Guest Artists/Special Events

Gunhild Carling Biography

Gunhild Carling (born 7 May 1975) is a Swedish jazz musician and multi- instrumentalist. Carling became known for her 20 July 2010 performance at Allsång på Skansen. The same year she became an expert commentator for Dansbandskampen at SVT. Gunhild can play: Trombone, Bagpipes, Trumpet, Recorder, Accordion and will often showcase all of her skills in one song, sometimes casually breaking into a tap dance and singing the roof off. Carling competed as a celebrity dancer in Let's Dance 2014 on TV4 placing third. She's featured with Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox version of 'Never Going to Give You Up' sampling multiple instruments.

Gunhild performed for Sweden’s Got Talent in 2017 and this year she is currently on America's Got Talent season in 2019


  • 1985 - The Louis Armstrong Scholarship
  • 2006 - Kobe Jazz Street Award
  • 2009 - The SKAP Scholarship
  • 2009 – The Anita O'Day Award
  • 2010 - Malmö Stads Glädjespridare
  • 2011 – Honorary citizenship in Eslöv, Sweden
  • 2014 – Scanian of the Year
  • 2016 - The Thore Ehrling Scholarship
“I have never seen a band so hot that a room full of 500 dancers stopped dancing just to listen!” Hep Cat reviews

Elizabeth Pitcairn Biography

Elizabeth Pitcairn (born December 5, 1973) is an American classical violinist and heiress to the PPG fortune. She has concertized widely as a soloist and is noted for performing on the 1720 Red Mendelssohn Antonio Stradivari violin that is said to have inspired the film The Red Violin.

Pitcairn was born into a musical family in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Her mother, cello player Mary Eleanor (Brace) Pitcairn, received a master's degree from Juilliard. Her father Laren Pitcairn trained to be an opera singer. Her younger brother David played cello, though makes his living as an aerospace engineer. Her great- grandfather, John Pitcairn (January 19, 1841 – July 22, 1916), founded the Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company. Her grandfather was the Rev Theodore Pitcairn of Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. She is the great-niece of Harold and Raymond Pitcairn.

Elizabeth began the violin at age three and performed her first concerto with orchestra at 14. Her path led her to study violin in Los Angeles with Robert Lipsett at the USC Thornton School of Music. Pitcairn taught at USC Thornton School of Music for 10 years as an assistant adjunct professor. She is no longer a member of the distinguished faculty at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. While studying at USC, Pitcairn was a member of Gamma Phi Beta sorority.

She performs in partnership with the "Red Mendelssohn" Violin (Stradivarius 1720). Her grandfather purchased it as a gift to her in 1990 (for a reported $1.7 million) at auction at Christie's London. It is this auction that is said to have inspired the movie The Red Violin, which won the Academy Award for best musical score in 1999. She is one of few soloists who perform the Red Violin Chaconne, for which composer John Corigliano won his Oscar. Pitcairn appears on the 10th anniversary edition of The Red Violin - Meridian Collection DVD in a special feature documentary interview.

Elizabeth is the President and Artistic Director of the Luzerne Music Center and Chamber Music Festival in Lake Luzerne, New York. On her tours, she also makes time for school visits and gives university masterclasses. Recently[when?] Pitcairn demonstrated the violin to high school students at Lake George Central School in Upstate New York as part of an effort to grow interest in the musical arts. Pitcairn champions new music, and commissioned a violin concerto from one of Sweden's leading composers, Tommie Haglund, titled Hymns to Night. She premiered this work with the Swedish Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra in 2005, and the concert was broadcast throughout Sweden. The work was nominated for a 2011 Swedish Grammy. She performed for the international press at Christie's of New York, which invited her to demonstrate another Stradivarius, and gave interviews to CNN, CNBC, Fox News, Reuters, WNYC-FM, Scotland's Radio Sound, The Associated Press and The New York Times.