Carsten Williams

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Carsten Williams


Philharmonia Orchestra

Fort Davis, Texas/ Ealing, London

About Carsten Williams

Following in his Grandfather's footsteps (his grandad played horn under Furtwängler with the Berlin Philharmonic for 28 years), Carsten studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London with Pip Eastop, Tony Chidell, Jeff Bryant and Tony Halstead. 

While still a student, Carsten won a position as a high horn player with the English National Opera where he enjoyed 15 years exploring the operatic repertoire. Having exhausted the operatic repertoire (and himself...) , in December 2007 he emerged from the Opera Pit and joined the horn section of the world renowned Philharmonia Orchestra of London . He now tours the world extensively playing in all the major concert halls with world famous conductors.

A regular musician on the London session scene, Carsten can also be heard on numerous recordings for film, tv and games including Lord of the Rings, Call of Duty and Terminator. Carsten is in great demand as an international horn pedagogue and gives brass clinics at UT Austin, Oklahoma University, Baylor University Waco, Hardin Simmons University, New Mexico State, UT El Paso, Sul Ross Alpine and San Angelo TX and Trinity Laban School of Music London. His extensive knowledge of both the symphonic and operatic repertoire enables him to teach and perform all over the world.

'Carsten demonstrates sheer artistry and nuance as an internationally acclaimed Horn performer and teacher. His infinite wisdom is manifested through his seraphic-like playing - rapturous, subtle, and breath-taking. I have had the privelage of witnessing his superb and meticulous teaching: teaching that has allowed me to grow exponentially as a musician and horn player. His benign and selfless character contributes even more to his knowledgeable and beneficial teachings that allow everyone to truly find the best within them and push themselves further down the road to success'

Cody Hutcheson 

'Carsten taught a wonderfully informative and entertaining masterclass to my studio. He is a fountain of knowledge about the horn and has a different perspective of teaching that is both refreshing to me and intriguing to all. Enthusiastic thumbs up from myself and the UT studio!'

Patrick Hughes
Associate Professor of Horn 

University of Texas at Austin