Kieran Carter

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Cello

Location: Royal College of Music

Kieran Carter began studying with Ethan Merrick in Horsham and then with Gordon Pringle at Junior Trinity College of Music. He is currently in his fourth year at the Royal College of Music with professor Melissa Phelps, with whom he will continue studying for his postgraduate degree from September 2018 as an RCM scholar and a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award holder..

Since starting at RCM he has been given the opportunity to play in all types of orchestral formations, with a highlight of being principal Cello in Ravel's Daphnis and Chloe under Bernard Haitink with the RCM Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. He has also been conducted by Vladimir Jurowski, Thomas Zehetmair, Nicholas Collon, John Wilson and Maxim Vengerov. 

Away from the RCM, Kieran has been invited to play principal Cello in various orchestras around London such as the London Firebird Orchestra, the Arch Sinfonia, the Orion Orchestra, Janus Ensemble and the Kantanti Ensemble, playing in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall and King’s Place. In July 2017 Kieran was selected to take part in the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Scheme through the RCM at Cadogan Hall.

Kieran loves to play chamber music, with highlights including playing alongside the Sacconi Quartet at their festival in Folkestone, a performance of Mendelssohn's Octet at RCM with Thomas Zehetmair, and most recently the Maiastra String Quartet courses. He has also performed in a String Quartet and Piano Trio for many concerts in the Amaryllis Fleming Hall and Britten Theatre at the RCM.

A big advocate for contemporary classical music, Kieran has performed rarely heard pieces for solo Cello at the RCM and in solo recitals. He has also appeared a number of times in the RCM New Perspectives ensemble, performing chamber works by RCM composition professors such as Dai Fujikura, Jonathan Cole and Kenneth Hesketh. 

As a soloist Kieran has given recitals around London and played concerti with the West Sussex County Youth Orchestra, the Junior Trinity Symphony Orchestra, the Lewes Concert Orchestra, the Dartmouth Festival Orchestra, and most recently Haydn's Second Cello Concerto with the Horsham Symphony Orchestra.

Kieran has taken part in masterclasses and had coaching with David Takeno, Thomas Carroll, Natalie Clein, Johannes Goritzki and the Wihan Quartet. He plays on a 19th century Colin Mezin Cello kindly on loan from the Cherubim Music Trust.