Artistic Director Lucinda Carver

Centrum has named pianist, harpsichordist, and conductor Lucinda Carver as artistic director for the Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival.

In her role as artistic director, Carver will both program the chamber music concerts and appear as a soloist for some of the programs. At least one of the programs will have an educational component, and Carver plans to speak from the stage about the music to be performed.

“I first met Lucinda in Southern California, when I was with the Pacific Symphony and she was leading the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, where she was highly regarded as a conductor and pianist,” said Centrum executive director John MacElwee. “With her background as both an active performer in a wide variety of musical styles and ensembles, including Baroque, and as an educator, she is a great fit for us, and wonderfully complements our artistic staff.”

“I have long admired the scope, diversity and artistic excellence of Centrum’s programs and consider the organization to be one of the cultural jewels of the Pacific Northwest,” Carver said. “I’m absolutely delighted to be a part of it.”

“Lucinda’s skills and experience are going to be a big plus for Centrum,” said Chamber Music program manager Gregg Miller. “She makes music with many of today’s most exciting players, and she’s already off to a great start in bringing some of them together here for what are sure to be outstanding workshops and performances.”

As music director and conductor of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra from 1992-2001, Lucinda Carver garnered critical praise for her stylistic interpretations.

Noted as a “first-rate conductor” by Bernard Holland of The New York Times and as “an important emerging conductor” by Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times, Carver’s symphonic credits include appearances with the National Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Hong Kong Philharmonic and Richmond Symphony.

Carver is no stranger to major music festivals, either, having conducted at Wolf Trap, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s “Next Wave” Festival and the Orange County Performing Arts Center’s “Eclectic Orange” Festival.

Active in both the symphonic and operatic arenas, she has also conducted productions of Don Pasquale with the New York City Opera, Don Giovanni with the Minnesota Opera, Die Zauberflöte and Die Entführung aus dem Serail with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Le Nozze di Figaro with the Virginia Opera.

She has performed as soloist a with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Capella Salisburgensis, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra and Manhattan Philharmonic and she frequently took the dual role of soloist/conductor in Mozart piano concerti with the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra.

Carver has also been featured in solo and chamber music recitals at the Carmel Bach Festival, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Prince George Music Festival and under the aegis of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Musica Angelica. Her performances have been broadcast across the United States on National Public Radio.

She earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the USC Thornton School of Music, an Artist Diploma from the Salzburg Mozarteum and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers include pianists Murray Perahia, Gary Graffman, Hans Leygraf and John Perry, harpsichordist Malcolm Hamilton and conductors Gustav Meier and William Schaefer. In 1998 she joined the faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music where she teaches piano, harpsichord and conducting.