Carolyn Wenk Goodman, Concertmaster
Coming from a family of scientists and musicians, Carolyn Wenk Goodman decided on violin as a career at the urging of her teacher and mentor Bronislaw Gimpel. Her later teachers included Paul Rolland, Andre Gertler and master classes with Isaac Stern. After completing a M.Mus. in violin/viola performance and pedagogy at the University of Illinois, Carolyn went to Europe for five years to play in the first violin section of the Amsterdam Philharmonic. Since returning to America, she has been active in New York City, performing diverse music such as orchestral, chamber, opera, ballet, Broadway shows and jazz, while specializing in American contemporary music in a long running concert series at Carnegie Hall. She considers herself fortunate to have performed with and learned from such greats as David Oistrakh, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Rubinstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Yo-Yo Ma, Winton Marsalis (Jazz at Lincoln Center) Ray Charles, Eubie Blake, and with Itzhak Perlman for a three year period. Carolyn has recorded for film, radio, TV and on CD with, among others, Phillip Glass, Brian Eno, Keith Jarrett, and Sir Roland Hanna on Nonesuch, London, and Philips labels. Carolyn lives with her family in Pittsford and enjoys traveling to Massachusetts to watch her daughter Sarah play softball for Smith College.