Orchestral Repertoire (Violin)
A native of Philadelphia and a 1947 graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Efrem Zimbalist, Norman Carol was concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1966 until his retirement in 1994. His professional career began at age seventeen, when he was invited to play in the first violin section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Carol has been a frequent soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra and introduced to Philadelphia audiences the violin concertos of Britten, Hindemith, and Nielsen, and Bernstein's Serenade. With the composer conducting, he performed the world premiere of Skrowaczewski's violin concerto.
He plays one of the world's most prized violins: the ex-Albert Spalding Guarnerius (del Gesù), dating from 1743. Mr. Carol joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1979.
Meet the Faculty: Norman Carol
Overtones, September 1994