Grammy Nod for Alum, Host

Caroline Goulding and Christopher O'Riley at a sound check for the CD release party at (Le) Poisson Rouge in Septmber 2009

Last night, among the Grammy nominations announced was a nod to From the Top alum, 17-year-old violinist Caroline Goulding for her self-titled debut album, recorded with our host Christopher O’Riley. The album is a collection of works by American composers, composers writing in this country and pieces inspired by uniquely American idioms, as well as a Cape Breton set which features Caroline with pianist Janine Randall. Caroline and Chris played a few favorites from the album at an event co-sponsored by From the Top and Telarc Records this September at New York’s (Le) Poisson Rouge, including Kreisler’s “La Gitana.” Caroline and Chris also appear on From the Top at the Pops performing the third movement from Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings in D minor with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra under the direction of the late Erich Kunzel.

At From the Top, we are thrilled to see the success of a young artist who in a way as grown up with us. Caroline first appeared on From the Top when she was just 13 years old, and has subsequently appeared on several other radio broadcasts as well as on our PBS television show. In August, we spoke with Caroline about heading to college at the same time that she’s released her first recording.

Three cheers for Caroline and her collaborator Chris!