Carol Lieberman

Music Department

Associate Professor
D.M.A., Yale University

Fields: History, Baroque, Classical, Opera

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Office Phone: 508-793-2297
Office: Brooks 460
PO Box: 151A


Carol Lieberman has been one of the leading exponents of Baroque violin performance for three decades, and is equally well known for her performances of 19th and 20th century violin repertoire.  She has concertized throughout Europe and North and South America, and frequently performs for radio and television, including Radio Nacional Espana, Belgian Radio, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and National Public Radio.

Ms Lieberman performs as violinist of the Lieberman-Kroll Duo, the Early Music Ensemble of Boston, and is first violinist and founder of the Quartetto Tomasini, a period instrument string quartet.

The scope of Ms Lieberman’s versatility can be seen by her performances of the complete Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord of J.S. Bach, in such cities as Lisbon, Madrid, Rome, Boston and San Francisco, and her recordings of works by such twentieth century composers as Erno Dohnanyi, Andor Kovach, Shirish Korde, Elliott Carter and Olivier Messiaen.Her recordings have received the highest critical acclaim. Among her releases with Mark Kroll are the Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord of J.S. Bach which Stereo Review awarded the “Recording of Special Merit” noting that “Lieberman produces a beautifully focused, sweet sound that balances perfectly with the harpsichord.” She has also recorded a world premiere album of sonatas by Simon LeDuc, an album of sonatas of C.P.E. Bach and J.C. Bach, about which Atlantic Magazine wrote: “her playing is technically flawless and rhythmically vital”, and a compact disc of Schubert’s Three Sonatinas for Violin and Fortepiano.  Recordings of 20th century music include Carter's Riconoscenza, Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time,  Dohnanyi’s Sonata for Violin and Piano,  Serenade for String Trio, and the second Quintet for Piano and Strings, which was “....highly recommended” by Fanfare Magazine. She has also released a CD of the 1681 Sonate ˆ Violino Solo of H.I.F. von Biber. Her most recent releases have been on two CD’s of contemporary music made possible by grants from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc.

Ms Lieberman has been concerto soloist with the Boston Classical Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the CBC Festival Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Associazione Musicale Romana, the Belgrade Chamber Orchestra, Handel & Haydn Society, and the Masterworks Chorale, where she has served as concertmistress since 1980. Her concerto performances include Sibelius, Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn, Vivaldi and Bach, as well as all the Brandenburg Concerti at Symphony Hall in Boston, Boston University, and at the Connecticut Early Music Festival. She has appeared as guest artist with numerous summer festivals such as Grand Teton, Bay Chamber, Mostly Mozart and Radovljica in Slovenija.

Carol Lieberman received her DMA degree from Yale University, and her awards include a Fellowship at the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. She has been head of the string department at the University of Maine at Orono, and is currently Associate Professor of Music at the College of the Holy Cross where she is Director of the Holy Cross Chamber Players. She also served on the faculty of the Boston University Department of Historical Performance from 1978-2003, where she taught “modern” violin, Baroque violin and chamber music.


  • Introduction to Music
  • Paris: Music, Poetry, Painting 1889-1925
  • Music of the Baroque Era
  • From Opera to Broadway
  • Great Composers: Mozart
  • Mozart Operas (Honors)
  • Great Composers: Haydn
  • Masterpieces of Music (Chamber Music)
  • Senior Seminar
  • Fundamentals of Music


Olivier Messiaen, Quartet for the End of Time (movement 3) for violin, clarinet, cello and piano. (movement 7) 

  (Centaur Records CD) 2008
Heinrich Ignaz von Biber, Sonatae Violino Solo, 1681
                        (Centaur Records CD) 2000
Walter Piston, Sonatina for Violin and Harpsichord
                        (Albany Records) 2001 (see Copland Fund Grant below)
Elliott Carter, Riconscenza per Goffredo Petrassi for violin solo
                       (Neuma Compact Discs) 
Franz Schubert, Three Sonatinas for Violin and Fortepiano, 
(Newport Classic CD)
Shirish Korde, Chamber Piece for Six Soloists
                        (Neuma Compact Discs)
Erno von Dohnanyi, Sonata for Violin and Piano, Second Piano Quintet 
and Andor Kovach, Deux Mouvements 
(AFKA Compact Disc)
Erno von Dohnanyi, Serenade for String Trio opus 10 and Piano 
                        Quintet opus 26, (AFKA 290)
C.P.E. Bach and J.C. Bach, Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord
                        (Titanic 90)
J.S. Bach, Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord  (Titanic 33 & 34)
Simon LeDuc and C.P.E. Bach, Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord            
(AFKA Records  299)
"L'Homme Arme" (Music of War and Peace) with Boston Camerata (Erato MCE 75252)
J.M. Leclair, Six Sonatas for Two Violins opus 3 (Titanic Records, to be released)

Performing Ensembles

Holy Cross Chamber Players, 


Formed in 1985, the Holy Cross Chamber Players consists of members of the Holy Cross faculty and guest artists from the Boston and New York areas. We perform chamber music of four centuries, ranging from Baroque music on period instruments to contemporary music. Each year we perform a series of concerts in the John E. Brooks Concert Hall at Holy Cross, and programs include string quartets, piano trios, solo sonatas and other combinations.Brooks Concert Hall is an ideal space for listening to music, and is a center of performance activities at Holy Cross.


Lieberman/Kroll Duo

  This ensemble consists of Carol Lieberman, Violin and Mark Kroll, Harpsichord or Fortepiano.

Formed in 1969, the Lieberman/Kroll Duo has made numerous commercial recordings and perform in festivals throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. Our repertoire includes works of J.S. Bach, Francois Couperin, Domenico Scarlatti, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert and contemporary music by such composers as Walter Piston. We often expand the ensemble to include viola da gamba, flute, recorder and voice.