Wisconsin native Andrew Balio was appointed as Principal Trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2001 by Yuri Temirkanov. He is presently serving as principal trumpet of the Oslo Philharmonic concurrently with his BSO duties. Prior to his arrival in Baltimore, he had been principal trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta since 1994 and the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico since 1990, as well as the Boston Philharmonic. His solo debut was at age 15 with the Milwaukee Symphony playing the Haydn Concerto. His teachers included Charles Schlueter, Adolph Herseth, Roger Voisin, and Gene Young.
He and his wife Laura recently launched The Future Symphony Institute, an online think tank to examine the complexities of making symphony orchestras financially viable while preserving their artistic mission. Their website is www.futuresymphony.org.
As a soloist, Mr. Balio has appeared in Europe, South America, Japan, and the United States under such conductors such as Mehta, Temirkanov, Rozdestvensky, Herbig, Venzago, and Lintu. This past year has included solo appearances in Russia, Italy, and Brazil as well as the release of his first solo recording for Naxos, the Weinberg Trumpet Concerto with the St Petersburg Symphony.
As a teacher, Mr. Balio has taught master classes regularly in Russia, Poland, 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.