Marquis de Corberon” Stradivarius, loaned to him by the Royal Academy of Music.