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Wisconsin native, Andrew Balio was appointed as Principal Trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2001 by Yuri Temirkanov. Prior orchestral appointments include Principal Trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta since 1994 and the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico since 1990, in addition to the Boston Philharmonic. He has also been a guest soloist with The Bergen Philharmonic of Norway. His solo debut was at age fifteen with the Milwaukee Symphony, playing the Haydn Concerto. His teachers included Charles Schlueter, Adoph Herseth, Roger Voisin and Gene Young.
As a soloist, Mr. Balio has appeared throughout Europe, South America, Japan and the United States under such conductors as Mehta, Temirkanov, Rozdestvensky, and Herbig. This past year he has given solo performances in Russia, Italy and Brazil. This coming year he will premiere a concerto being written for him by Sergey Yevtushenko at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg Russia. The 2005-2006 season saw the premier of Cuban composer Dafnis Prieto’s new work for trumpet and percussion as well as combining forces with the computer graphics department of the Maryland Institute College of Art to create a multi-media work based on Norwegian composer Ketil Hvoslef’s Tromba Solo, Toru Takemitsu’s Paths and Otto Ketting’s Intrada.
As a teacher, Mr. Balio has taught master classes regularly in Russia and Italy, the Conservatorio Nacional of Mexico as well as in Brazil, Chile, Scandanavia, Israel, Japan and the United States. He has recorded for the Sony, RCA, Angel, Phillips and Teldec labels. In 2006, he founded Futuresymphony.org, an online think tank to examine innovative ways of making symphony orchestras financially viable while preserving their artistic mission.