Play It Forward – Maggie Carter

Music that inspires All Classical Portland’s Youth Artist in Residence, Maggie Carter.

Meet Double Bassist, Maggie Carter. All Classical Portland’s 2022 Youth Artist in Residence.
Recently we asked Maggie what pieces of music have inspired her to become the musician she is today. Here are a few of Maggie’s selections.

Elgar Cello Concerto, Jacqueline De Pre

“This recording of Elgar was the first piece of classical music which I listened to so many times that I knew it from beginning to end.  It has also led to a meaningful and lifelong love for Jacqueline du Pre and her music—a love which has spurred me on strive for her level of musicality and passion in my own playing.”

Mahler, Symphony No.5 Adagietto

“This love song, written by Mahler for his wife Alma, is the piece I listen to most while waiting for audition results.  Regardless of good or bad results, I love this piece always.”

Dvorak, Symphony No.9

“On December 31, 2020, at the close of a year which for so many had been full of indescribable loss, Dvorak’s Ninth Symphony was announced as the winner of All Classical Portland’s Classical Countdown.  The hope that rushed through me as I listened to this symphony in the last moments of 2020 is forever imprinted on my mind, and I can never listen to this symphony without remembering the power and significance of that night.”

Granados, Valses Poeticos

“This was the first significant work that I studied with my current beloved piano teacher, Maria Garcia, and since then I have come to love many other works by Granados.  This one remains first in my heart, however.’

Johann Sebastian Bach, Cello Suite 1

“In the midst of all the uncertainty that surrounded summer 2020, I spent countless hours delving deep into this suite and exploring its harmonies and various possible interpretations.  It became in a way my lifeline in that difficult season.’

Meet Maggie

Maggie Carter began double bass lessons at age nine with former Oregon Symphony bassist Nina DeCesare and currently studies with Jordan Anderson, Principal Bass of the Seattle Symphony. She is in her fourth year in the Portland Youth Philharmonic, where she is the Principal Bassist. Also, a serious pianist, she in her eighth year of piano studies. In 2019 Maggie won the International Society of Bassists 14-and-under Solo Competition. She was the first prize winner of the 2020 Oregon Mozart Players Young Soloists Competition and the 2021 Oregon ASTA Solo Competition. In 2019 and 2021, Maggie was the runner-up in the PYP Concerto Competition and recently performed Bottesini’s Double Bass Concerto No. 2 with Camerata PYP. Maggie attended Boston University Tanglewood Institute this summer. She has performed for double bassists such as Edgar Meyer, Paul Ellison, François Rabbath, and John Clayton, among many others.

Hear Maggie’s Episode of On Deck with Young Musicians from November 28th, 2020.