Caroline Almonte

Caroline Almonte is an Australian Pianist, Producer and Presenter.

She studied with Stephen McIntyre at the VCA and  Oxana Yablonskaya at the Juilliard School, New York. She has won numerous awards, including 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 Canada,China, Italy, Japan, South America, U.K and the United States , appearing at the Bologna Festival,  Edinburgh International Festival and Shanghai International Piano Festival Festival and Teatro Colosseo Series.

In Australia performances include Melbourne and Perth International Festivals, Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville featuring a live broadcast of the Bach Goldberg Variations and Musica Viva’s Huntington Estate Festival.

Her many musical collaborations include working with members of the Australia Ensemble, the Australian String Quartet, Escher String Quartet, Flinders Quartet, Yvonne Kenny, Ralph Kirschbaum, Ian Munro, Li Wei, Miki Tsunoda  – Duo Sol, Pieter Wispelway, Susie Park,  Daniel Hope and Sarah Chang.

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.

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

Alongside her stage performances, Caroline continues a prolific teaching career and is passionate about working with young people. She teaches piano and chamber music at the University of Melbourne and has been involved in several projects with the AYO, MYO and AMEB where she recorded and produced the recent solo piano series and was a producer and program maker for ABC Classic FM.

Caroline’s recording career for ABC Classics includes the Peggy Glanville Hicks “Etruscan” Piano Concerto with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra , Duo Sol and a recording of English Songs with Yvonne Kenny. She was delighted to support the HUSH music Foundation, performing Nigel Westlake’s ‘Diving with George’ with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.

Caroline has completed residencies at the University of Auckland and Shanghai Conservatory, including performances with the Shanghai Philharmonic , Xiamen Philharmonic and the Fujian Symphony Orchestras.

Caroline teaches piano and chamber music at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School.