Sunday, September 27, 2009

Suzuki specialist Lucas Carter

The Dallas Festival of Modern Music is much more than a simple collection of concerts by some of North Texas' finest musicians and ensembles. In addition to our many performances, the festival is pleased to offer a number of varied education programs that will reach hundreds of public school students all across Dallas. Today, we spotlight Lucas Carter, a Lubbock violinist who will be presenting string masterclasses to students throughout Rockwall and Dallas ISD.

Lucas Carter began playing the violin at the age of 15, and his first public performance was only six weeks later. At 17, he was accepted as a scholarship student to the Texas Tech School of Music. His teachers have been Sharon Mirll, Dr. Stephanie Ezerman, Dr. John Gilbert and Dr. Kirsten Yon. Mr. Carter also credits as major influences upon his career violinists Brian Lewis, Janet Sung, Simon Fischer (UK) and Jasper Wood (Canada).

Mr. Carter has been involved with STELR since the fall of 2002 and received his Suzuki training at the Santa Fe Suzuki Institute and Dr. Susan Baer. He has also attended the Hot Springs Music Festival, Pierre Monteux Festival, The Simon Fischer Residency at OU and The Starling-Delay Symposium at The Juilliard School.

Mr. Carter is the Founder and Executive Director of the West Texas String Association and performs regularly with several regional and community orchestras. In the summers he returns to HSMF as a Violin Associate. In the summer of 2009 Mr. Carter will be joining the faculty of Hummingbird Music Camp in Jemez Spring, New Mexico. Currently he has a studio ranging through all ages and levels in Lubbock, TX. He regularly performs the duties of a guest artist, clinician, orchestral contractor, adjudicator, orchestral musician, chamber musician and soloist.

Since 2002 Mr. Carter has served as an adjunct to the Lubbock Independent School District in several capacities. In the 2007-2008 academic year he was the interim violin instructor at Iles Fine Arts Magnet. An active performer of music of all genres, Mr. Carter has studied Medieval performance practice under Angela Mariani, the host of NPR's Harmonia. He can be heard in orchestral recording on the NAXOS and Albany recording labels. His work in the pop-culture industry includes concerts with Amy Grant and The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Major performance venues have included Bass Performance Hall, Westminster Abby, Christ Church Cathedral and St Mary's Chapel at Oxford University.

Mr. Carter has performed across the United States, the United Kingdom and France. In the 2009 performance season he will be premiering a work that was dedicated to him by composer Sean Havrilla entitled Oberon a caprice for solo violin. Concerts are scheduled across New Mexico, Arkansas, Texas and Japan.

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