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Andrew Balio

Andrew Balio
Andrew Balio is the Principal Trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Principal Trumpet of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and founder of the Future Symphony Institute. His recording of Mieczyslaw Weinberg's Trumpet Concerto is available from Naxos Records.
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Classical music is born of the accumulating wisdom of the ages, with a canon that represents, like all canons, the mind of a civilization. And yet we have not learned to articulate our own defense... Today’s offering in our Timeless Essay series affords readers the opportunity...
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In the second part of this series, I introduced the theme of Creativity as perhaps the most persistent of the ideas inspiring the reformation of our institutions of higher music education. The fact that “music study has long been predicated...
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In the first part of this series, I acknowledged the growing consensus that there is something wrong with higher music education today, and I discussed Entrepreneurship as the first of three themes around...
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Since at least the 1920s, America has done a fine job of nurturing its budding classical musicians within a large and well-funded network of conservatories that function either as independent institutions or as colleges within larger...
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It may be the greatest challenge facing those who love classical music in our modern age is the one facing those who do not also love Beauty. Those who reject the idea of Beauty, who deny its value, or...
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In the first part of this series, I acknowledged that there may be something wrong with the pursuit of luxury as exclusionary and materialistic, and that orchestras, at least, are right to be suspicious of it. But...
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It shouldn't surprise up that orchestras are distancing themselves from the idea of luxury. We generally, and perhaps rightly, sense that there is something wrong with it. The most obvious reason is the uncomfortable fact that luxury represents a category...
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The Vienna Musikverein Hot on the heels of what was surely disappointing news for Maris Jansons and Munich’s musical community—that, despite their protracted efforts, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra will not be getting a much-needed new hall—came...
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As I sat on the front steps of our downtown row house writing this essay, police and National Guard helicopters circling overhead, several dejected neighbors came by to chat with me about the sorrowful setback our city has suffered....
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Andrew Balio Professional trumpeter Andrew Balio explains how to save the symphony orchestra . . . and classical music itself. I founded the Future Symphony Institute as a think tank, modeled on the...
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Sed me Parnasi deserta per ardua dulcis raptat amor. 1 —Virgil Perhaps our modern world is not so far gone as yet, but it is easy for us to imagine the painful longing in Petrarch’s heart...