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 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, 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 (www.chosenvalemusic.org) where he presents annual seminars with his friends such as Hakan Hardenberger, John Wallace, Tom Stevens, Markus Stockhausen, Pacho Flores, Jeroen Berwaerts, Mark Gould, Christan Wolff, Colin Currie, and Steve Reich.
Author Alexander McGrattan states in his book THE TRUMPET (Yale University Press) that “the work of Ed Carroll has been seminal to the creation of a new generation of adventurous young trumpet players since his work at the Rotterdam Conservatory and the establishment of the Lake Placid Music Seminars in the mid-1990s in New York State.” Mr. Carroll feels otherwise but perhaps that can be left for another biography.
Giuliano Sommerhalder is a laureate of some of the world's most prestigious international competitions, and has formerly served as the principal trumpet at the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.
Today, he serves as principal trumpet with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra under Yannick Nézet-Séguin and is active worldwide as a teacher and as a soloist on modern and historical instruments.
In 2003, a year before completing his schooling, he carried off the second prize at the renowned international music competition of the ARD broadcasting network in Munich and was the joint winner of the Maurice André competition in Paris, after having won other important contests, such as the Prague Spring Festival (2003), the Timofei Dokschitzer Competition in Vilnius (2002), the Concertino Praga (2001) and the Tchaikovsky Conservatory Competition in Moscow (1997). In addition, he was awarded European Culture Prizes in Munich in 1999 and in Berlin in 2002. In 2008 he was appointed BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist.
Giuliano Sommerhalder studied with Pierluigi Salvi at the Conservatorio "Giuseppe Verdi" in Como and with Max Sommerhalder at the Detmold Hochschule of Music. He also gleaned important stimulus from Maurice André, Eric Aubier, Stephen Burns, Edward Carroll, Hans Gansch, Pierre Thibaud, James Thompson and others. He played in Claudio Abbado's Orchestra Mozart in Bologna in 2004, was chosen by Lorin Maazel as principal trumpet player for his Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, and has been principal trumpet in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra under Riccardo Chailly from 2006 until 2011, the year in which he moved to the same position at the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam under Mariss Jansons, where he remained until 2013.
Since 2016 he is Principal Trumpet at the Rotterdam Philharmonic under Yannick Nézet-Séguin. He has been a member of the Italian Wonderbrass quintet since 2006.
As a soloist on both modern and historical instruments, Giuliano Sommerhalder has appeared throughout Europe, in North and South America, Asia, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia. He performed in Bach's Second Brandenburg Concerto at the Vienna Musikverein, the Leipzig Gewandhaus and the Cologne Philharmonie, and appeared as a soloist in other prestigious venues such as the Berlin Philharmonie, the Wigmore Hall in London, the Lucerne Festival, and the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, with all symphonic orchestras of the BBC, with the NDR Symphony in Hamburg, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester of Berlin, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the NDR Philharmonic in Hanover, the Melbourne Symphony, the Zurich Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Soloists, the Kammerorchester Basel, the MDR Symphony in Leipzig, the orchestras of the Czech and Polish radio corporations, and recently with Rome's Santa Cecilia National Symphony Orchestra in Shostakovich's Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings with Martha Argerich as a soloist.
Giuliano Sommerhalder's discography includes three solo albums:
"Romantic Virtuosity"– a collection of masterpieces by German-Russian composers
"Amilcare Ponchielli - Concertos"– dedicated to the Italian opera composer Amilcare Ponchielli (1834-1886) and distinguished with an ECHO-Klassik Music Prize
“Vladimir Peskin – Complete Trumpet Music” – with the late romantic composer's virtuosic compositions for trumpet and piano (with pianist Kasia Wieczorek).
On baroque trumpet, he has recorded Johann Friedrich Fasch's Trumpet Concerto with the Kammerorchester Basel. He is also featured in four albums of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, performing J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and the Christmas Oratorio, among others.
Pacho Flores was awarded First Prize in the “Maurice André” International Contest, the most renowned trumpet Contest in the world, as well as First Prize in the “Philip Jones” International Contest and First Prize in the “Cittá di Porcia” International contest. Trained in the marvelous Orchestra System for Youth and Children in Venezuela, he received top recognition for his performances, recitals, and recordings as a soloist.
Capable of managing classical or popular styles indistinctively, Flores adds to his captivating interpretations a great deal of energy tinged with the most beautiful instrumental colors. Acting as soloist, he has performed with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Kiev, Camerata from St. Petesbourg, Orchestral Ensemble from Paris, Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine, NHK Orchestra from Japan, Symphony Orchestra of Tokio, Philharmonic Orchestra of Osaka, Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra from Venezuela, Symphony Orchestra of Dusseldorf, and the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra amongst many others. He has also given recitals in concert halls such as the Carnegie Hall in New York, Pleyel Hall in Paris, and the Opera City in Tokio. Serving as one of the founding members of the Simón Bolívar Brass Quintet, he has taken part in numerous tours around Europe, South America, United States, and Japan. Experienced orchestral musician, Flores has held the Leading Trumpet position in the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, Saito Kinen Orchestra from Japan, and the Symphony Orchestra of Miami, under the musical direction of Maestros like Claudio Abbado, Sir Simon Rattle, Seiji Ozawa, Giuseppe Sinopoli, Rafael Frübeck of Burgos, Eduardo Marturet, and Gustavo Dudamel including many others. Founding Director of the Latin-American Trumpet Academy in Venezuela, he fosters a promising generation of young talents. Flores is extremely keen on promoting Contemporary Music and does so providing important contributions by means of the performance and interpretation of his instrument. His repertoire includes commissions and premieres of works by composers such as Roger Boutry, Efraín Oscher, Giancarlo Castro, Santiago Báez, Juan Carlos Nuñez, and Sergio Bernal. Recently he has carried out an important concert tour across Norway and Austria with the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Maestro and Composer Christian Lindberg, interpreting his concert “Akbank Bunk”, a piece for Trumpet and Orchestra, making his debut at the Fiestpielhaus of Salzburg, and at the Musikverein of Viena. His first album “The Venezuelan Trumpet” was released by the record label Guataca Producciones.
Artist from the Stomvi family, he plays instruments that have been exclusively manufactured for him by this renowned firm, and is actively involved in the developments and innovations of his instruments. Pacho Flores is an exclusive artist of Deutsche Grammophon. “Cantar” is his first album with this well-known record label.