Andrew Balio

Wisconsin native Andrew Balio was appointed as principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2001 by Yuri Temirkanov. He served as principal trumpet of the Oslo Philharmonic concurrently with his BSO duties in 2014/15. Prior to his arrival in Baltimore, he had been principal trumpet of the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta since 1994 and the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México since 1990, as well as the Boston Philharmonic. His solo debut was at age fifteen 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 has garnered much attention in the international press. For his work in this area, he was inducted in to the Academy of Philosophy and Letters, and he presented a paper during its last conference.

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, McGeegan, and Lintu. Recent years have included solo appearances in Lithuania, 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. His Carnegie Hall solo debut was with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra in a special concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy, many of which were Soviet émigrés.

As a teacher, Mr. Balio has taught master classes regularly in Russia, Poland, and Italy, the Conservatorio Nacional de México, as well as in Brazil, Chile, Scandinavia, Israel, Japan, and the United States. He has recorded for the Sony, RCA, Angel, Phillips, Naxos, and Teldec labels.

Mr. Balio will appear in concert with the Baylor Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Professor Stephen Heyde.