Caroline Almonte

Masterclass Guest


Australian Pianist, Producer and Presenter, Caroline Almonte, has a reputation as a gifted, versatile and sensitive artist. She studied with Stephen McIntyre at the Victorian College of the Arts and Oxana Yablonskaya at the Juilliard School, New York. She has won numerous awards, including first prizes at the ABC Young Performer’s Awards and the International Chamber Music Competition in Italy “Trio di Trieste”.

Caroline gives regular solo and chamber music recitals around Australia and overseas. She has performed in the United States, Canada, UK, Italy, South America, Japan and China, including appearances at the Bologna Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Musica Viva’s Huntington Festival , Shanghai International Piano Festival and Teatro Colosseo Series in Buenos Aires,  and in Australia at the Melbourne and Perth International Festivals, and Townsville Chamber Music Festival.

Her many musical collaborations include working with members of the Australia Ensemble, the Australian String Quartet, Escher String Quartet, Flinders Quartet,  Emma Black, Sarah Chang, Daniel Hope, Caitlin Hulcup,  Yvonne Kenny, Ralph Kirschbaum, Ian Munro, Susie Park, Edith Salzmann,  Dimity Shepard,  Miki Tsunoda  - Duo Sol , Sutherland Trio and Pieter Wispelway.

Caroline’s recording career highlights for ABC Classics includes the Peggy Glanville Hicks “Etruscan” Piano Concerto with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, chamber and vocal music. In 2018, Pieter Wispelwey and Caroline Almonte were nominated for a Helpmann award for their performances of the complete works of Beethoven and Brahms Sonatas for cello and piano at the Melbourne Recital Centre.

In 2019, Caroline received the 2019 Australian Women in Music - Excellence in Classical music award.

Caroline, together with violinist Elizabeth Sellars and cellist Molly Kadarauch, is one of the founding members of the Sutherland Trio, in honour of Australia’s matriarch of Australian composition – Margaret Sutherland.

Alongside her stage performances, Caroline is passionate about working with young people and has been involved in several projects with the AYO, MYO and AMEB where she recorded and produced the solo piano series 17, 18 and piano for Leisure series 4. Caroline was also producer and program maker for ABC Classic FM.

Caroline has also completed residencies across nine universities in the U.S including the Indiana University, University of Michigan, University of Oregon, as well as the Banff Centre for the Arts, University of Auckland, Xiamen University and Shanghai Conservatory.

Caroline teaches piano and chamber music at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.  Caroline is also on the artistic committees for the Lyrebird Music Society and the Tait Foundation which  promotes Australian  musicians.