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Carol Colburn Grigor

Carol Colburn Grigor

Carol Colburn Grigor, previously Carol Hogel, is an American philanthropist and former concert pianist who has donated more than $40 million to the arts in Britain.[1]

Carol Colburn Grigor & Scottish film maker Murray Grigor

Carol Grigor was raised in Chicago. Her father Richard D. Colburn, an entrepreneur who loved classical music, made a fortune that now ranks the Colburn family as the 193rd richest in the US.[2] It donated to the arts and founded the Dunard Fund, which Colburn Grigor helps to run. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her support for the arts. She has been responsible for patronage of the Edinburgh International Festival, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Opera and the National Galleries of Scotland.[3]

Her father built a multimillion-dollar electrical company and was an amateur viola player. He was a director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the benefactor of the annual Colburn Celebrity Recitals, a co-founder of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and a generous backer of the Los Angeles Opera as well as other musical organizations in Los Angeles and worldwide. He also founded the Colburn School of performing arts in Los Angeles.[4][5]

Colburn Grigor, through her family trust, the Dunard Fund, has donated a substantial amount of money to causes ranging from the Edinburgh International Festival, National Galleries of Scotland, National Library of Scotland and Britain's major opera companies. She serves on the board of the Colburn School, and in 2015 established an endowed piano chair with a $5 million gift.[6] She is also the president of Colburn foundation.[7]

Major orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, the Scottish Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra have benefited from her support. She has also made a major contribution to the UK arts.

Carol Colburn Grigor performed in Edinburgh as a touring concert pianist. She was honored by being appointed as honorary vice-president of the Edinburgh International Festival in 2013.[5] Grigor is involved in a proposal to turn Edinburgh's Old Royal High School into a music school, rather than re-developing it as a hotel.[8]

She is a recipient of the Prince of Wales' medal for arts philanthropy[9] and the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.[5] In 2018 she was elected a Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.[10]


  1. Gelder, Lawrence Van., Angry American Donor Is Leaving Britain., The New York Times., NY. Published: April 2, 2008.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-08-21. Retrieved 2017-08-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. Cramb, Auslan., Non-dom tax forces out £20m arts backer., The Telegraph., Scotland. Published: April 2, 2008.
  4. Luther, Claudia. "Richard D. Colburn, 92; Major Benefactor of the Musical Arts in L.A." Los Angeles Times.
  5. Miller, Phil (10 August 2013). "Festival's tribute to generous donor who shuns the limelight". The Herald Scotland. Retrieved 8 September 2015.
  6. Ng, David (12 February 2015). "Colburn School gets $5 million for new piano professor chair". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  7. "Colburn Foundation".
  8. 'Red line' warning over Edinburgh's Royal High School hotel plan, The Scotsman, 21 August 2017)
  9. Cornwell,Tim., Tim Cornwell's Diary: Local Hogel given Prince's arts medal., The Scotsman., Edinburgh., Published: 28 November 2008
  10. "Mrs Carol Colburn Grigor CBE HonFRSE - The Royal Society of Edinburgh". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
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