After moving to the United Kingdom in 2005 to study at the Purcell School, Carson completed his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he worked with Tatiana Sarkissova. Following studies in London, he completed his master’s degree (M.Phil.) in performance and musicology at the University of Oxford, made possible by the generous support of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation of Canada. Through his master’s degree, He studied the piano privately with Hinrich Alpers in Berlin with the support of the University of Oxford’s Conway Scholarship program.
Currently, Carson is reading for his doctorate (D.Phil.) in music at Magdalen College, University of Oxford. Carson’s doctoral studies are generously supported by the Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund. His research concerns the role of the piano in the life and work of Richard Strauss. Alongside his research on Strauss, he is working on a multi album project to record Strauss’s early piano, chamber, and vocal music. Carson is also on staff at the Purcell School of Music, where he teaches musicianship.