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          A Conversation with Caroline Goulding

          Ruchi Asher

          Issue date: 4/23/10 Section: News
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          Goulding began playing the violin at age three-and-a-half and since then has performed with some of the top orchestras in the world.
          Goulding began playing the violin at age three-and-a-half and since then has performed with some of the top orchestras in the world.
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          Caroline Goulding, 17-year-old violinist studying at the Cleveland Institute of Music, was recently nominated for a Grammy Award for her first solo recording produced by Telarc International. One of the most prominent young violinists today, she has performed with some of the top orchestras in the world, including the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. A graduate of Gilmour Academy and a Cleveland native, the precociously talented Goulding is currently studying under Paul Kantor and CIM president Joel Smirnoff.

          Ruchi Asher: Caroline, I've heard a lot about your achievements and, mostly, how you've been nominated for a Grammy - I've heard you play, and it's amazing. But when did you start playing violin, and why did you start playing?

          Caroline Goulding: I started when I was three-and-a-half, and I had two older brothers that used to play saxophone and trumpet. And I was so fascinated with their instruments at three-and-a-half that one day, one of my brothers said to my mom, 'Why don't you get her an instrument of her own?' It was either going to be piano or violin, and I chose violin, I think, because I thought it looked like a guitar. That's pretty much how I got started. I'm glad I didn't play the piano because I would be the worst pianist ever.

          RA: Haha, why?

          CG: Because I had to play piano in theory class every day, and I'm horrible at it. [laughs.] So that was a good instrument choice!

          RA: You didn't destroy your violin as a three-and-a-half year old?

          CG: No, it was weird! And actually, I don't think I was too rowdy as a kid. Of course, I had two older brothers. Nope, I think I just loved playing. It was sort of like a hobby, you know... it was fun for me.

          RA: What kept you going? I know a lot of people get tired of it or quit - I quit violin after eight years myself - so, what kept you going throughout all of that?

          CG: I don't really know, I just loved it, all the time. Probably also because I wasn't ever pushed, which I was really thankful for, but … I had a lot of encouragement, and a lot of wonderful mentors in my life that I really looked up to, and you know, I think that really helped. It just never got old for me. Even when I didn't want to practice - which, when I didn't...I never really wanted to give it up… I never was burned out with it. I think it was a kind of a natural thing for me.
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