Andrew Balio


Principal Trumpet

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Member, AFM Local 40-543

Wisconsin native Andrew Balio was appointed as Principal Trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2001 by Yuri Temirkanov. He recently served as principal trumpet of the Oslo Philharmonic concurrently with his BSO duties in 2014/15. In 2019, he was guest principal trumpet of the Chicago Symphony and in 2020, the Hong Kong Philharmonic. 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.

In 2014, he launched The Future Symphony Institute, an online think tank to examine the complexities of making symphony orchestras financially viable while preserving their artistic mission. The website has garnered much attention in the international press. For his work in this area, he was invited in to the Academy of Philosophy and Letters as a board member and has presented papers during its conferences.

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