Along with his siblings Lauren and Sean, he has a vision for the future of classical music – one based on the glorious days of the past when classical musicians were recognized as stars in the entertainment world.
The three Carpenters, who all play stringed instruments and hold degrees from Princeton, have founded a chamber orchestra comprised of some of the best young performers they could find in New York City. Salomé Orchestra, formed in 2009, has a mission to advance chamber music and particularly to engage younger audiences.
Recently, Salomé has been creating star-studded charity events, bringing classical music into the spotlight reserved for celebrities.
In May, Salomé collaborated with Lauren Bush Lauren and her FEED Project for a fundraising concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall in New York. Attracting luminaries from the classical, pop, business and political worlds, including President Bill Clinton, the event raised enough funds to provide one million meals to children in 62 of the world’s poorest countries. Carpenter sees much more of this kind of activity in their future, explaining that “it is meaningful to use what we have as musicians and put it toward the greater good”.
Next is the inaugural Salomé Music Festival at the Hamptons (U.S.), 24 August to 3 September 2012. Performances include David playing solo and with singer Rufus Wainwright, and the Salomé Orchestra.
In his solo career, Carpenter continues to tour and record. In 2011 he collaborated with conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra on a CD featuring a rare work by Paganini, and in 2012 he released another disc of three recently discovered viola concertos composed by Joseph Martin Kraus, one of the most innovative composers of his time.
Playing on a viola made in 1766 by Michele Deconet, Venice, Carpenter says he is always learning and credits the instrument with taking his playing to new levels. “It has amazing projection and soars so beautifully,” he enthuses.
He is currently preparing nine works of chamber music for Switzerland’s Verbier Festival and other upcoming performances.
In the year ahead, Carpenter and the Salomé Orchestra have 35 concerts and an exciting four-concert residency at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, playing instruments from the collection. For more information, visit www.davidaaroncarpenter.com.