Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Carl Mazzio brings to the podium many years of experience as an orchestra musician and was privileged to work with many of the great orchestral conductors and musicians of our time including Kurt Masur, Herbert Blomstedt, Mstislaz Rostropovich, Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Jessye Norman, Doc Serverinsen, Aretha Franklin and Tony Bennett.
He is the retired Principal trombone of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, he recorded on the NAXOS label and was a featured soloist on numerous occasions. Most notable was his performance of the Leopold Mozart trombone concerto, the first trombone concerto programmed in the orchestra’s history. Prior to this he held the same position with the New Haven Symphony (1990-94). He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony, American Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Sacramento Symphony, San Francisco Brass Quintet, Harford Symphony, Delaware Symphony, Orquesta Sinfonica de Minoria (Mexico Coty), Carmel Bach Festival (California), California Symphony, Philharmonia Virtuosi (New York City), Bard Festival, at the Evian Festival (Evian, France), Fantasy Recoding Studios (Berkley, California), on NBCs Wide World of Sports, and for Pope John Paul II at Candlestick Park.
Mr. Mazzio received his M.A. fro the Julliard School of Music, and his B.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. His Principal teachers include Joseph Alessi and Mark Lawrence. While a student, he performed with National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Music Academy of the West, Roundtop Festival and at Tanglewood.
Currently, Mr. Mazzio is in his tenth year as conductor of the Wind Symphony and All College Band at SUNY Fredonia and acted as interim conductor for the University at Buffalo Concert Band (spring 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012). To date, he has conducted over three hundred compositions, comprising much of the major band repertoire. He is an active Honor Band Clinician through out New York State and a regular adjudicator at Six Flags “Music in Parks.” Mr. Mazzio currently directs the Jazz Band at Williamsville East High School, and previously taught at DaVinci High School, a magnet school within the Buffalo City School District. He was a fellow at the 2007 Conductor’s Institute at Bard College and was the only American conductor selected to participate in the 2012 Sherorne Summer School, directed by Timothy Reynish in Sherborne, England. He has also participated in the conducting symposiums of Eugene Corporon, Mallory Thompson, Gary Hill, Craig Kirchhoff and Paula Holcomb.
Mr. Mazzio has been on staff as a low brass instructor at the SUNY Fredonia School of Music since 1998, and presently maintains a full trombone studio. Additionally, he teaches a full private brass studio at his residence in Amherst, New York.