Caroll Glenn



Competition Winner

Born: October 28, 1918 (Richmond, VA)

Died: April 25, 1983 (New York, NY)

Caroll Glenn was known for her bold style of playing, big tone, and for championing American composers. She began studying violin under her mother's guidance at age four, continuing her studies in Columbia, South Carolina with Felice de Horvath. At age 11, Glenn moved to New York to study with Edouard Dethier at the Juilliard School through a cooperative program with the New London School, an experimental K-12 program operated by Teachers College, Columbia University. She graduated from Juilliard at age 15 with the faculty scholarship award, and subsequently continued graduate studies at Juilliard.

In 1938, Ms. Glenn was the winner of the Naumburg competition and as a result, gave her New York debut recital at Town Hall on November 7, 1939. In addition, she was also awarded the National Federation of Music Clubs Award and the Schubert Memorial Award.

She made her debut with the New York Philharmonic under Artur Rodzinski on December 14, 1941, performing the Sibelius Violin Concerto. During her 1942-1943 season Ms. Glenn was featured in 21 orchestral concerts throughout North America. She performed with the leading conductors of her time, including Eugene Ormandy, Dmitri Mitropoulos and Pierre Monteux.

Her recordings included all the work of Tchaikovsky for violin and orchestra, concertos by Andrew Imbrie and Richard Strauss and the complete works of Richard Strauss for strings and piano. In addition, she recorded unusual early Italian violin concertos.

Ms. Glenn was married to the pianist Eugene List. They concertized together including when the U.S. State Department sponsored their first European tour in 1946. They liked to champion offbeat, rarely performed contemporary music including the double concertos of Giovanni Battista Viotti and Anis Fuleihan, and the Duo Sonata of Franz Liszt. In 1961, Glenn had made more than 90 appearances as soloist with major symphony orchestras. In the fall of 1962, Paul Freeman, conductor at the Eastman School of Music embarked on an extensive tour of Poland with Caroll Glenn. The tour was sponsored by the US State Department and Polish Art Agency.

In 1963, Carol Glenn became Artist-in-Residence at the University of Texas College of Music. She also taught at Temple University, the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the Eastman School of Music (1964-1975). From 1875 untl her death in 1983, she taught at Manhattan School of Music and Queens College. In 1974, she and Eugene List founded the Southern Vermont Music Festival in Manchester. Her last concert tour was in 1981 to the People's Republic of China where she also gave master classes.

Caroll Glenn and her husband, pianist Eugene List


1938 Naumburg Competition

First Prize

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