Caroline Heard

Award: Parikian Award

Year: 2020

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Violin

Location: Royal Academy of Music

Caroline Heard is a 23 year old violinist from Ripon, currently studying with Levon Chilingirian at
the Royal Academy of Music for her Masters of Arts degree. Caroline graduated with a Bachelor of Music
Degree from the Academy (with First Class Honours) in the summer of 2019 whilst studying with
Philippe Honoré, and before that she studied with William Leary for 9 years. She has twice been the recipient of the Help Musician’s Postgraduate Award, and this year was awarded the coveted Parikian award. Caroline is also a Scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music.

In the summer of 2020, Caroline was invited to be part of the Encuentro de Música y Academia de Santander (sadly cancelled due to Covid-19). In August of 2018, Caroline was the soloist and guest leader of the Vacation Chamber Orchestra, performing the Lark Ascending in 5 venues across the North of England. In August 2014, Caroline was invited to take part in the prestigious Cambridge International Violin Academy, performing with pianist Rohan de Silva. Alongside performing recitals in London, Winchester and Surrey, she has also taken part in masterclasses with many renowned soloists, such as Tasmin Little, Györgie Pauk, Alexander Markoff, Madeleine Mitchell and Simone Lamsma.

Caroline has performed in venues such as the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal Albert Hall, the
Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Liverpool Philharmonic hall and the SAGE hall in Gateshead,
under conductors such as Vasily Petrenko, Semyon Bychkov, Marin Alsop, John Wilson and the
late Oliver Knussen. In the summer of 2019, she performed as a member of the Academy
Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Juilliard School (New York) at the BBC Proms,
conducted by Edward Gardner and with soloist James Ehnes. Alongside working in classical
orchestras, Caroline has played under the baton of film composer James Newton Howard in the
Albert Hall opening his world tour of 2017/2018, and with Claude Michel Schonberg, the French
musical theatre composer of Les Miserables and Miss Saigon.

Caroline founded the Mousai quartet at the Royal Academy of Music in December 2017. They
were awarded Highly Commended at the Wolfe Wolfinsohn Quartet Prize at the Royal Academy in
March 2019 and have performed in concerts all over the country including York, London and
Winchester. Last summer, they were invited to study with the Maggini Quartet in Norway, and the
London Haydn Quartet in Cornwall.

Caroline plays on an 1870 Boullangier violin, kindly on loan to her from the Royal Academy of
Music.
 
Receiving a Help Musician's Postgraduate Award for the second time has made me able to continue my postgraduate study. Without that support, I would not have had the financial means to carry on studying at the Royal Academy of Music. This award means a huge amount to me, and I will forever be grateful to the organisation for making my current life possible. I am especially honoured to be given a named award this year (Parikian Award). My future musical career will be more enriched (and hopefully more successful) because of having this extra time at the Academy with a new teacher, so I cannot express how much this money means to me. I will always support the company 'Help Musicians', and one day I hope to be able to donate my own money to help a young violinist such as myself.
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