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Biography

Carole Presland has performed throughout Europe, in the USA, Far East and Africa. In the UK she has appeared at major venues including the Wigmore Hall, South Bank Centre, King's Place and St John’s Smith Square and at international festivals such as Aldeburgh, Bath and Harrogate. As a concerto soloist she has performed a wide range of repertoire, ranging from Haydn and Mozart to Frank Martin. She has also premiered new commissions at the Wigmore Hall, working with composers such as Joby Talbot and Halli Cauthery. She has broadcast regularly for BBC Radio 3 and frequently abroad, for Bayerischer Rundfunk, Radio France, RAI Italian Television, WFMT in the United States and for numerous other European networks. She has recorded CDs for labels such as EMI Classics, Pavane, Meridian to wide critical acclaim, with chamber music discs chosen as ‘Critic’s Choice’ in the Evening Standard, highly recommended in the Penguin CD Guide and chosen by BBC Radio 3’s ‘Record Review'.

Benefiting from the inspirational chamber music coaching of the late Christopher Rowland as a student, Carole formed a partnership with Clive Greensmith (later cellist of the Tokyo String Quartet) and together they won 1st Prize in both the Sergio Lorenzi and Provincia di Caltanisetta International Duo competitions, successes which led to extensive concert appearances in Italy. Carole was awarded the Royal OverSeas League's Lisa Fuschova chamber music award and the accompanist's prize at the Wieniawski International Violin Competition,  Poland. Passionate about chamber music she has since collaborated with many internationally renowned artists including Alexander Baillie, Colin Carr, Robert Cohen, Steven Doane, Frans Helmerson, Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Nobuko Imai, Anthony Marwood, Christoph Richter, Sylvia Rosenberg, Alexander Rudin and Gerhard Schulz. She has  performed with Scottish Ensemble and the Chilingirian, Endellion, Heath, Vanburgh and Belcea String Quartets. She appeared at the Musikverein, Vienna at the invitation of the Sandor Vegh Ensemble and has participated in Open Chamber Music at the International Musicians Seminar, Prussia Cove.

Carole studied with Renna Kellaway on the Joint Course at the Royal Northern College of Music and the University of Manchester, winning both academic and instrumental prizes and awards during every year of study. As a student she performed concertos under Ole Schmidt and Emanuel Hurwitz and was chosen to participate in  masterclasses with many distinguished teachers, amongst them Paul Badura-Skoda and Vlado Perlemuter. Awarded a DAAD German Government Scholarship to study in Hanover, she decided instead to take up a scholarship to continue her postgraduate studies at the RNCM. Generous awards from the Myra Hess and Craxton Memorial Trusts enabled her to work with Andras Schiff at the International Musicians’ Seminar, Prussia Cove and with Gyorgy Sebok at masterclasses at the Sweelinck Conservatoire, Amsterdam.