BIOGRAPHY

Praised for her “ravishing sound” (The Strad), “silken finesse with gritty vibrancy” (Gramophone), and her “passionate talent and beautiful poise” (AVS), violist Molly Carr was a top prizewinner in the Primrose International Viola Competition, and as winner of the Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition made her New York Concerto debut with the Juilliard Orchestra under Xian Zhang in Alice Tully Hall. She is the recipient of major prizes and scholarships from Chamber Music America, Pro Musicis Foundation, Davidson Institute, ASTA, ARTS, the Virtu Foundation, and the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools of Music. An avid soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, Ms. Carr has performed across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. She has appeared as both performer and guest faculty in festivals around the world, including the Marlboro Music Festival, Ravinia Festival, Mozartfest, Jerusalem Music Center, Hyderabad SOTA Music Festival, Yellow Barn Music Festival, Music@Menlo, the International Musicians Seminar and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove, Malaga Clasica, Bari International Music Festival, Music from Angel Fire, and the Perlman Music Program.

Ms. Carr is a member of the Solera Quartet, the recipient of Chamber Music America's 2018 Guarneri Quartet Residency Award, and the first and only American chamber ensemble chosen for the Pro Musicis International Award. Ms. Carr is also the violist of the Carr-Petrova Duo as well as the clarinet, viola and piano trio, the Iris Trio. She has collaborated with such renowned artists as Itzhak Perlman, Carter Brey, Peter Wiley, Ida Kavafian, Donald and Alisa Weilerstein, Pamela Frank, and the Orion and American Quartets, performing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Princeton’s McCarter Theatre, Chicago’s Symphony Center, and the Jerusalem Music Center. 

In Fall of 2018, the Solera Quartet, released its debut studio album entitled "Every Moment Present," working with Grammy-winning producer Jesse Lewis. The upcoming 2019-2020 season will see the release and launch of several more debut albums: the Carr-Petrova Duo’s debut album entitled "Novel Voices" on the NAXOS label, the Iris Trio’s debut album "Homage and Inspiration," and a multi-album recording project with Enescu Competition Grand Prize Winner, Josu de Solaun, recording the piano and string chamber music of George Enescu.  Ms. Carr also recorded the Viola Sonata and early chamber works of Jennifer Hidgon for the NAXOS label in 2012. 

Ms. Carr is on the Viola Faculties of both the Juilliard School's Precollege Program and the Alberto Jonas International School of Music in Valencia, Spain, and is also the Founding Director for Project: Music Heals Us, a non-profit which brings free chamber music performances and interactive programming to marginalized populations with limited ability to access the Arts themselves. She holds a B.M. and M.M. from the Juilliard School, having studied with Heidi Castleman, Steven Tenenbom, Patinka Kopec, and Pinchas Zukerman.