Carolina Folmer holds a Master of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Classical Guitar Performance from the College of Charleston, South Carolina, and the National Conservatory of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is certified in the Suzuki Guitar Method levels 1-8(6) and is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.
In Argentina she was a disciple of Graciela Pomponio de Martinez-Zárate and Walter Ujaldón. In the US her main teachers have been Grammy-nominated Professor Marc Regnier and Professor René Izquierdo. Over the years, Carolina has been coached and participated in master classes by famed guitarists such as Eduardo Fernández, Roland Dyens, Pablo Márquez, Benjamin Verdery, Cacho Tirao, Lorenzo Micheli, and many others. Her Suzuki Method teacher trainers were Mary Lou Roberts, David Madsen and Andrea Cannon.
Ms. Folmer is an active participant in workshops and events in Argentina and the US. She has been a guest clinician at Northern Illinois University (2014) and DePaul University (2012). Carolina is also devoted to bringing quality musical training to inner city school children; helping to create identity in Hispanic communities through music and folk songs. Many of her former students have won first prizes and “Exemplary State Soloist Award” at the Wisconsin School Music Association’s competitions, won scholarships to Interlochen Arts Academy, and several are now pursuing academic careers in music.
Carolina Folmer is a recipient of the 2014 Suzuki Association of the Americas Scholarship. She performs Latin American repertoire with Peruvian violinist Cecilia Pinto and has won the 2015 first prize for original poetry in Spanish at the VIII International Poetry Festival: Poesía en Abril.
“Carolina Folmer…played with stunning expertise both tango rhythms and the slow and contemplative music that makes you want to cry and then go kiss somebody…” The Post & Courier, SC