A native of Colleyville, Texas, violinist Stirling Trent has performed as concertmaster for three orchestras in his home state since 2004: the Garland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Arlington, and the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra. He regularly appears as soloist with regional orchestras, and has an active interest in chamber music. Currently, he is working toward his Master’s degree at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, where his principal teacher is Midori Goto.
Notable concert appearances by Stirling Trent include Live from Lincoln Center with Itzhak Perlman, as well as a series at Carnegie Hall in 2003 in which he was concertmaster for the New York String Orchestra under Jaime Laredo. Mr. Trent has won numerous awards, including Grand Prizes from the Texas Association of Symphony Orchestras’ Juanita Miller Competition, the Dallas Symphonic Festival, and the Hubbard Chamber Music Festival. In 1999, he received the inaugural Bayard Friedman Award for an Outstanding Student in the Performing Arts. His international competition experience includes the Sixth Quadrennial International Violin Competition in Indianapolis, the Geneva International Music Competition, and the Queen Elisabeth Competition for violinists in Brussels, Belgium.
A respected young musician, he has had lessons and master classes from Charles Avsharian, David Cerone, Pamela Frank, Ida Kavafian, Jaime Laredo, Cho-Liang Lin, Elmar Oliveira, Itzhak Perlman, Arnold Steinhardt, and Pinchas Zukerman; he has also worked with members of such renowned chamber groups as the Emerson, Fine Arts, Guarneri and Tokyo string quartets.
Mr. Trent is a graduate of The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Itzhak Perlman. In addition to his Bachelor’s degree from Juilliard, he studied for many years with Jan Mark Sloman, the Associate Principal Concertmaster of the Dallas Symphony, and earned an Artist Certificate from Southern Methodist University.