Caroline Goulding violin
Danae Dörken piano
Violin Sonatina in D major, Op. 137 D. 384
Violin Sonata No. 2 in D minor, Op. 121 "Grosse Sonate"
Romantic pieces for violin and piano, Op. 75
Impressions d’enfance, Suite for violin and piano, Op. 28
For nearly a decade, the virtuoso violinist Caroline Goulding has performed with the world’s premier orchestras, in recital and on record and has blossomed from “precociously gifted” (Gramophone) 13-year-old soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra to “a skilled violinist well on her way to an important career” (Washington Post).
Caroline’s 2016-2017 season launches with the summer 2016 release of her first new recording since the GRAMMY-nominated and chart-topping debut released on Telarc in 2009, when the violinist was just 16. Caroline’s recital album with pianist Danae Dörken on the ARS label includes works by Schumann, Enescu, and Dvořák. Caroline and Danae celebrate the release of the new album with a June 2016 nomination for the prestigious Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik in the category of “Chamber Music,” and a CD release recital in New York’s Steinway Hall in September 2016. Orchestral engagements this season include Indianapolis Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Boise Philharmonic and Stamford Symphony in the US. In Europe, Caroline will perform in many big cities incluing Lugano in recital with Danae Dörken.
Since that 2006 Cleveland Orchestra debut, Caroline has gone on to appear as soloist with the Symphony Orchestras of Toronto, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Nashville, Milwaukee, Pasadena, Alabama, the National Symphony, Florida Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in North America. She has also appeared extensively in Europe and Asia with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Netherlands Philharmonic, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. She has appeared in recital at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Beijing’s Forbidden City Concert Hall, the Tonhalle-Zurich, the Louvre Museum, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; and has performed as a chamber musician as part of the Marlboro Music Festival.
Widely recognized by the classical music world’s most distinguished artists and institutions for her “vibrant and intensely musical” playing (Cleveland Plain Dealer), Caroline was a recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2011 and in 2009, she won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and was the recipient of the Helen Armstrong Violin Fellowship.
Caroline has studied with Christian Tetzlaff, Donald Weilerstein, Paul Kantor, Joel Smirnoff and Julia Kurtyka.
Described as “a poet on the piano” by German newspaper Die Welt, the rising-star pianist Danae Dörken has become one of the most sought-after soloists of her generation. She regularly impresses audiences at major festivals and concert halls worldwide with her breathtaking technique, profound musicality, and colour-rich sound.
Highlights of the 2015/16 season include debut performances with the Münchner Symphoniker, Dortmund Philharmonic, Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, as well as at the Gstaad Menuhin Festival. In addition to being a dedicated chamber musician, Danae Dörken is looking forward to upcoming collaborations with cellists Danjulo Ishizaka and Benedikt Klöckner, violinist Caroline Goulding and her sister Kiveli Dörken, also a pianist. Last season saw Danae Dörken on a US tour as a soloist with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, performing with the Bielefeld Symphony Orchestra, giving her debut at the KKL Lucerne.
Despite being only 24-years-old, Danae Dörken has already played in major concert halls such as the Cologne Philharmonie, Essen Philharmonie, Gasteig Munich, Konzerthaus Berlin, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, and Beethoven Haus Bonn. She is a regular guest at festivals such as the Kissinger Sommer, the Schwetzingen Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and the Chamber Music Festival “Spannungen” in Heimbach. Furthermore she has recorded live broadcasts for WDR3, SWR2, and NDR Kultur radios, and has appeared on television channels Arte, 3sat, and BR. Dörken has also performed with artists such as Lars Vogt, Gustav Rivinius, Sharon Kam, Artur Pizarro, Christiane Oelze, Carolin Widmann, and Katia and Marielle Labèque.
Born in Wuppertal in August 1991, Danae Dörken grew up in a German-Greek family. She received her first piano lessons at the age of five with Marina Kheifets and won her first competition just six months later. She has since received numerous awards in national and international competitions. Due to her outstanding performance as the youngest participant in the “International Competition for Young Musicians” in Enschede, Netherlands, the “Prix Unique” prize was specifically created for Danae Dörken and is now being awarded annually ever since.