Arda Cabaoglu, DMA

Performer, Educator, Scholar of Music & The Trumpet



Performer, Scholar, Educator of Music & the Trumpet

three basic principals:
Honesty, Sensitivity, & Originality

Arda Cabaoglu, D.M.A., is a musician, music scholar, and educator, resides in Istanbul and New York City, serves as principal trumpet at New Manhattan Sinfonietta and is a trumpet instructor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY, and visiting trumpet professor at Istanbul State Conservatory. 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.

Since 2000 until the completion of his education, Dr.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 ensembles in Rochester, NY have included Eastman Ossia, Musica Nova, Eastman Trumpet Ensemble, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Brass Guild, and Eastman Philharmonia. 

Currently active as a trumpet soloist, interpreter, improvisor, clinician, and 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 Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Échappé, MODbrass, Oratorio Society of New York Orchestra,  Presidential Symphony Orchestra, Istanbul State Symphony, Malmö Symphony Orchestra, ensembles at The Cathedral of St.John The Divine, Orchestra of St.Ignatius Loyola, 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. Some of the conductors he has worked under are James Baker, Tim Weiss, Kent Tritle, James Baker, Jeffrey Milarsky, Charles Hazlewood, Alexander Rahbari, Alexander Rudin, Leif Segerstam, Gürer Aykal, Sascha Goetzel, Michael Ruhling, Mark Davis Scatterday, Alparslan Ertüngealp, K. Scott Warren, Andrew Greenwood, Marek Pijarowki, Ionescu Galati, etc.

Cabaoglu enjoys new music and engaging with composers on new works. Current pursuits with new music include New York City based leading contemporary ensembles such as Talea Ensemble, Ensemble Échappé, MOD Brass, and a new USA-based project ensemble called The Ritsos Project Ensemble in Samos Island, and Athens, Greece. Cabaoglu has performed world premieres by composers such as Paul Moravec, Behzad Ranjbaran, Erden Bilgen, Turgut Erçetin, Dave Headlam, Recep Gül, Evan Henry, Kamran Ince, Tonia Ko, Leif Segerstam, Michael EllisonDaniel Pesca, David Riebe, Maxwell Dulaney, Phil Taylor, Jonathan Dawe, Theo ChandlerNathan Prillaman, Ibrahim Maalouf, and many others. Dr.Cabaoglu gives special emphasis on improvisation and multidisciplinary art by using contemporary and historical sources. His current projects include CABASI, a project collaborating with composer and improvisor Cenk Ergun.

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. He closely works with Turkish American Art Society of New York (TAASNY) on musical future projects.

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. 

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, Raymond Mase, Fred Mills, Muvaffak “Maffy” Fallay, Paul Dorsam, Vincent DiMartino, Marcus Stockhausen, Gabriele Cassone, Ibrahim Maalouf, Reinhold Friedrich, Stephen Burns, Mark Gould, Edward Carroll and Wynton Marsalis. He has also pursued baroque trumpet lessons with Dr. Edward Tarr in Rheinfelden, Germany, with Leif Bengtsson and Pierre Thorvald in Sweden, and Brian Shaw at Eastman. 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                                      
Main Trumpet and Musical Interpretation Professors Håkan Hardenberger, Bo NilssonOlle 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


An Innovation Grant by painter Ekrem Yalçındağ
for the design of a new instrument
On-Going Project since 2017
With Trumpet makers in Japan, 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                                                                                                                                       

during a trumpet lesson with Håkan Hardenberger, in Malmö, Sweden. 2013

during a trumpet lesson with Håkan Hardenberger, in Malmö, Sweden. 2013


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