“Carol Baron’s interpretive Art, Virtuoso Technique,
unquestionable musicality temperament and deeply felt renditions are
She received standing ovations at her concerts in the G.D.R. to enthusiastic
audiences. She sang her encores, 5 Arias by Puccini, Grieg, Mozart and
Schubert which proved she is an equally accomplished singer”. November,
6th 1986 - Ziana. Berlin Music Critic.
Carol Baron, born in Mufulira, Zambia, began piano lessons with her music
teacher mother. She added violin and singing lessons. At 13 years of age she
had musical debut with the S.A.B.C. Orchestra in South Africa, in
She attended Kingsmead College in Johannesburg and had lessons with lsidor
Epstein and Adolf Hallis.
After getting her Music Degrees U.P.L.M & U.T.L.M., she won a
Scholarship to Cape Town University where she studied with Harold Rubens and
Doris Lardner and received her B.MUS. AND L.R.S.M. Degrees(Performers and Teachers) and then went to London where she was
with the H .Fellowship of the Trinity College of London (F.TC.L.)
In 1961 she continued her studies in Italy with Renata Borgatti in Rome and
Arturo Benedetti Michaelangeli in Bolzano, Northern Italy.
She was the pianist in the Piano Trio-“Trio Clasico” with
Eusebio Ibarra (Past Sarasate Violin prize winner) and Antonio Campos
(International Spanish Musician).
She married Bernard Thompson and settled in Harare in 1966. She has 3 children
Gary, Kimberley and Darren.
She has toured the Far East and China, played in the Soviet Union (1982) and
was Guest Artist in the G.D.R. October 1986, and the United States and Europe
She was the first person from the whole of AFRICA to play in the Soviet
Union, G.D.R., Far East and China.
Carol Baron International Concert Pianist, child
prodigy and winner of six Gold Medals in Open Competition.
Studied under Harold Rubens, Adolph Hallis and Isidor Epstein in
Carol Baron continued her studies in Italy under Arturo Benedetti-Michaelangeli
and Renate Borgatti.
Carol Baron, 2nd generation Zimbabwean, holds several music degrees (D.MUS,
FTCL, LRSM, L.T.C.L. UPLM, U.T.L.M.)
She had her own Radio Programme for 2 years in Zimbabwe where she played and
sang and gave music appreciation classes on the air.
She has appeared in Opera and is a very versatile musician.
Carol Baron’s career only matured in the 1980’s due to the isolation of the
then Rhodesia and her first tour was informal performances in the United
States, playing to selected audiences in Washington, New York, Michigan, Cedar
Falls, Iowa and Newport News in Virginia in 1982.
In 1983 Miss Baron was the first pianist from Africa to he invited to
play in the Peoples Republic of China and was given rave reviews by the
Chinese Critic in Beijing and by the Director of the Shanghai Conservatoire
where Miss Baron gave a Master Class and Recital.
Miss Baron was invited to the Soviet Union by Professor Mikhail Vokresensky,
Senior Profession, of Piano at Moscow State Conservatoire and a concert
pianist in his own right, who had heard her play in Zimbabwe, and she gave
outstanding recital performances in UFA and Recital and Concerto performances
in Kazan and in the Great Hall of Leningrad, where she was given the Honour of
Opening the Winter Music Season.
She played Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto Op 58 in G Major and
all the critics gave all her performances rave notices. Miss Baron’s second
Tour of the Soviet Union was in 1988 where she played in Moscow, Kiev, Tallin,
Riga and Leningrad and the Southern States of the Soviet Union.
In October1986 Miss Baron had another successful tour of the then German
Democratic Republic of Germany (G.D.R.), playing in Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden,
Karl Marxstadt, Magdaburg, Gentin and Augustusburg and her second Tour was
confirmed for 20-30 January 1989, where she performed Solo Recitals and Piano
Concertos with Orchestra.