The Roger Colson and Bobbi Lyon Hackett Chair
Corbin Castro joined the North Carolina Symphony horn section in an acting position for the 2021/22 season and returned for the 2022/23 season.
Castro has spent summers making music with the Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Tanglewood Music Center in the Berkshires, and the Classical Tahoe festival in Incline Village, Nevada. While participating in these ensembles, he performed under the direction of artists such as Zubin Mehta, Simon Rattle, Valery Gergiev, Andris Nelsons, and Esa-Pekka Salonen.
In addition to performing, Castro maintains a private teaching studio and has recently served as adjunct professor of horn at Miami Dade College. As a strong advocate for musical education, he co-founded Virtual Inclusion Artists Academy, an online summer music academy that shares access to high-quality music education with young musicians who identify as remotely located or underrepresented in classical music.
Castro received his master’s degree from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with William VerMeulen, and a bachelor’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music, studying with Michelle Baker. Outside of horn playing, he enjoys experiencing new cultures through international travel and backpacking in national parks.