Daniel Cariaga of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “Carver makes musical thought manifest.” Extremely gifted and versatile, Lucinda Carver enjoys a prominent career as pianist, harpsichordist and conductor. As music director and conductor of the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra from 1992-2001, Carver garnered critical praise for her interpretations of music from the Classical era. 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, Pacific and Richmond symphonies and the Brooklyn and Hong Kong philharmonics. She has conducted at major music festivals, including Wolf Trap, Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival and the Philharmonic Society of Orange County’s Eclectic Orange Festival.
Active in both the symphonic and operatic arenas, she 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. Carver and the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra made two critically acclaimed recordings on the RCM label, featuring Haydn Symphonies Nos. 43 & 48 and Mozart Symphonies Nos. 17, 29 and 34. She led the orchestra on two North American tours, highlights of which were featured on “CBS Sunday Morning.”
Carver is also highly acclaimed as a pianist and harpsichordist. As a Fulbright Fellow to Austria she concertized extensively throughout Europe. She has performed as soloist with the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara chamber orchestras, Pacific Symphony, Musica Angelica, Capella Salisburgensis, Los Angeles and Manhattan philharmonics and frequently took the dual role of soloist/conductor in Mozart piano concertos with the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra. Carver has been featured in solo and chamber music recitals at the Carmel Bach, San Luis Obispo Mozart and Prince George Music festivals. Her performances have been broadcast across the United States on National Public Radio and locally on KUSC and KMZT.
Carver earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the USC Thornton School of Music, an Artist Diploma from the Salzburg ‘Mozarteum’ and a Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music. Her teachers include pianists Murray Perahia, Gary Graffman, Hans Leygraf and John Perry; arpsichordist Malcolm Hamilton and conductors Gustav Meier and William Schaefer. In 1998, she joined the faculty at the USC Thornton School of Music where she teaches piano, harpsichord and conducting.