"Every phrase is executed with such flamboyance, enhanced by her passion."
Eve Rowlands, Buzz Magazine
"I had one of the best musical nights of my life as I listened to Caroline Pether and the orchestra."
Audience member, Vivaldi Four Seasons with Sinfonia Cymru
Caroline is the Leader of Manchester Camerata, often assuming the role of Soloist and/or Director with the orchestra. Chamber music sensibilities are at the heart of Caroline’s music-making; she enjoys a regular duo partnership with Camerata's principal cellist Hannah Roberts and guest leads chamber music projects and chamber orchestras across the UK. Caroline was also the Leader of Welsh chamber orchestra Sinfonia Cymru from 2016 until 2021.
Caroline is passionate about enthusing and educating the next generation of musicians in her work as both a Violin Tutor at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and as a guest elsewhere, delivering masterclasses and workshops. Caroline began her studies with leading violin educator Lucy Akehurst at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s esteemed Young Strings Project, and later studied at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Northern College of Music with Professor Wen Zhou Li.
From 2010 to 2019 Caroline was the first violinist of the Zelkova Quartet, winners of the 2017 St Martin's Chamber Music Competition and the 2014 Royal Overseas League Elias Fawcett Award for Outstanding Chamber Ensemble. In 2018 they were Hattori Foundation Senior Award winners and Concordia Foundation Selected Artists. The quartet recorded a CD of music written by Nicholas Simpson released by the label Stone Records and have been heard on Radio 3 numerous times. Through her work with chamber orchestras and her quartet, Caroline has been fortunate to study and work closely with many incredible musicians; Gábor Takács-Nagy, Ferenc Rados, Hatto Beyerle and Peter Cropper to name but a few.
As a soloist Caroline holds a Silver Medal from the Worshipful Company of Musicians and a Postgraduate Performance Award from Help Musicians UK (formerly known as Musicians Benevolent Fund). Highlights include directing Vivaldi's Four Seasons with Sinfonia Cymru and performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto in Bridgewater Hall with conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier. Caroline also loves collaborating with amateur orchestras; past performances include Brahms' Violin Concerto with New Bristol Sinfonia, Mozart's A major Violin Concerto with Guernsey Camerata, the Brahms Double with the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra, and both the Walton and the Sibelius Violin Concertos with the Chandos Symphony Orchestra.
Caroline has a particular fondness for the Australian comedy violin duo TwoSetViolin and playing the violin at her church on Sundays.
Caroline plays on a violin made by the internationally acclaimed maker Stephan von Baehr.
Sibelius Violin Concerto with Yan Pascal Tortelier, Bridgewater Hall