Caster Teoh, Brass
Dr. Caster J. Teoh hails from Penang, Malaysia. Caster was appointed Principal Trumpet with Dream Orchestra of Los Angeles and has been performing with this wonderful ensemble since then. While in universities in the United States, he was one of the finalists in the Maia Quartet competition and was awarded outstanding Pi Kappa Lambda award. Caster has performed with many professional ensembles, including the Malaysian Philharmonic, Brazilian Symphony, Kumamoto International Orchestra, Baltimore Brass, Quad City Symphony, Cedar Rapids Opera, and National Symphony of Malaysia. He has performed under Kees Bakel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Marin Alsop, Kurt Mazur, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Carl St. Clair and many more. During the summers, he has performed in many countries, including Brazil, Italy, Japan, Korea, Belgium, Taiwan, Australia, Thailand, Canada.
A doctorate graduate from the University of Southern California (USC) Thornton School of Music, Caster was inducted as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society in 2007 and 2013. While at school, he was also a Fulbright scholarship student and received the 2013 outstanding Brass Chamber Music award. In the past summers, Caster has performed in many world-class music festivals, including the International Winter Music Festival in Brazil, Alba music festival in Italy, Domaine Forget Academy in Canada etc. In 2014, he was invited to perform Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with West Coast Chamber Orchestra. His primary teachers include Andrew Balio, Boyde Hood, David Greenhoe, Stephane Beaulac, John Bourque and William Theis. Aside from being an orchestra musician, Caster had served as Music Director/ Conductor of the Youth Symphony West, Brass Instructor at California Summer School for the Arts and Adjunct Professor of Brass at Grace Mission University. Caster has also been a recording artist in Hollywood studios, where he has recorded multiple movies soundtracks throughout the years. He has also appeared in many TV channels, including Channel 18, doing interviews and performances.
Caster is a much sought after teacher of trumpet and other brass instruments. His students have won numerous music awards, and have beeen admitted to such universities and conservatories as San Francisco Conservatory, Michigan University, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Oberlin College and Manhattan School of Music. Caster's students have also performed in music festivals, orchestras and competitions throughout the country, including the National Young Arts and International Trumpet Guild competition, Colburn Youth Symphony and Jazz Orchestra, Pacific Youth Symphony, Idyllwild Music Academy and Colorado Youth Jazz Ensemble.
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