from Ealing, England, whose grandfather was a member of the Berlin
Philharmonic and gave him his used instrument after retiring in 1965.
the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music. His teachers were Jeff Bryant and
March 1992, he and fellow horn players David Bentley, John Peskett and
Brendan Thomas performed Robert Schumann’s “Konzertstuck for
Four Horns” with the Luton Symphony Orchestra.
He joined the
English National Opera orchestra in 1992. Other groups with whom he has
performed include the Ambrosian Singers, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the
Britten Sinfonia, the Choir of the Temple Church,
the European Union Youth Orchestra, the Fulham Symphony Orchestra, the
Holst Singers, and the Philharmonia.
which he appears include Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (“The
Choral”) by the Ambrosian Singers, the soundtrack of The Bourne Ultimatum by John Powell,
the original London cast recording of Lord of the Rings, and The Veil of the Temple by the Choir
of the Temple
Church and the Holst
October 2006, the Britten Sinfonia interpreted Steve Reich’s
“Eight Lines” at LSO St. Luke’s in London, England.
conducted the BBC Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican on 13th
April 2007 in a performance of his own “America: A Prophecy”, along with
“Orchestral Set” by Charles Ives, “Overture: Les
francs-juges” by Hector Berlioz and “Symphony of
Psalms” by Igor Stravinsky.
Carsten revisited the Schumann “Konzertstuck” with Pip Eastop,
Tim Jackson, Corman o hAodain and the Philharmonia under the baton of
Oliver Knussen at the Aldeburgh Festival.
Salonen was at the helm on 13th March 2009 when the Philharmonia
offered up Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 9 in D major”
and Arnold Schoenberg’s “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Op.
42”, with soloist Mitsuko Uchida.
March 2009, the Fulham Symphony Orchestra offered up “An Alpine
Symphony” by Richard Strauss and the aforementioned
“Konzertstuck” by Schumann at Hammersmith Town Hall. The horn soloists on the Schumann
piece this time were Carsten, Chris Larken, Martin Owen, and Michael
conducted the Philharmonia at the Grand Auditorium on 30th
November 2009 in a concert of Zoltan Kodaly’s “Dances of
Galanta”, Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s
“Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in B flat minor, Op.
23”, with Simon Trpceski at the keys.
March 2010, the Philharmonia teamed up with Joshua Bell for Ludwig van
Beethoven’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Op.
61”. The concert,
conducted by Riccardo Muti, concluded with Beethoven’s
“Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 55”