Arda Cabaoglu, DMA

Performer, Educator, Scholar of Music & The Trumpet


Performer, Scholar, Educator of Music & the Trumpet

Arda Cabaoglu, D.M.A., is a musician, music scholar, and educator, lives in New York City, and recently served as trumpet professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY. He recently completed his doctoral studies in Trumpet Performance, Repertoire, and Literature at the Eastman School of Music in the studio of James Thompson.  Additional primary trumpet and music teachers have included Håkan Hardenberger, Bo Nilsson, and Olle Sjöberg in Sweden and Erden Bilgen in Istanbul.

As a Borusan Music Scholarship fellow, during his doctoral studies at Eastman, Cabaoglu received the opportunity to study at Malmö Academy of Music in Sweden.  This three-year period of leave to study in Sweden further deepened Cabaoglu’s interpretive emphasis and developed his methodologies relating trumpet performance to the use of one’s voice. Before Eastman, he studied at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul State Conservatory and the İTÜ—MIAM Center for Advanced Studies in Music in Istanbul.

Cabaoglu has appeared as soloist with the Borusan Istanbul Philharmonic, Izmir State Symphony, Orchestra Academic Başkent, Antalya State Symphony, Istanbul State Conservatory Orchestra, Malmö Musikhögskolan Chamber Orchestra, and the Eastman Chamber Orchestra.  Recent Rochester ensembles have included Eastman Ossia, Musica Nova, Eastman Trumpet Ensemble, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Brass Guild, and Eastman Philharmonia. 

Currently active as a trumpet soloist, clinician, chamber musician in New York City area, Cabaoglu has also been a member of European Brass Ensemble based in Stift Melk, Austria.  As an ensemble player, he has also performed with Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Malmö Trumpet Ensemble, and the MIAM Modern Music Ensemble. Other performances have brought him to 4 continents, including the countries of Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Australia, Greece, Switzerland, Austria, Kazakistan, Kırgızistan, and Turkey.

Cabaoglu enjoys new music and engaging with composers on new works. He has premiered works by Erden Bilgen, Turgut Erçetin, Dave Headlam, Recep Gül, Evan Henry, Kamran Ince, Tonia Ko, Leif Segerstam, Michael EllisonDaniel Pesca, David Riebe, and others. Current pursuits with new music include a new USA-based project ensemble called The Ritsos Project Ensemble in Samos Island, and Athens, Greece. In 2018, for composer and trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, Dr.Cabaoglu has formed a special trumpet section called The Levantine Trumpets, using particularly using quarter-tone trumpets upon Maalouf's request and combining the Middle Eastern and Western styles. The section has recently performed the world premiere of Levantine Symphony No.1 by Maalouf at Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.

Cabaoglu has won awards in international competitions such as the Grand Valley State University International Trumpet Seminar and Solo Trumpet Competition (2nd prize with no 1st prize awarded, 2008), the National Trumpet Competition of Başkent University (1st Prize, 2005), the Lions European Music Prize for Trumpet (Turkish National Winner, 2005), and the Turkish Culture Ministry National Trumpet Competition (2nd Prize, 2000).

In 2017, Cabaoglu also been served as a jury member at the Lions European Music Prize, Trumpet Competition. He owns his own music school called Upper East Side Music Studio, in Manhattan, New York City. He is also a faculty member for Discover Melody, Inc. an online music education platform based in New York City.

With a zeal for trumpet pedagogy, Cabaoglu has participated in and attended a vast listing of masterclasses and lessons with notable musicians such as Maurice André, Thomas Stevens, Tristram Williams, Crispian Steele-Perkins, Fred Mills, Muvaffak “Maffy” Fallay, Paul Dorsam, Vincent DiMartino, Marcus Stockhausen, Gabriele Cassone, Reinhold Friedrich, Stephen Burns, Mark Gould, Edward Carroll and Wynton Marsalis. He has also pursued baroque trumpet lessons with Leif Bengtsson and Pierre Thorvald in Sweden, Brian Shaw at Eastman, and with Dr. Edward Tarr in Rheinfelden, Germany.  Cabaoglu has served for 3 years as instructor of secondary trumpet classes at the Eastman School of Music, for which he was nominated for a graduate teaching award in brass instruction.  Students find Cabaoglu’s diverse and highly personalized teaching methods to be effective and inspiring.  For samples of student evaluations, please visit his "Educator" page. 


You can request Arda's Curriculum Vitae by contacting him HERE    

To see Arda's trumpet teaching lineage tree, please click HERE 







Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester                                     Rochester,New York, USA
Doctor of Musical Arts, Trumpet Performance and Literature
2008-2010, 2013-2016 (with academic leave 2010-2013)
Main Trumpet Professor James Thompson                                                                                      

Courses by professors: Ellen Koskoff, Steve Laitz, Seth Monahan, Matthew Brown, Dave Headlam, Roger Freitas, Philip Silvey, Christopher Azzara, Christina Fava, Mark Davis Scatterday, Neil Varon, Brad Lubman, Michael Ruhling, Paul O'Dette, Donald Hunsberger, Clay Jenkins, Dariusz Terenfenko, Patrick Macey, Ralph P. Locke, Bruce Frank, Douglas Prosser.


