Carter Muller is a young Dutch American classical pianist and aspiring conductor. He was born in Amsterdam on May 30th 2001. When he was seven his family moved to Seattle where he received his first piano lessons from his grandmother, Aimee Krol. It was love at first sight with the piano. After a few weeks he exclaimed: I am a pianist, it's in my blood! Since then music has been the most important aspect of his life.
In addition to regular performances on the big stage, Carter has also performed several times on national television and radio. He was featured in the NTR documentary Nieuwe Meesters and played live on the late night show Pauw en Witteman. He participated in a chamber music project with members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, with whom he gave several performances of the first piano quartet by Mozart. In November 2014 Carter gave a solo performance at Lang Lang's concert in the Royal Concert Hall in Amsterdam. In April 2016 het gave his solo debut with the Sinfonia Rotterdam Orchestra. In February 2017 he garnered the attention of Dutch national media when he organized a concert as a school project in the Philharmonie in Haarlem in which he gave a solo piano performance and conducted symphonic works with an ensemble of young talents that he arranged himself.
As a nine year old Carter became a student of the renowned Dr. Peter Mack, Professor of Piano Performance at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. After he moved back to the Netherlands in 2011 he was a student of Marjes Benoist at the Sweelinck Academy, the national academy for young talent of the Conservatory of Amsterdam. In May 2016 he started studying with Nino Gvetadze. In 2015 he also joined a conducting program at the Nederlandse Junior Dirigeer Academie with Taco Kooistra and in November 2015 he was admitted to the Imola Piano Academy Eindhoven.
Carter has received master classes from Frank Heneghan, Charles Watt, Marlies van Ghent, Willem Brons, David Kuyken, Mila Baslawskaja, Igor Roma, Enrico Pace, Boris Petrushansky, Riccardo Risaliti, Dina Joffe, Jin Ju and Natalia Trull.
In 2010 Carter won second prize at the International Bach Festival of Seattle and second prize at the Russian Composer Festival. In 2012 he was awarded first prize at the Young Musician of the Year competition of the Royal Concertgebouw Open. In early 2013 he won second prize at the Princess Christina Concours Junior, a national competition for young musical talents. In 2013 and 2015 he made it to the semifinals of his age bracket at the Young Pianist Festival’s International Piano Competition in Amsterdam. In the spring of 2015 he came in second place at the Princess Christina Concours West. In November 2016 he won the title Classic Young Master during the "Meesterproef" in De Doelen. The prize includes a two year support trajectory by the Classic Young Masters Foundation.
Carter is currently in his senior year at the Stedelijk Gymnasium in Haarlem. Besides playing the piano and conducting Carter enjoys listening to rap music and following American football.