As a teenager he lacked application until starting to learn with Philip Eastop. Offers of scholarships to attend all the Music Colleges were a result of his outwardly comedic pedagogy. With infinite wisdom, Carsten then opted to study with Tony Chidell and Jeff Bryant at the Guildhall School of Music. During this time he played with the EUYO, YMSO and various other ensembles around at the time.
Whilst at the Guildhall Carsten took up a position as horn player at the English National Opera and spent a good number of years ploughing through Wagner Operas with Mark Elder and others. In December 2007 he emerged from the Pit and joined the Philharmonia Orchestra where he remains to this day.
Carsten's grandad played horn under Furtwängler with the Berlin Philharmonic for 28 years before moving to the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra in 1965. Carsten still plays his Grandfather's prized Alexander Horn.
When he gets a break from his busy schedule as an international soloist and busy studio musician, Carsten enjoys the company of unreliable Italian motorcycles. He can also often be spotted mincing around Shoreditch on a fixed-gear bicycle.