Oto Carrillo was appointed to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra horn section by Daniel Barenboim in 2000.
A native of Guatemala, Carrillo grew up in Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in music performance from DePaul University and master’s degree in both music performance and musicology from Northwestern University. After graduating, he won positions with the Memphis and Cedar Rapids orchestras, and he continued playing for two seasons as a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, coached by Dale Clevenger.
He also has performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitana Orchestra of Lisbon as well the Chicago Sinfonietta, Music of the Baroque, Chicago Philharmonic and Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition, Carrillo has played in various summer festival orchestras including the National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute and Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra.
Carrillo has collaborated with chamber groups such as the Chicago Chamber Musicians and appeared on the MusicNow series, and he was a member of the Millar Brass Ensemble whose performances have been recorded on the Delos and Koss labels. In addition, Carrillo has been a soloist with various groups and gave the Chicago premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’ Silver Chants the Litanies for horn and chamber orchestra.
As an instructor, Carrillo has given many master classes at various institutions. Currently, he is on faculty at DePaul University and the Symphony Orchestra Academy of the Pacific, a unique summer training program for aspiring young orchestral musicians in British Columbia.