Carolyn Blackwell – Viola

8761-001Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Carolyn Blackwell has shared the stage with Geoff Nuttall, Anssi Karttnen, Martin Beaver, Alicia Weilerstein, Renaud Capuçon and Mayumi Seiler.  She has performed with the Art of Time Ensemble, Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra and the Artists of The Royal Conservatory (ARC) and is featured on the group’s recording “Two Roads to Exile” from the RCA Sony Red Label. Carolyn performs regularly with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and as Acting Assistant Principal Viola of the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company where she was the youngest instrumentalist invited by Richard Bradshaw to participate in the inaugural Wagner Ring Cycle at the Four Season’s Centre. Carolyn completed her studies under the tutelage of Steven Dann and Nick Pulos.

A great lover of chamber music, Ms. Blackwell has performed as acting violist of The Aviv Quartet, collaborated with the Vienna Piano Trio and was recently appointed violist of the Tokai String Quartet.  She continues to join colleagues on an annual basis in England and Italy to perform and study chamber music.

Carolyn has been a principal of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in Verbier, Switzerland and participates in the IMS Prussia Cove Seminars in Cornwall, England.  Ms. Blackwell made her American debut at the 2011 Spoleto Festival and her Wigmore Hall debut in October of 2012 to much critical acclaim.  She can be heard on CBC and BBC Radio.

Recent projects have included a CD release with the Art of Time Ensemble and performances for the Ottawa Chamber Music Society.  Upcoming projects include “Cadmium Red” with the Art of Time Ensemble, “Music at Port Milford” with the Tokai String Quartet and a European tour with the ARC Ensemble.

Ms. Blackwell has many interests outside the music world and enjoys an information services career in the investment sector alongside her performance career.

Carolyn resides in Toronto with her husband David.