Dr. Caster J. Teoh
Hails from Penang, Malaysia, Caster was appointed Principal Trumpet with Dream Orchestra of Los Angeles since 2015 and has just released his solo debut recording album with Dream Orchestra of Los Angeles in 2018. While in universities in the United States, he was one of the finalists in the Maia Quartet competition and was awarded outstanding Pi Kappa Lambda award. Caster has been performing with many professional ensembles, including the Malaysian Philharmonic, Brazilian Symphony, Kumamoto International Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Brass, Quad City Symphony, Cedar Rapids Opera, National Symphony of Malaysia etc. under numerous conductors and artists, such as Kees Bakel, Michael Tilson Thomas, Marin Alsop, Kurt Mazur, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Carl St. Clair and many more. During the summers, he has performed in many countries, including Brazil, Italy, Japan, China Korea, Belgium, Taiwan, Australia, Thailand, Canada, etc. A doctorate graduate from the University of Southern California (USC) Thornton School of Music, Caster was inducted as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society in 2007 and 2013. While at school, he was also a Fulbright scholarship student and has been awarded 2013 outstanding Brass Chamber Music award. For the past summers, Caster has been performing in many world-class music festivals, including the International Winter Music Festival in Brazil, Alba music festival in Italy, Domaine Forget Academy in Canada etc. In 2014, he was invited to perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 with West Coast Chamber Orchestra. His primary teachers include Andrew Balio, Boyde Hood, David Greenhoe, Stephane Beaulac, John Bourque and William Theis. Aside from being an orchestra musician, Caster had served as Orchestra Director of the Young Artists Orchestra of Los Angeles, Brass Instructor at California Summer School for the Arts and Adjunct Professor of Brass at Grace Mission University. Besides this, Caster also served as recording artists in Hollywood studios, where he had recorded multiple movies soundtracks throughout the years. Moreover, Caster has also appeared in many TV channels, including Channel 18, doing interviews and performances. Caster is a much sought after teacher of trumpet and other brass instruments. His students have won numerous music awards, admitted to credited universities, such as San Francisco Conservatory, Michigan University, Eastman School of Music, Indiana University, Oberlin College, Manhattan School of Music, International Trumpet Guild competition, etc. At the same time, Caster’s students also performed in music festivals, orchestras and competitions throughout the country, including the National Young Arts and Loa Angeles Youth Orchestra, Colburn Youth Symphony and Jazz Orchestra, Pacific Youth Symphony, Idyllwild Music Academy, Colorado Youth Jazz Ensemble, etc.