Stuart Carlson

Photo Credit: Ken Kaiser

Master of Music
Performance; Viola

Stuart Carlson graduated in 2019 from the University of Michigan with degrees in violin performance and composition. He is a published arranger–Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for solo violin, Amazing Grace for violin and piano, Carols of Christmas for string quartet–and composer–Christmas Sinfonietta for high school string orchestra. Stuart has won numerous competitions, including the 2016 VSA International Young Soloists Competition and the 2017 U-M School of Music Concerto Competition. Stuart performs regularly with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and Michigan Philharmonic and is receiving a graduate degree in viola performance at U-M studying with Caroline Coade. He has also performed across the US, UK, and Europe as a soloist and ensemble member. One of his many highlights includes being chosen as the John F. Kennedy Center representative for the 2013 Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC. He performed for an audience that included Yo-Yo Ma and several US Senators and Members of Congress. Stuart is proud to play violins made by the Voller Brothers (1887) and Feng Jiang, and a viola by Grubaugh & Seifert. He enjoys traveling, listening to popular music, and is a licensed ham radio operator (W8SRC).

Achievements

Published arranger and composer (Lauren Keiser Music and Southern Music/Hal Leonard).

Won numerous competitions and honors including the 2016 VSA International Young Soloists Competition (performed as a soloist at The Kennedy Center) and the 2017 U-M School of Music Concerto Competition (performed the Berg Concerto as soloist with the USO in Hill Auditorium).

Chosen as the John F. Kennedy Center representative for the 2013 Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC where he performed for a large audience that included Yo-Yo Ma and several US Senators and Members of Congress.

Performed successfully across the US, UK, and Europe as soloist and ensemble member.