"...a mercurial mind, incredibly driven (with an) unbounded sense of creative entrepreneurialism." - Joy Tanner, Village Living Magazine
Violist and musical entrepreneur Carol Gimbel is a versatile performer combining her flair and entrepreneurial spirit to push the limits of artistic expression. Noted for her “confidence and whisper-quiet tones” (Post and Courier 2018) she is the recipient of numerous performance and production awards including several Canada Council for the Arts Performance Grants and the Ontario Arts Council International Residency Award for research on new practices in viola performance. This season she will appear as a guest soloist with Festival de Febrero Orchestra (Mexico), Orquesta Sinfonica Zapopan (Mexico), Young Artist Performances (Hilton Head Island, USA), and recently at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC), Freudenberg Arts (NYC), and International Viola Congress (Los Angeles, USA).
In 2008, Gimbel founded Music in the Barns Productions specializing in repurposing alternative performance venues for bespoke, site-specific “installation concerts”. From multi-room, multimedia events to massive 400,000 sq. ft site transformations, Gimbel draws on storytelling, art, technology and film to design “rare and thought-provoking concert performance(s)” (Wholenote Magazine 2017) that engage new perspectives on art, music and the world around us. Gimbel has designed critically acclaimed concert events for the Luminato Festival, Yonge-Dundas Square, Drake Hotel and Canadian Association of Theatre Researchers, to mention a few, and has curated performance series for the Toronto Summer Music Festival and Canadian Music Centre.
As both a performer and producer Gimbel has enjoyed numerous collaborations with distinguished artists, composers, performers and directors including Pulitzer Prize-winning multi-instrumentalist David Amram, Griffin award-winning poet Don McKay, members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), director Jörn Weisbrodt, composers Osvaldo Golijov, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Nicole Lizée, John Oswald, Michael Oesterle, Rose Bolton, Scott Godin, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation producer/composer David Jaeger, ensemble Sō Percussion, Krishna Das, New Orford String Quartet, Attacca String Quartet, filmmaker Ayelen Liberona, conductor / farmer / activist Michael Schmidt, countertenor Dan Taylor, and radio celebrity Julie Nesrallah.
Gimbel frequently presents masterclasses and lectures including at the New York University’s Gallatin School, International Maker Faire, JazzFM Business in the Arts Conference, University of Toronto and the University of Guadalajara. She is the co-founder of the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County (Pennsylvania, USA), is on the board of directors for the Canadian Viola Society and Young Artist Performances (Hilton Head Island, USA), is published in the Canadian Viola Society Journal, Canada Arts Connect, and is the co-creator of Radio Free Brooklyn's "Why Do We Only Listen to Dead People?"
Ms. Gimbel received a Bachelor of Music Degree in Viola Performance from Rice University Shepherd School of Music and an Artist Diploma from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Her principal mentors include Roberto Diaz, Martha Strongin-Katz, Karen Ritscher, Paul Katz, Steven Dann, Joseph Primavera, Sidney Curtiss and Burton Kaplan. She performs on a viola made for her in 1995 by Gabrielle Kundert, a copy of a 1776 Giovanni Batistta Guadagnini.