Christoph Eschenbach, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra, describes Carpenter’s viola-playing as “breathtaking, convincing and highly charismatic”.
A Varied Education
David Aaron Carpenter began studying the violin at the age of six, but, at 12, he “fell in love with the viola” and has been captivated by this rich-toned instrument ever since. The talented 21-year-old musician’s skills have been honed at the pre-college divisions of Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music, Italy’s Accademia Chigiana and also at the Verbier Festival Academy, where he met teachers who inspired his musical development. At present, he is majoring in politics at Princeton University in order to expand his intellectual horizons.
Mentor Pinchas Zukerman was impressed with David Carpenter’s deep talent and his eagerness to learn.