Vice Dean of Division of Classical Performance Studies
Professor of Practice
- Program:Keyboard Studies, Early Music Performance
- Division:Classical Performance and Composition, Scholarly and Professional Studies
- Instrument:Piano, Harpsichord
“Carver makes musical thought manifest.”
– Daniel Cariaga, Los Angeles Times
Lucinda Carver is a much beloved and highly acclaimed musician equally at home on the podium, at the keyboard or in the lecture hall. As Music Director and Conductor of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra for 11 years, Carver garnered critical praise for her stylistic interpretations of music from the Classical era. Active in both the symphonic and operatic arenas, she has been proclaimed “a find…a first-rate conductor” by Bernard Holland of The New York Times and “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, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Richmond Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic. She has conducted at major music festivals including: Wolf Trap; Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival; the Orange County Performing Arts Center’s Eclectic Orange Festival; and San Francisco Symphony’s “Great Performers” Series.
Carver has 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. With the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, she conducted two critically acclaimed recordings on the RCM label featuring Haydn Symphonies Nos. 43 & 48 and Mozart Symphonies Nos. 17, 29, and 34. She also led the orchestra on two North American tours under the aegis of Columbia Artist Management, highlights of which were featured on CBS Sunday Morning.
Carver is also a highly acclaimed pianist and harpsichordist. As a Fulbright Fellow to Austria, she concertized extensively throughout Europe. She has performed as soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Capella Salisburgensis, Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and Manhattan Philharmonic. She frequently undertook the dual roles of soloist and conductor in Mozart piano concerti with the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra. Carver has 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 and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Her performances have been broadcast across the United States on National Public Radio, WNYC, WGBH, and locally on KUSC and K-Mozart. In fall of 2009 she was named Artistic Director of the Centrum Port Townsend Chamber Music Festival.
Carver holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the USC Thornton School of Music, an Artist Diploma from the Salzburg Mozarteum, and a Master of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers include renowned pianists Murray Perahia, Gary Graffman, Hans Leygraf, John Perry, and Gwendolyn Koldofsky, with harpsichord studies under Malcolm Hamilton and conducting studies with Gustav Meier and William Schaefer.
In 1998 she joined the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music where she is currently Vice Dean of the Division of Classical Performance and a professor of piano, harpsichord, and conducting. Ms. Carver is represented by McAlister Arts.
“My teaching philosophy can best be summarized by two overarching goals. 1) To nurture and support young artists and scholars who will have a profound impact in furthering and fostering our art form. 2) To provide them with the foundation that will not simply give them a range of correct answers, but enable them to ask the most enlightened and probing of questions.
In doing so, I am rigorous and, according to my students, most demanding in the quest for excellence, refinement and thoughtfulness in approaching our repertoire. The saying goes in the Carver studio that ‘nothing gets past her’. This is the method with which I provide students with answers (without their quite knowing it) so that they can later ask the questions when they are on their own.