2017 Young Artist Competition Results Announced!

The results of the 2017 Salomé Young Artist Competition for Composition are IN! We are thrilled and pleased to announce the winners of our second Young Artist Competition:

The Gabrail Family Foundation First Prize Award
Felix Herron

The Grace D. Carpenter Second Prize Award
Benjamin Wenzelberg
Yash Pazhianur

The Kish Family Honorable Mention Award
Ian Barnett

Members of the esteemed jury included viola soloist David Aaron Carpenter, and internationally-acclaimed composer Oran Eldor.

The Salomé Chamber Orchestra will premiere Felix Herron’s Concerto for 2nd Violin at our Carnegie Hall concert on February 26th, 2018. Contestants applied from the far-reaching corners of the U.S.

Congratulations to All!

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Salomé’s 2016 California Charity Tour!

Salomé is proud to announce its 14-concert California tour featuring the Carpenter Siblings. The fourth annual tour, generously sponsored by the MOCA Foundation, will commence in Los Angeles, followed by concerts in San Diego, the Central Coast (San Luis Obispo), and ending in San Francisco. True to form, each concert is dedicated to a different charitable organization, and Salomé will help raise over $1 Million for our partner organizations during the tour!

The full list of concerts includes:

1/14 – 6:30PM Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Private home
1/18 – 6:30PM Sarah Lawrence Alumni Concert, Private Home
1/19 – 6PM Fairmont Del Mar Concert for YPO San Diego, Del Mar
1/21 – 5:30PM San Diego Center for Children at University of San Diego
1/23 – 2PM Santa Ana Bower’s Museum, Santa Ana
1/24 – 3PM Arroyo Grande Community Hospital, Arroyo Grande
1/27 – 7PM ECHO (El Camino Homeless Organization), Atascadero
1/28 – 6PM Congregation Beth David, San Luis Obispo
1/29 – 6PM San Luis Obispo Food Bank, Edna Valley Winery
1/30 – 3PM Sol Treasures at Episcopal Church, King City
1/31 – 5PM Candlelight Concert at The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, San Francisco
2/1 – 7:30PM – Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
2/2 – 6:30PM San Francisco Suicide Prevention, San Francisco (private home)

For more information about attending these concerts, please contact Yanni Burton at

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Salomé’s California Charity Tour in March!

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Salomé is proud to announce its 10-concert, 3-city California tour featuring its principal members and viola soloist David Aaron Carpenter. The second annual tour, generously sponsored by Tony and Mary Bianco and the MOCA Foundation, will commence in San Francisco, followed by concerts on the Central Coast (Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo), and ending with three concerts in Los Angeles. True to form, each concert is dedicated to a different charitable organization, and Salomé will help raise over $1 Million for our partner organizations during the tour!

The full list of concerts includes:

March 9th at 12:30PM, Mills Hall for Mills College
March 9th at 7PM, Church of St. Mary the Virgin for the Princeton Association of Northern California
March 10th at 5:30PM, City Club of San Francisco for San Francisco Suicide Prevention Services
March 12th at 2PM, Galaxy Theater for the Atascadero Library
March 13th at 10:30AM, Open Rehearsal at Dolphin Bay Resort for The Humane Society
March 13th at 6:30PM, Vino Robles for The San Luis Obispo Opera
March 14th at 4PM, Temple N’er Shalom for The Jewish Community Service of San Luis Obispo
March 16th at 3PM, Good Samaritan Hospital All Soul’s Chapel for their Music For Healing Program
March 17th at 6PM, Private Home for the LA Children’s Hospital
March 18th at 6PM, Peninsula Hotel Beverly Hills for The Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles

For more information about getting tickets to these concerts, please contact Yanni Burton at

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Salomé’s Spring 2013 Newsletter!

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Announcing the 2013 Salomé Young Artists Competition!

The Salomé Chamber Orchestra, New York’s electrifying and conductorless string orchestra, is announcing its first annual Young Artists Competition in 2013. The Salomé Competition will be open to violinists, violists, cellists and double bassists ages 18 and younger (as of October 1st, 2013), currently living in the United States. Eligible candidates must submit an application and audio CD by September 18th, 2013 with the Semi-final and Final Rounds being held in New York City on October 18th and 19th.

Applicants are required to perform one work from the standard repertoire (for violinists, the first movement of Mozart’s 5th Violin Concerto; for violists, the first movement of Hoffmeister’s Viola Concerto in D Major; for cellists, the first movement of Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C Major; for bassists, the first movement of Koussevitzky’s Concerto) as well as any work of their own choosing.

