Violin prodigy a special guest of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra

Caroline Goulding  -
Caroline Goulding
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Caroline Goulding has been very good for as long as anyone can remember.

The Michigan native started plying violin at age three and had a Grammy nomination by the time she was 17.

You can see why at the Cowichan Theatre Saturday when this prodigy is the special guest of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra for a Duncan performance of Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy.

She comes with an exquisitely light touch on her instrument, despite the burden of a resume that might be weighty for someone three or four times her age.

According to concert promo material, Goulding had played with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Pops, Detroit Symphony, and Buffalo Philharmonic, made television appearances on The Today Show and Martha Stewart’s Martha, all while still a teen.

“Critics typically note the amazing maturity of her interpretations and the all-encompassing character of her virtuoso technique,” a media release states.

“Goulding has managed to develop a reasonably broad repertory, too, playing concertos by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms (Double Concerto), Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and Korngold, as well as other concert and recital fare by Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Sarasate, Vieuxtemps, Bruch, Kreisler, Gershwin, Corigliano, and many others.”

Now in her early twenties, Goulding has studied the Cleveland Institute of Music, the Aspen Festival and School, Juilliard School via the Starling-Delay Symposium, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the New England Conservatory of Music.

She has been a regular at the Aspen Music Festival and School since she was 10, and, at age 13, and won first prize.

Also on the program for conductor Tania Miller and the VSO Saturday will be Copland’s Orchestral Variations, Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 (Reformation) and the world premiere of Osterle’s New World: The Golden Door.


Your ticket

What: Victoria Symphony Orchestra

When 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18

Where: Cowichan Theatre .

Tickets: $40, $25 for students, children $5

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