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Sep 27th, 2011
The 10th Annual Leonard Bernstein Award

David Aaron Carpenter


“Carpenter gives a commandingly articulate display (of the Elgar Concerto), and the Philharmonia are on immaculately scrubbed form under Christoph Eschenbach's thoughtful lead. (In the Schnittke Concerto) Carpenter plays with superlative assurance and magnetic conviction (...). An impressive and bold debut.”

Gramophone, October 2009

Recipient of the 2010 Avery Fisher Career Grant, and First Prize Winner of the Walter E. Naumburg Viola Competition, David Aaron Carpenter has emerged as one of the world’s leading young artists. Since making his debut in 2005 with the Philadelphia Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach, David has performed with leading musicians and orchestras in the United States and Europe. In November 2009, he made his debut in Germany with the Dresden Staatskapelle performing the Schnittke Viola Concerto.

In September 2009, he released his first recording on the Ondine label of the Elgar Cello Concerto (arr. LionelTertis/Carpenter) and the Schnittke Viola Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Christoph Eschenbach. The disc received international acclaim and numerous awards such as the Editor’s Choice Award by Gramophone Magazine, the Diapason d’Or Award of Diapason.

As a chamber musician, David collaborates with renowned artists Emanuel Ax, Sarah Chang, Leonidas Kavakos, Gidon Kremer, Yo-Yo Ma, Julian Rachlin, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Yuja Wang and performs regularly at the Schleswig-Holstein and Verbier Music Festivals. He has performed in the United States at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Chicago's Krannert Center, San Francisco's Herbst Theatre, among others.

In 2004, David Aaron Carpenter was presented with the Presidential Gold Medal at a performance in Washington’s Kennedy Center subsequent to his winning the first ever Gold Award from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts (NFAA). In June 2007, David became the first American protégé for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative with mentor Pinchas Zukerman.

David was born in New York in 1986 into a family of musical siblings. He began his studies on the violin at age six and later on the viola at the age of 11 and pursued both instruments at the pre-college divisions of the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music in New York. David continued his studies with distinguished viola pedagogues Yuri Bashmet, Roberto Diaz, Nobuko Imai, and Pinchas Zukerman.

In addition to his musical accomplishments, David received his A.B. degree in Political Science and International Relations from Princeton University in 2008.

Previous winners.

2002 Lang Lang

2003 Elisabeth Batiashvili

2004 Erik Schumann

2005 Jonathan Biss

2006 Alisa Weilerstein

2007 Martin Grubinger

2008 Anna Vinnitskaya

2009 Leonard Elschenbroich

2010 Kit Armstrong

2011 David Aaron Carpenter

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