Professor of Violin
Violinist Carolyn Huebl enjoys a varied career as a performer, recording artist and teacher. She is currently professor of violin at Vanderbilt University Blair School of Music and violinist of The Blakemore Trio. Prior to her appointment at Blair, she was assistant principal second violin with the Pittsburgh Symphony and assistant professor of violin at Carnegie Mellon University. Critics have called her performances "unfailingly sensitive," "utterly fearless" and "pristine," and STRAD magazine declared that she "possesses a beguilingly warm sound and highly responsive expressive personality."
Since her appearance as soloist with the Detroit Symphony at the age of 17, Huebl has performed throughout the United States, as well as in Argentina, Canada and Europe. She is active as a recitalist and chamber musician, and is invited to perform on series and festivals throughout the country. She is a founding member of The Blakemore Trio with cellist Felix Wang and pianist Amy Dorfman. Engagements have taken the trio to chamber series across the country, including a New York debut concert at Merkin Hall in 2010. The trio released its first recording of trios by Beethoven and Ravel on the Blue Griffin label. American Record Guide gave special note to the Ravel recording as "Impressionism at its best." Other recordings include the complete chamber works by Adam Schoenberg, also on Blue Griffin, and Susan Botti's Gates of Silence on the Albany label.
An enthusiastic and convincing interpreter of contemporary music, Huebl has commissioned works by Susan Botti, Michael Hersch, Paul Osterfield and Adam Schoenberg, as well as several commissions by Vanderbilt composition majors for her studio to perform. Together with pianist Mark Wait, she gave the world premiere of Zwischen Leben und Tod, written for them by American composer Michael Hersch. They have also performed this important work at the new music venues National Sawdust in Brooklyn and The Icebox in Philadelphia. The duo also released critically acclaimed recordings of the works for violin and piano by Igor Stravinsky, and the complete sonatas by Alfred Schnittke.
Huebl discovered her love of teaching while still in college, and has been a devoted pedagogue ever since. She is currently on the faculty of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival and the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival, and has previously taught at Brevard Music Center, National Music Camp at Interlochen, Intermountain Suzuki Institute, Killington Music Festival and Rocky Mountain Summer Conservatory. In 2018, she and her husband, cellist Felix Wang, founded the Hilton Head Chamber Music Institute (HHCMI), a quartet program for advanced high school students.
Her students have been gone on to study at Colburn, Eastman, Indiana University, Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Rice University, the University of Michigan and Yale, among many others. They have been prize winners at regional and national competitions such as ASTA, Hellam, Hilton Head, LaGrange, MTNA, Nashville Symphony and Paducah. Many have gone on to satisfying careers in music and hold orchestral and teaching positions throughout the United States, Europe and South America.
Huebl received her D.M.A. from the University of Michigan and Bachelor and Masters of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her primary teachers include Andres Cardenes, Paul Kantor and Donald Weilerstein.