Sandra Carlock


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Sandra Carlock received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where she was a scholarship student of Arthur Dann.  She did graduate work at the Juilliard School of Music and, while continuing her studies with Martin Canin of the Juilliard School, completed her Master of Music degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Long Island.  She was a scholarship student at the Aspen Music Festival, studying there with Madame Rosina Lhevinne, and at the Dartmouth College Congregation of the Arts.  Return To Top  





Ms. Carlock was a prizewinner in the first international Emma Feldman Memorial Competition.  She was then selected, on the basis of highly competitive audition, to be one of only five pianists represented by the National Music League, New York City.  She performed throughout the United States under the management of the Music League in fulfillment of the League’s commitment to the promotion of unusually promising young artists.                                                                                         

Miss Carlock is a serious, creative pianist, displaying a dazzling technique and a thorough command of her instrument….{She is} easily one of the outstanding pianists of the coming generation. —McAlester News Capital-Sandra's debut season with the Music League   Return






Sandra Carlock continues to be in demand in America and abroad.  In the Philadelphia area she has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra Society of Philadelphia and the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia.  She has also been a featured recitalist in the city’s Mozart on the Square Festival.  

Ms. Carlock enjoys a growing reputation in Great Britain and Europe.  Her several tours each year of the United Kingdom have taken her from the South of England to Edinburgh, Scotland.  In past seasons she has appeared three times at St. John’s, Smith Square, London (lunchtime recitals and an evening Debut recital).  She has also performed recently and to great acclaim in Folkestone (The International Celebrity Series), and at the Jacqueline du Pré Hall, St. Hilda’s College, Oxford University. She has appeared in Austria and in Norway and has been invited to play in France, Germany and Denmark. 

In August of 2002 she became the first artist ever to play the music of the American composer, Edward MacDowell, at Troldhaugen, the former home of the composer Edvard Grieg, in Bergen, Norway, when she appeared on the prestigious summer concert series there. 

Recent performances of note in the United States include a residency at the North Carolina School of the Arts, lecture/recitals for the Graduate Piano Seminar at the Juilliard School of Music, and appearances as featured solo artist in the British Concert Series in Washington, D.C., presenting recitals at both the British Embassy and the Georgetown Art Guild.  

Concerti offered in recent seasons have included Brahms No. 2, Mozart Nos. 23 and 24, Chopin No. 2, Shostakovich No. 1, and Beethoven Nos. 3 and 4.  

Sandra Carlock has some impressive gifts as a pianist, including…a commanding tonal range….The three pieces from Debussy’s “Images, Book I” were performed admirably; as well, in fact, as I ever have heard them played.—The Grand Rapids Press   Return To Top  





Sandra Carlock has presented solo recitals as a part of the Finchcocks Festival at Finchcocks in Kent, England; on pianos of the Cobbe Collection at Hatchlands Park, also in England, and she has performed and lectured regularly at the E.M. Frederick Collection in Ashburnham, Massachusetts. These are all well-known collections of early pianos.  She has played the music of Frédéric Chopin, Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms, Franz Liszt and Edward MacDowell on instruments such as a fortepiano by Conrad Graf, 1826, and grand pianos by Broadwood and Sons, 1848 and Erard of London, 1866.  She was also a featured artist at Finchcocks in the Celebration of John Broadwood and Sons—Two Hundred Years of Pianos.  Return To Top  





 Ms. Carlock's Second CD - an album of the works of American composer, Edward MacDowell - was released in April, 2005, by SOMM Recordings.  (See CDs )

Throughout her career, Ms. Carlock’s work has been heard on radio and television, notably on stations WQXR in New York City and WFLN and WPVI —TV in Philadelphia.  She has recorded for RCA Victor with the Chamber Symphony of Philadelphia.  Her first CD – a solo recital of the works of Liszt, Bach and Chopin – entitled “SANDRA CARLOCK IN RECITAL,” was recorded entirely in live performance – all tracks appearing without editing of any kind!  In addition, an in-depth interview of Ms. Carlock by Malcolm Stewart can be read in the newly launched Origin Internet Magazine.

Miss Carlock’s tone was gorgeous…her pianissimo playing was exquisite and controlled…and her runs thrilling.News of Delaware County   Return To Top 





In addition to her solo appearances, Sandra Carlock has performed extensively as a chamber music and collaborative artist.  She has been a founding member of two distinguished piano trios, most recently the Alverthorpe Trio, Settlement Music School’s first resident chamber music ensemble.  She has played with many well-known artists as a sonata partner and in quartets and quintets.  Return To Top  





Sandra Carlock enjoys an enviable reputation as a highly successful teacher.  She holds the Arthur Judson Distinguished Faculty Chair in Piano at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia, where she is on Staff by Special Arrangement.  She frequently gives master classes and lectures in America and abroad.  She has presented her much-acclaimed lecture/recital on the life and music of the pianist Clara Schumann in venues such as the Juilliard School of Music and Oxford University.  

Her Chopin Ballade was characterized by a luminous tone and a blazing technique….

There she was with the Bach…plunging through its subtle intricacies with a driving sureness and style that made it seem as simple and logical as a C major scale.  Even in Bach her precision had character that was fluid rather than steely and there was warmth and suppleness to her playing….

It has been a while since a young woman has made such a striking impression as this exceptional pianist.Peoria Journal Star   Return 






Sandra Carlock  


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Representation by:  

J. Audrey Ellison  

International Artists’ Management  

135 Stevenage Road,  

Fulham, London, SW6 6PB  

United Kingdom  

Tel:  207-381-9751; Fax:  207-381-2406   

Photos: Todd Trice




Click here for Origin Magazine's interview of Sandra Carlock.





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