Melbourne-born pianist Caroline Almonte has a reputation as a gifted, versatile and sensitive artist. She has won numerous awards, including the winner of the keyboard section of the ABC Young performers awards and First prize at the international chamber music competition in Italy, Premio Trio di Trieste.Caroline Almonte studied with Stephen McIntyre at the Victorian College of the Arts before completing postgraduate studies in piano performance at the Juilliard School in New York with Oxana Yablonskaya. Caroline has recorded and produced for the Australian Broadcasting Commision (ABC), and teaches piano at the University of Melbourne.
Caroline has performed across Europe, the United States, China, Japan, Canada and South America, and appeared at the Edinburgh Festival, Teatro Colosseo series in Buenos Aires and major festivals in Australia.
She has performed piano concerti under conductors Nicholas Braithwaite, Oleg Caetani, Nicholas Carter, Reinhard Goebel, Hiroyuki Iwaki, Richard Mills, Benjamin Northey, Tadaaki Otaka, David Porcelijn and Markus Stenz.
The highlight is that this year she had several successful performances of Yellow River Piano Concerto in Xiamen and Shanghai, all were well received.Her many musical collaborations include performances with violinists Sarah Chang and Daniel Hope and cellist, Li Wei.
She has also performed chamber music with Australia Ensemble, Flinders Quartet, Escher Quartet, Ralph Kirshbaum, Yvonne Kenny, Elise Milman, Ian Munro, Merlyn Quaife, Anneke Scott, Dimity Shepherd and Miki Tsunoda, her partner from Duo Sol.
Engagements have included Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Mozart piano concerti with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Adelaide symphony Orchestra, and the Dunkeld Festival of Music with the Australian String Quartet. Other highlights include performances with the Escher Quartet at the Perth Festival and a live national broadcast of Bach’s Goldberg Variations at the Australian Festival of Chamber music in Townsville.
Caroline is a founding member of the Sutherland Trio, a piano trio with violinist Elizabeth Sellars and cellist Molly Kadarauch.