By the age of 17 violinist Caroline Goulding had played with the Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Pops, Detroit Symphony, and Buffalo Philharmonic, made television appearances on The Today Show and Martha Stewart's Martha, and received a Grammy Award nomination for her first recording. Critics typically note the amazing maturity of her interpretations and the all-encompassing character of her virtuoso technique. Goulding has managed to develop a reasonably broad repertory, too, playing concertos by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms (Double Concerto), Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and Korngold, as well as other concert and recital fare by Schumann, Saint-Saëns, Sarasate, Vieuxtemps, Bruch, Kreisler, Gershwin, Corigliano, and many others. Goulding records for Telarc Records.
Caroline Goulding (pronounced GOLDing) was born in Port Huron, MI, in 1992. At age three she began lessons on the violin with Julia Kurtyka. Later on she had studies with Paul Kantor at the University of Michigan. After Kantor took a post with the Cleveland Institute of Music when Goulding was 11, her family relocated to Cleveland so she could continue studies with him there.
Goulding also studied at the Aspen Festival and School, Juilliard School via the Starling-Delay Symposium, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the New England Conservatory of Music. Having appeared as a regular at the Aspen Music Festival and School since she was ten, Goulding entered the concerto competition there at 13 and won first prize (2005). The following year she appeared on the television program From the Top: Live From Carnegie Hall, hosted by pianist Christopher O'Riley. Goulding soon made a number of acclaimed debuts, including her 2007 appearance with the Cleveland Pops in a performance of the Vieuxtemps Souvenir d'Amérique.
In 2008 Goulding signed a three-CD deal with Telarc Records, and the following year her first recording, entitled simply Caroline Goulding, was issued. A collection of works by Corigliano, Kreisler, Vieuxtemps, and others, and featuring accompaniment by pianist Christopher O'Riley, the disc not only garnered a Grammy nomination but made the classical Top 15 in Billboard Magazine. A second Telarc album featuring Goulding appeared in 2009, From the Top at the Pops. Drawn from live performances in October 2008, the CD features Goulding in an acclaimed performance of the Bruch First Concerto, with conductor Erich Kunzel leading the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra.
2009 was also the year Goulding debuted with the Cleveland Orchestra in performances of Sarasate's Zigeunerweisen and Souvenir d'Amérique. In April 2010 Goulding debuted in Spain with the Extremadura Symphony Orchestra, led by Jesús Amigo, in a performance of the Brahms Double Concerto, with cellist Umberto Clerici. Other concerts from the 2010-2011 season included debuts with the Houston Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and return engagements with the Toronto Symphony and Cleveland Orchestra. In fall 2011 Goulding studied at the New England Conservatory with Donald Weilerstein. The 2011-2012 season included a debut with the London Chamber Orchestra, and since then she has appeared extensively in Europe and performed at Beijing's Forbidden City Concert Hall and as part of the Marlboro Music Festival.