Guest Artist Masterclass with Carsten Williams

Event Date: 

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Event Date Details: 

Event Location: 

  • Karl Geiringer Hall (UCSB)

Event Price: 

Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Event Contact: 

Adriane Hill
Marketing and Communications Manager
UC Santa Barbara Department of Music
(805) 893-3230

Hornist Carsten Williams, of the Philharmonia Orchestra of London, will present a masterclass with students from the UCSB Horn Studio on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 12-2 p.m. in Karl Geiringer Hall on the UCSB campus. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

About Carsten Williams

Carsten states that he is widely regarded as a professional Londoner. Born in Ealing, he played with the Ealing and Stoneleigh youth orchestras and attended the junior department of the Royal College of Music.

As a teenager he lacked application until starting to learn with Philip Eastop. Offers of scholarships to attend all the Music Colleges were a result of his outwardly comedic pedagogy. With infinite wisdom, Carsten then opted to study with Tony Chidell and Jeff Bryant at the Guildhall School of Music. During this time he played with the EUYO, YMSO and various other ensembles around at the time.

Whilst at the Guildhall Carsten took up a position as horn player at the English National Opera and spent a good number of years ploughing through Wagner Operas with Mark Elder and others. In December 2007 he emerged from the Pit and joined the Philharmonia Orchestra where he remains to this day.

Carsten's grandad played horn under Furtwängler with the Berlin Philharmonic for 28 years before moving to the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1965. Carsten still plays his Grandfather's prized Alexander Horn.

When he gets a break from his busy schedule as an international soloist and busy studio musician, Carsten enjoys the company of unreliable Italian motorcycles. He can also often be spotted mincing around Shoreditch on a fixed-gear bicycle.

Carsten Williams