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Robert Johnson

Affiliate Artist in French Horn

Robert Johnson (Horn) enjoys a growing career as an orchestral and chamber musician, soloist, and teacher of horn. Before joining the Houston Symphony in 2012 as Associate Principal Horn, Mr. Johnson was Assistant Principal/Utility Horn of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, Principal Horn of both the Dayton Philharmonic and Richmond Symphony, and Fourth Horn of the Honolulu Symphony. He has also performed with the Houston Grand Opera, IRIS Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and as a Guest Principal Horn with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Johnson has performed as a Concerto Soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic, Houston Symphony, New World Symphony, Texas Music Festival, at Chicago's Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and nationwide as a recitalist and chamber musician. In the summers, Mr. Johnson has performed with the AIMS, Aspen, Cascade, Colorado, Strings, and Tanglewood Music Festivals, as well as the Perlman Music Program and Sun Valley Summer Symphony. He can be heard performing on numerous recordings, commercials, and soundtracks made with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, Dayton Philharmonic, Nashville String Machine Studio Orchestra, the Rice Horn Crew, and the Houston Symphony. In the Fall of 2013, Mr. Johnson joined the faculty of the Moores School of Music as an Affiliate Artist at the University of Houston, thus fulfilling a long-held dream of expanding his teaching to the collegiate level. Also a faculty member at the Texas Music Festival, he is in demand to lead masterclasses and lectures nationwide, most recently at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and in South America for the Filarmónica Joven in both Paipa and Medellín, Colombia. Mr. Johnson's previous students have enjoyed regular acceptance and appointment to a multitude of prestigious universities, conservatories, awards, summer music festivals, and professional ensembles. His students have won auditions, held positions and counted performances with a number of professional ensembles, including the Boise Philharmonic, City Music Cleveland, Hawaii Symphony, Houston Ballet Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río, and the San Antonio Symphony.