Violist Molly Carr, praised for her “ravishing sound” (The Strad) and her “passionate talent and beautiful poise” (AVS), was a top prizewinner in the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition. As winner of the 2010 Juilliard Viola Concerto Competition, Ms. Carr 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 the Davidson Institute, ASTA, ARTS, the Virtu Foundation, and the Julliard and Manhattan Schools of Music. An avid soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician, Ms. Carr has appeared across the U.S., as well as in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Israel and Asia. She is currently an artist of the Marlboro Music Festival and has performed at Ravinia’s Steans Institute, Music@Menlo, the International Musicians Seminar and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove (UK), Malaga Clasica, Bari International Music Festival (Italy), Mozartfest (Wurzburg, Germany), Music from Angel Fire, Yellow Barn Music Festival, YAP Ottowa, and the Perlman Music Program.
Ms. Carr 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. She is a member of the Solera Quartet, Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Notre Dame and Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Pro Musicis International Award. As the first and only American chamber ensemble chosen for this award, the Solera Quartet will make its Carnegie Hall debut in Fall of 2018.
Ms. Carr recorded the Viola Sonata and early chamber works of Jennifer Hidgon on the NAXOS label with the Serafin Quartet; in 2018-2019, she will take part in a four-album recording project with Enescu Competition Grand Prize Winner, Josu de Solaun, recording the piano and string chamber music of George Enescu. In summer of 2018, her quartet, the Solera Quartet, will release its first studio album working with Grammy-winning producer Jesse Lewis. Additionally, the Carr-Petrova viola and piano duo will release its debut album entitled "Novel Voices" on the Centaur Label in 2019.
Highlights of Ms. Carr's 2017-2018 season include solo recitals and chamber music tours across the US, Spain, Canada, Germany, and Romania. A native of Reno, Nevada, Ms. Carr holds a B.M. and M.M. from the Juilliard School, having studied with Heidi Castleman, Steven Tenenbom, and Pinchas Zukerman. She is on the Viola Faculty of the Juilliard Precollege Division and is the Founding Director for Project: Music Heals Us, a nonprofit which brings the healing power of music to elderly, disabled, rehabilitating, incarcerated, and homeless populations.