Caroline Dowdle was born in South Africa and studied music at the University of Cape Town, where she was taught by the eminent chamber musician Lamar Crowson. There she qualified with a Masters in Music before moving to England to study at the Royal Northern College of Music as a solo pianist, under Renna Kellaway. She was awarded a fellowship in accompaniment at the college, a post she held for two years, before moving to London to begin her career as a freelance pianist.
Since then she has performed widely in Britain and Europe, giving recitals with singers such as the eminent baritones, Sir Thomas Allen and Simon Keenlyside, and instrumentalists at the South Bank and Wigmore Hall, London, in Paris for Radio France, in Vienna and in Moscow. She is a regular staff member on the Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and has led the Verbier Festival Vocal Academy in Switzerland for the last seven years. She performed in recital with Sir Thomas Allen in the Verbier Festival earlier this year. Caroline is co-director with Florence Daguerre du Hureaux, an eminent French coach, of the Academy of French Song and Opera, which held its second summer course near Toulouse this summer.
Caroline first became involved with Samling Masterclass in 2002 and they have been an important part of her year ever since. She has also taken part in both Samling Opera productions – Mozart’s Così fan tutte in 2005 and Don Giovanni in 2007 – both at Sage Gateshead and directed by Sir Thomas Allen and is the Music Director of Samling Academy.