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Edward Carroll

Edward Carroll
Trumpet Faculty

Teaching Statement

Edward Carroll prefers to find and expand the original voice of each of his students while exploring the wonders and excitement of a wide range of music together.


Edward Carroll’s long and distinguished career has taken many twists and turns. It began as an orchestral musician at age 21 with his appointment to the Houston Symphony, detoured back to Juilliard and New York City as a trumpet soloist making over 20 recordings on the Sony, Vox, MHS, and Newport Classic labels and performing with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, matured as he conducted his first concerts, detoured once again as he fulfilled a lifelong dream of moving to Europe assuming the position of principal trumpet of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, embarked on what has become a distinguished teaching career and now, in the final quarter of his musical journey, returned to his life-long passion of conducting. Edward Carroll’s recordings conducting the Metamorphosis Ensemble of London (Cantoris) and Chamber Soloists of Washington (Sony) have received critical acclaim. He has visited Peru many times in the past, conducting the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional Juvenil, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Arequipa.

Mr. Carroll has served on the faculties of the Rotterdam Conservatory, London’s Royal Academy of Music, McGill University, the California Institute of the Arts, and the trumpet, conducting, and chamber music faculty of the Bard Conservatory, serving also as Brass Advisor to The Orchestra Now (TON). He has performed with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Bernard Haitink, Valery Gergiev, James Conlon, Esa-Pekka Salonen, and Simon Rattle in concert halls around the world, listing Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Grosser Musikvereinssaal, Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, and Tokyo’s Suntory Hall amongst his favorites. He has appeared as a soloist with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, the London Sinfonietta, Virtuosi di Roma, the Gulbenkian Orchestra of Lisbon, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and a variety of North American orchestras.

In addition to teaching and conducting, Edward Carroll is currently the director of the Center for Advanced Musical Studies ( where he presents annual seminars with his friends such as Hakan Hardenberger, John Wallace, Tom Stevens, Dave Bilger, Markus Stockhausen, Pacho Flores, Jeroen Berwaerts, Marco Blaauw, Mark Gould, Christian Wolff, Colin Currie, and Steve Reich.