Andrew Balio

About Andrew Balio

Andrew Balio is 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.

A Candid Conversation With Architect Allan Greenberg

By |2019-05-09T11:09:39-05:00September 28th, 2018|Categories: Architecture, Liberal Arts, Music|

Editor's Note: Andrew Balio of the Future Symphony Institute interviews architect Allan Greenberg, whose  philosophy of "canonical classicism" challenges the postmodernist school of architecture.  ANDREW BALIO: Among America’s music schools, Rice University’s Shepard School of Music is one of the standouts, up there with Curtis, Yale, and Julliard. And both Julliard’s and Yale’s areas of greatest [...]

Site & Sound, Size & Scale: How to Build Humane Concert Halls

By |2020-01-02T12:14:22-06:00June 21st, 2018|Categories: Architecture, Books, Culture, Music|

We spend so much time in these giant buildings—shopping malls, monstrous office complexes, big box stores. Classical music should bring people together in a more social, intimate way. We’re hoping to design the whole concert experience from the beginning to be smaller. It’s about shrinking the scale, bringing classical music into the human scale… There [...]

Building Communities With Music

By |2019-12-17T15:31:50-06:00April 6th, 2018|Categories: Beauty, Community, Culture, Music|

Classical music must find its place in love—love of home, of community, of neighbor, and of the culture that binds all these things together. In all but the most exceptional cases, our orchestras won’t survive if they don’t get this part right… Editor’s Note: This essay was presented as the opening address at the Future [...]

Saving Classical Music: A Return to Tradition

By |2017-04-17T09:39:13-05:00March 5th, 2017|Categories: Conservatism, Featured, Music, Timeless Essays|

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 to join Andrew Balio as he explains how we [...]

The Difference Between Artistic & Musical Education

By |2015-12-31T18:41:46-06:00January 2nd, 2016|Categories: Art, Beauty, Music, Truth|

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 on the subordination of creativity to technical proficiency and interpretive performance” masquerades as an accusation—or at least as weighty [...]

Should Musicians Be Social Activists?

By |2015-12-23T08:36:14-06:00December 23rd, 2015|Categories: Beauty, Culture, Music, Truth|

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 which the most enthusiastic and popular suggestions for reform seem to converge. In this installment, I will address the second and introduce [...]

Should Musicians Be Entrepreneurs?

By |2016-01-26T17:43:12-06:00December 16th, 2015|Categories: Art, Beauty, Featured, Modernity, Music|

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 universities. The grand venture of transplanting this pinnacle of European artistic achievement into the fertile soil of the New World [...]

The Persistence of Beauty

By |2017-08-22T14:18:51-05:00August 12th, 2015|Categories: Beauty, Featured, Modernity, Music|

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 who relegate it to meaninglessness—as in fact so many of today’s most vocal proponents of classical music [...]

Is Luxury a Bad Thing?

By |2019-09-24T12:17:23-05:00June 10th, 2015|Categories: Culture, Featured, Modernity, Music|

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 that might necessarily exclude us—or indeed anybody. That, of course, does not describe classical music, and [...]

Beauty, Home, and the Concert Hall

By |2021-01-05T17:02:12-06:00May 14th, 2015|Categories: Architecture, Art, Culture, England, Featured, Music|

Classical music comes to us from a very long and very human tradition. The concert hall thus should be the embodiment of classical music’s character: it should above all feel human, feel familiar, feel knowable, and feel intimate as often as it feels exalted. Hot on the heels of what was surely disappointing news for Maris [...]

Can an Orchestra Help Bring Peace to Baltimore?

By |2015-05-06T00:28:43-05:00May 6th, 2015|Categories: Civilization, Music, War|

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. This week, as riots and demonstrations ravaged parts of Baltimore, business-as-usual came to a stop for practically [...]

Saving Classical Music: A Return to Tradition

By |2014-10-08T15:00:27-05:00October 8th, 2014|Categories: Andrew Balio, Conservatism, Music|

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 many think tanks that study complex issues in sciences and economics and that through their findings eventually influence policy. In [...]

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