Carlo Ballara trained as a violinist, at Wellington Conservatory and Victoria University, then as a postgraduate in Italy at the Accademia Chigiana, and in London at the Guildhall.
In 1997 he moved to Europe. There he was a member of the Camerata of London playing as assistant concertmaster. He also free-lanced with many orchestras in London, Italy, and Switzerland. This included acting as Concertmaster and playing as soloist. Whilst in London he taught the violin at his own studio and at many prestigious institutions including: Swiss Music School, Glendower and Redcliffe Preparatory Schools. He entered some thirty students a year for ABRSM exams, and notable results include 138 and 142 for Grade 8.
Carlo Ballara returned to NZ in 2012. He teaches at Medbury School, is Head of Strings in the Specialist Music Programme at Burnside High, and teaches one-to-one from his studio in Papanui. Carlo is now accepting violin students, from beginners of all ages, to postgraduate students.