Once chosen from the preliminary round, applicants will compete in New York City at the Semi-Final and Final Rounds, the latter of which will be open to the public and include a ceremony and reception. Prizes will include a $3,000 Grand Prize, with the opportunity to perform with the Salomé Chamber Orchestra at a gala concert on a rare Italian instrument, cash prizes for First ($1,500), Second ($1,000), Third ($500), and Honorable Mention ($250) winners, and over a dozen cash Special Prizes including the “Audience Prize” and “Most Promising Young Artist Prize”.

The Jury Committee will be headed by star viola soloist and Artistic Director of the Salomé Chamber Orchestra, David Aaron Carpenter, and will include both acclaimed soloists and patrons of the arts.

The Salomé Young Artists Competition is graciously sponsored by Carpenter Fine Violins LLC, a leading international dealer of fine musical instruments based in New York City. The company is generously providing the Grand Prize Winner a rare Italian instrument (likely an Antonio Stradivarius) to perform on at the Salomé Gala concert in 2014.

The Salome Chamber Orchestra was co-founded three years ago by the Carpenter siblings, Lauren, Sean and David Aaron Carpenter. Hailed by the New York Times as “Crisp and polished,” it is comprised of the top graduates from the Curtis Institute, Juilliard, Princeton University, and Yale University. Salomé’s mission is to present classical music as relevant to today’s younger generations, while at the same time joining with philanthropic organizations to directly help those in need via charity concerts and events.

For a competition application, please click HERE or contact Lauren Sarah Carpenter at or (516) 353-3927. For more information about the Salomé Chamber Orchestra, please visit

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Announcing Thompson Hotels’ Sponsorship of Salome!

Check out the article featuring Salomé’s latest sponsor–the sleek and fabulous Thompson Hotel Group!

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Clarins Million Meals Concert Livestreamed!

For all you fans of Salomé who can’t make our May 30th extravaganza, you can share in the joy of the Clarins Million Meals Concert via Livestream!  The event will be at 8PM on Wednesday, May 30th and see us perform with John Legend, Natasha Bedingfield, Christoph Eschenbach, Alan Gilbert and David Aaron Carpenter!

Clarins Million Meals Concert Livestream

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Salomé Performs on MET Museum’s Instrument Collection

Members of Salomé, solo violist David Aaron Carpenter, violinist Sean Avram Carpenter, cellist Mihai Marica, and pianist Gabby Martinez recently performed on the Metropolitan Museum’s Instrument Collection!  This honor, so rarely bestowed upon instrumentalists, precedes Salomé’s residency at the MET during the 2012-2013 Season.

Here’s a sample of video footage of the momentous occasion!

David performing on the Pietro Giovanni Mantegazza Viola, Milan 1767

Sean performing on the “The Antonius” Stradivari Violin, Cremona 1711

Mihai performing Solo Bach on the Jean Baptiste Vuillaume Cello, Paris

Sean performing on “The Francesca” Antonio Stradivari Violin, Cremona 1694

Sean on “The Gould” Antonio Stradivari Baroque Violin, Cremona 1693

For all the videos, check out Salomé’s YouTube Channel!

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An Appraisal of Our Opening Concert by John Fleming

OCTOBER 11, 2011

Getting to Carnegie Hall

by John F. Fleming

Professor Emeritus, Princeton University

“How do you get to Carnegie Hall?”  You know the old joke question; you know also the answer: “Practice, practice, practice!”  I have found that in practice, however, for the talentless the N, Q, and R lines are a better bet.   So it was the Subway Route that took me there on Monday night for the Carnegie Hall début of the new Salomé Chamber Orchestra.

Among the pleasures of association with a great university are the opportunities to bask in the reflected glory of distinguished colleagues and to enjoy the varied and infinitely surprising talents of brilliant young people.  During the last decade of my active service at Princeton the University Orchestra under the leadership of Michael Pratt–a teacher-musician of great talent–reached a very high level of excellence.  I became a loyal fan, and all the more so since several of my own students played in it over the years.  About the time I was retiring there were three siblings named Carpenter, each of genius quality, among the string players.  Their pleasingly ecumenical given names were Sean Avram, Lauren Sarah, and David Aaron.  I never taught any of them in class, but I made the slight acquaintance of the latter two simply by being a groupie.  On a trip to Philadelphia to hear David Carpenter play the Walton viola concerto with the Philharmonic there I also met the young musicians’ charming mother.

A couple of subsequent pleasant experiences kept them in my mind; and my ears naturally pricked up when I heard that the three siblings, along with a group of other beautiful young people, were forming a chamber orchestra called Salomé, with David Aaron Carpenter as artistic director.  Naturally I showed up for opening night at Carnegie Hall.