Malmö Academy of Music, Lund University                                                                      Malmö, Sweden
Master of Music                                             
Advanced Course in Interpretation of Music Performance                                      
Professors Håkan Hardenberger, Bo Nilsson, and Olle Sjöberg


Center for Advanced Studies in Music, Istanbul Technical University                    Istanbul, Turkey
Master of Arts                                                                                                       
Professor Erden Bilgen


Istanbul State Conservatory, Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University                               Istanbul, Turkey
Bachelor of Music                                                                                                  

Performance & Teaching Awards, Grants, and Scholarships


The Innovation Grant by Ekrem Yalçındağ
for the design of a new instrument
On-Going Project 2017
With Trumpet makers in the Netherlands, the USA, Germany, Finland, and Turkey

The Borusan Kocabıyık Foundation                                                                                  
Borusan Music Scholarship Award 2008-2015
Istanbul, Turkey                                                                                                   


Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester                                                   
Graduate Award
2008-2010, 2013-2015                                                
Nomination for Excellence in Music Instruction Prize for Secondary Teaching
Rochester, New York      


Lund Universitet, Musikhögskolan i Malmö                                                                         
Global Student Scholarship Award                                                                                    
Lund and Malmö, Sweden


Grand Valley State University                                                                                             
International Trumpet Seminar, Solo Trumpet Competition                                                  
2nd Prize Winner (No 1st prize awarded)                                                                                       
Grand Rapids, Michigan


BaSkent University - National Trumpet Competition                                                            
Solo Competition First Prize Winner                                           
Ankara, Turkey


Lions International                                                                                                           
Lions European Music Prize for Trumpet Turkish National Winner             
Istanbul, Turkey

Yamaha Corporation International                                                                                     
Yamaha Music Foundation Scholarship Award for Brass Instruments
Istanbul Turkey


Turkish Culture Ministry - National Trumpet Competition                                                  
Solo Competition Second Prize Winner                                       
Ankara, Turkey


Turkish Culture Ministry - National Chamber Music Competition                                        
Honorable Mention Award Winner                                                                                          
Çorum, Turkey                                                                                                                                       

Festivals, Seminars, Conferences, And Additional Training


The Ritsos Project Samos, Greece 2015 and 2016
Performances of solo and chamber trumpet works ranging from 1500 to today. Outreach programs for children of Samos.

SoundSCAPE Festival Composition and Performance Exchange Maccagno, Italy 2016
Performances of Solo and Ensemble works of contemporary composers. Collaborations with over 20 composers. Member of Eastman Broadband. 

MANIFEST Contemporary Music Festival IRCAM Paris, France
Analysis of Contemporary Music and Composition Techniques 2014

Toshi Kameyama Mouthpiece Atelier and Yamaha Corporation Factory Hamamatsu&Tokyo, Japan
Experiments on improvement of Trumpets

BIBA Summer Academy Karlskrona, Sweden
Brass Masterclasses & Ensemble Academy 2013
Faculty including Håkan Hardenberger, Jeroen Berwaerts, Elgar Howarth, Thomas Hooten,

Baroque Trumpet lessons with Dr. Edward Tarr & Reiner Egger Rheinfelden, Germany & Basel, Switzerland                             
Studies focused on historical performance practice on trumpet November 2012

Schagerl Brass Festival Stift-Melk, Austria
Member of European Brass Ensemble 2011
Additional Masterclasses with Hans Gansch, Gabor Tarkovi, and Mnozil Brass

Masterclass with Matthias Höfs Malmö, Sweden                                                                             

Chosen Vale Trumpet Institute New Hampshire. Massachusetts, USA
Academy ParticipantJune 2009, 2010
Faculty including Håkan Hardenberger, Stephen Burns, Gabriel Cassone, Edward Carroll, Mark Gould, Thomas Stevens, John Wallace, Tristram Williams, Bob Malone

Private instruction - Muvaffak “Maffy” Falay Stockholm, Sweden, Istanbul, Turkey                                                               

Private Instruction - Tristram Williams Melbourne, Australia

Private instruction - Dave Elton Perth, Australia

Private instruction - Paul Dorsam Bayside, New York

Masterclasses - Allen Vizzutti Rochester, NY
Active performer2009-2010

International Trumpet Guild Conferences Glassboro, NJ; Harrisburg, PA; Sydney, Australia
Active performer and conference participant 2006, 2009, 2010

Masterclasses - Snooky Young Rochester, NY

International Grand Valley University Trumpet Festival Grand Rapids, Michigan

Active participant and guest artist 2008
Faculty including Richard Stoelzel, Erden Bilgen, Gerassimos Ioannidis, Bob Malone, Dan Partylak, Bert Langenkamp, Jean Moorehead Libs, Allen Vizzutti, Vincent DiMartino, Rich Illman, Rex Richardson

International Trumpet Festival at Başkent University Ankara, Turkey
Active performer and conference participant2005
Additional Masterclasses with Graham Nicholson, Rex Richardson, and Gerassimos Ioannidis

Private Instruction - Gabrielle Cassone Istanbul, Turkey                                                                                           
During His Tour Atatürk Cultural Center 2004

Private instruction - Reinhold Friedrich Istanbul, Turkey                                                               Bosphorus University-Albert Long Hall 2004

Maurice André Zurich International Trumpet Masterclasses Zurich, Switzerland
Active student for individual lessons for 3 weeks with Professor Maurice André June,2003

Private instruction - Hannes Laubin Munich, Germany

Kalavrita Summer/Winter Course for Brass Intrumentalists, Kalavrita, Greece
Participant in Brass AcademyJuly 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005
Faculty including Gerassimos Ioannidis, Britton Theurer, Richard Stoelzel, Allen Vizzutti, Vincent DiMartino, Rich Illman, Rex Richardson, Fred Mills

Masterclasses - Guy Touvron Izmir Turkey

Masterclasses - Crispian Steele-Perkins Ankara Turkey

Masterclasses - Lars Ranch Ankara Turkey

Masterclasses - Max Sommerhalder Adana Turkey

Other Artistic Experience

Project Advisor and International Relations
Çagla Cabaoglu Art Gallery
Istanbul, Turkey

Arda Cabaoglu is an active member of

-International Trumpet Guild 

-College Music Society 

-Historic Brass Society 

-The American Musicological Society 


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