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Richard King

Richard King Photograph by Roger Mastroianni

Principal Horn
George Szell Memorial Chair
The Cleveland Orchestra

Richard King began serving as principal horn of The Cleveland Orchestra at the beginning of the 1997-98 season, having joined the ensemble in 1988 as associate principal at the age of 20. He has frequently been featured as a soloist with the Orchestra, including May 2009 performances of Haydn’s Horn Concerto No. 1 and Mozart’s Horn Concerto No.1. Mr. King has also appeared as soloist with the Tokyo Symphony and New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonia.

A native of Long Island, New York, Richard King briefly attended New York’s Juilliard School and subsequently earned a diploma from Philadelphia’s Curtis Institute of Music. He was a student of former Cleveland Orchestra principal horn Myron Bloom. An active chamber musician and recitalist, he is a member of the Center City Brass Quintet. He serves on the faculties of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Kent/Blossom Music professional training program.