Carol Gimbel - Founding Director | Violist
Carol Gimbel is the founding director of Music in the Barns, the visionary concert series, ensemble and storefront studio in Toronto, Ontario, known for high impact, experiential concerts in the 7,500 sq. ft repurposed performance venue, the Artscape Wychwood Barns. Taking a highly-curatorial approach to concert creation, she pushes the boundaries of traditional chamber music performances, drawing inspiration from art installation and theatre.
Carol was the co-curator and branding consultant for the inaugural season of Toronto Summer Music Festival's Shuffle Concerts, and has co-created events for the Canadian Music Centre’s New Music in New Places Festival, at the Drake Hotel, and upcoming at the Jam Factory.
Carol is published in the Journal of the Canadian Viola Society and Canada Arts Connect Online, and has spoken on panels a the International Viola Congress in Los Angeles and Toronto’s Salon 21. Gimbel is a graduate of the Shepherd School of Music (Rice University) and the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music (Canada), as a student of Steven Dann, Martha Strongin-Katz and Roberto Diaz. She currently works closely with her mentor Burton Kaplan (Manhattan School of Music), and hosts his yearly workshop and development weekend for musicians in Toronto.
Carol’s performance career has taken her around the world and she has performed with the Canadian Opera Company, Symphony Nova Scotia, Dan Taylor’s Theatre of Early Music, Esprit Orchestra and David Amram. She performs on a viola made for her in 1995 by Gabrielle Kundert, a copy of a 1776 Giovanni Batistta Guadagnini.