Baldassarre Rock Orchestra

About The Band

A magical world where the power of rock
and classical music unite in a spectacle of
sound, lights, and symphonic grandeur!

The Baldassarre Rock Orchestra is a 9-piece rock orchestra led by the seasoned guitarist, composer and 2024 Grammy contending artist, Carl Baldassarre. The show is a spectacle where classical music and rock music unite, beckoning music enthusiasts for an unparalleled live experience with its fusion of 1970s and 1870s aesthetics both musically and visually. 

Baldassarre’s repertoire spans their diverse discography of original rock and classical music as well as interpretations of classic rock songs by Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, and more.  Apart from the powerful music, Carl Baldassarre is an exquisite storyteller and music historian who engages audiences with his unique insights throughout the course of each show.

The Baldassarre Rock Orchestra includes Cleveland’s leading string quartet (OPUS 216) and features top-tier, international players who have pedigrees from music conservatories including Julliard, The Cleveland Institute of Music, the Manhattan School of Music, and others.

Most recently the rock orchestra has been performing original music from Baldassarre’s 2024 Grammy contending album, Grand Boulevard which has received Album of the Year and Rock Song of the Year consideration. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, Guitar World magazine described Grand Boulevard as “…a sprawling album full of ingenuity.”

Check out Baldassarre’s music on his website www.carlbaldassarremusic.com and while you’re at it, check out his popular YouTube channel where he is dubbed “The Professor of Classic Rock” where he breaks great rock music from the 1970’s with a warm pedagogy.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Carl Baldassarre experienced early success as guitarist for the rock band Abraxas. He has amassed a significant and diverse recording catalogue in many genres having worked with many celebrated rock and classical musicians including the London symphonic chamber orchestra.  Carl studied composition under Dr. Marshall Griffith PhD (Cleveland Institute of Music) and is also a product of both the Cleveland Music School Settlement and John Carroll University.

With a track record of performing to sold out shows, The Baldassarre Rock Orchestra is available for concerts, festivals, conventions, and private events as either an original act or tribute act (Led Zeppelin with strings). 

Find out where Carl is playing next

Collaborators

Over the years Carl has performed and recorded
with many different artists including: 


Nick D’Virgilio
(Genesis, Tears for Fears, Big Big Train), Walfredo Reyes, Jr. (Chicago, Santana, Traffic)

Charles Iverson
(Iverson, Spektral Quartet, Diane Coffee)

Marcus Scott
(Tower of Power) 

Jacob Dupre
(Glenn Miller Orch.)

Don Carr
(James Brown, The Oak Ridge Boys) 

Billy Brock
(The Engine Box, The Baldassarre Orchestra) 

OPUS216
(Chamber orchestra under the leadership of violinist Ariel Clayton Karas – featuring top-tier players from conservatories like the world-renowned Cleveland Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music, and Juilliard) 

Avery Knific
(Spektral Quartet) 

Phil Naish
(Elton John, Dolly Parton) 

Al Rolik
(Syzygy) 

Guy Snowdon
(The Citizens)

Mark Boals
(Yngwie Malmsteen, Dokken, Ted Nugent) 

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