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Caroll Vanwelden Caroll Vanwelden

At the age of seven Caroll started her music training playing the classical piano. After a while, it became apparent she had a talent both for music and mathematics, two passions she would combine all through her student years. During her studies she took private courses with top Belgian jazz performer David Linx and the famous American jazz singer Judy Niemack. During that time, Caroll also worked together with the great Peter Girth at the Staatstheater of Darmstadt (Germany) where she wrote a dissertation on 'Artistic freedom or financial waste within the Performing Arts'.

After completing her engineering studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 1994, Caroll was determined to go forward and continue in her ambition as a musician. She enrolled at the music conservatory of Ghent, where she finished her candidature years and prepared for her entry- examination at the famous London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Artistic excellence and high quality performance lie at the heart of the Guildhall School's success and only a limited number of international students are accepted. She completed her postgraduate studies at the Guildhall where she graduated magna cum laude in 1998. During that time she worked together with the great Iranian conductor/composer Alexander Rahbari, who was leading the Belgian Philharmonic Orchestra of the National television broadcasting network at that time. Meanwhile, in 1996, while studying at the conservatory, she sang the role of Lauretta for the CD-release of the musical EXTASY which was written and produced by Alexander Rahbari. This CD was released in 1999 under the “Discover of Koch International” label. In 1997 Caroll participates at a TV music contest where she reached the finales with the song Calling You from the beautiful movie Bagdad Cafe. From September 1998 till September 1999, she was the fix singer for the Panasonic Technics keyboard demonstrations, with pianist Piet Meersschaut. Furthermore, she's lead singer on jazz and pop gigs in Belgium and abroad, big bands, gigs for service clubs like Lions and Rotary, Christmas- and musical concerts, weddings and receptions, backing vocals, fancy fairs, etc... and she teaches singing and music in some private schools (Clavissimo and Ozma).

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* Jazz Podium von Tobias Böcker ...Dabei ist die Musik sehr abwechslungsreich, mal eher dramatisch, mal eher straight, mal eher lyrisch........Es wirkt alles sehr stimmig und wohl dosiert. Bemerkenswert finde ich vor allem, wie sehr sich die Musik in die Shakespeare-Sonnette einfühlt, obwohl Jazz als Musikform ja erst driehundert Jahre später entstanden ist. * Recklinghäuser Zeitung von Christoph Giese “Sings Shakespeare Sonnets” ist ein modernes, zeitgemäßes Jazzalbum in Quartettbesetzung (...), das trotz historischer Zutaten taufrisch klingt.” * Concerto, Gerhard Strejcek 5/2012”Hier wird große Kunst auf Augenhöhe mit Norma Winstone, Diana Krall oder Randy Crawford geboten.” * BIT-Magazine von Jacques Ziegler Vorweg sei gesagt: dieses Album löst in vielerlei Hinsicht Erstaunen aus

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Primary Instrument

Voice / vocals

Willing to teach

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Album Cheek to Cheek by Caroll Vanwelden

Cheek to Cheek

Self Produced



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