When I got to the Weill Recital Room and examined the playbill, I noted with some interest that the program was divided more or less evenly between W. A. Mozart and Joseph Martin Kraus.  I should amend the narrative to say that I noticed this fact with interest and some alarm.  “Who,” I found myself blurting out to my neighbor, “Who is Kraus”?  My neighbor was an Asian-American woman of striking, mature beauty, and I immediately sensed that she was not particularly happy to be blurted out to by strange men.  But she answered quite civilly: “Kraus is the Finnish Mozart.  It says so right here.”  What the musical notes actually said, when I tardily read them, was this: “Very little is known about the music of Joseph Martin Kraus, a composer referred to as the ‘Swedish Mozart’ as he lived almost the exact same dates as his contemporary.

Ordinarily I don’t like this mode (“the gorgonzola of wines,” “the Ghengis Kahn of Shakespeare Scholars”) of comparison, because one is never sure what is actually meant.  And it can be worse.  Recently someone assured me with a straight face that “the Alfa Romeo is the Rolls Royce of cars”.   If you insist on using such comparisons, they should be reversible, and they rarely are.  I attended a small liberal arts college in Tennessee, Sewanee.  It was a good place, but its aspirations to excellence had seduced its more enthusiastic admirers to an uncautious bumper-sticker: “Sewanee: the Harvard of the South.”  Then, over the years, I began to have commerce with people at or associated with Harvard University.  Great was my disappointment to discover that not a single one of them thought of that institution as “the Sewanee of the North”.  Even the movie Amadeus, which did everything in its power to turn Mozart into a twit, stopped short of turning him into “the Austrian Joseph Martin Kraus”.

Nonetheless, as interpreted through the viola of David Carpenter, Kraus really is a Scandinavian Mozart.  (Actually, he was a German, but let it pass.)  And he is unlikely to remain so obscure in the future.  Somehow the Salomé came up with two very arresting pieces (a concerto for viola, cello, and orchestra and another simply for viola and orchestra) that so far as anyone knows had never before been played.  So not merely was I privileged to be present at the début of an exciting new musical ensemble, I was hearing the world premiere performances of two major works by Joseph Martin Kraus, aka the Swedish Mozart!

Saint Augustine found the emotional experience of listening to music so intense and passionate as to be morally hazardous.  I vaguely understand his concern.  The experience of the listener is probably always an unstable compound wrought of the objective laws of physics and private, subjective associations.  For such private and subjective reasons the viola solo, especially in its higher ranges, had for me come to be plangent, echoing with loss and regret.  Salomé and Kraus between them may have rescued me.

One most encouraging feature of the evening was the age and enthusiasm of the audience.  It was mainly composed of young people.  I suppose many of them were personal friends of the players, come out to lend support and encouragement for such a worthy initiative.  But the audience also clearly responded to a kind of “mission statement” on the group’s website: “New York City compels young adults to be at once adaptable, optimistic, multi-faceted and resourceful. At Salomé, we feel that the very survival and evolution of classical music within such a fast-paced, cosmopolitan environment requires a dynamic balance of novelty, tradition, and hard work.”  The evening’s final (pre-encore) piece was “Primavera Porteño” by Astor Piazzolla, the Monarch of Tango.  It was brilliant even without—dare I say especially without—the accordion!  Sort of like this— only better yet.



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Salomé’s Donor Match Challenge!

As Salomé just achieved 501c3 non-profit status last month, we just received word that an anonymous donor has agreed to match $10,000, dollar for dollar that we raise, for a kickstart fundraising campaign! We’re asking our friends and fans to consider supporting Salomé, not only because it is the fastest growing orchestra in NYC right now, but also because there are some *fantastic* benefits to joining at the various levels (in addition to your contributions being tax deductible).


We encourage everyone to check out our Support section for this exciting upcoming season–including World Premieres of works written in the 19th century at our Opening Night in Carnegie Hall, a string orchestra performance of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on Bach’s birthday at St. Bart’s Church, our first annual Young Artists Competition for string players under the age of 18, and collaborations with the FEED and Trevor Projects.  For all patrons under the age of 30, there’s also the Young Patrons of Salomé program which entitles you to free cocktail dance parties and private receptions.  And for all of you musicians, there are various tiers of patronage that will enable you to perform at Salon concerts with the incredible members of Salomé at Steinway Hall.


Of course, we welcome any corporate gift matching programs, so please consider that to get you to the next level of sponsorship!  Our goal is to create a viable artistic organization that promotes classical music to a younger demographic of audience members through collaboration with other non-profit organizations and innovative programming and your support–no matter how small or large your contribution–will help us achieve it!

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