Aspen Music Festival And School

Erik RalskeBack To Artist-Faculty

Instrumental Focus

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Principal horn, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, since 2010. Was featured in a July 2010 New York Times article for having won both the MET Opera position and the Los Angeles Philharmonic principal horn position in the same week. Prior to joining the MET Orchestra, was a member of the New York Philharmonic for 17 seasons; appeared as a soloist with the orchestra more than a dozen times. Previously, associate principal horn with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and principal horn with the Vancouver Symphony, Florida Symphony, and Tulsa Philharmonic Orchestras. As a chamber musician, has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, MET Chamber Ensemble, New York Philharmonic Ensembles, and Music Academy of the West, and at the Seattle, Vancouver, and Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festivals. Current member of the Philharmonic Quintet of New York, a wind quintet of first chair players from the New York Philharmonic. Recent CDs include Take 9, with members of the N.Y. Philharmonic horn section and the American Horn Quartet, as well as a recent Naxos release of chamber music by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Paul Moravec. Current faculty, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College the New School for Music.

Robert Spano, Music Director

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