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Richard Todd, horn

From Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, from the Jazz Bakery to Birdland, internationally renowned concert, jazz, and recording artist Richard Todd has earned acclaim as one of the finest horn soloists performing today. Gold medal winner of the 1980 Concours Internationale Toulon, and a Pro Musicis International Foundation Award winner, Todd is continually expanding the boundaries of the horn world. He has performed under the batons of such luminaries as Bernstein, Guilini, Marriner, Abravanel, Ozawa, Previn, Rilling and Schuller. Renowned for performances that “are simply startling in their dexterity” with “a heart-clutching sound,” he is also deeply committed to arts education and to making the arts more accessible to all listeners.

As a classical artist Todd has a rigorous schedule, including recitals and solo engagements across North America and his position as principal horn with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. He works in the film industry, where he has been a recording artist on over 1,000 motion picture soundtracks, and on projects with performers such as Streisand, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Manhattan Transfer, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Natalie Cole and Dave Grusin. As a jazz artist, he has appeared in concerts and on recordings with such artists as Clark Terry, Ray Brown, Woody Herman, Lalo Shifrin, McCoy Tyner and Andre Previn. Equally at home in all areas, Richard Todd breaks down musical barriers. Todd has performed as guest soloist with orchestras in the United States and abroad,
including the Saarbrucken Radio Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Saint John’s Smith Square London, and the New Orleans, Santa Barbara, Lima, Northeast Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Akron, Long Beach, San Luis Obispo, Pasadena and Santa Rosa Symphonies. Festival appearances include the Oregon Bach, Mostly Mozart, Tanglewood, Casals, La Jolla, Tucson, Chatauqua, Sedona, Sandpoint, Music Academy of the West, Grand Teton, Green Festival and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival.

His versatility is evident as a recording artist as well. He has recorded two CD’s with Andre Previn, one jazz (What Headphones), the other classical (French Chamber Music), and was personally selected by Gunther Schuller to record his 'Concerto No.1' on an album with the Saarbrucken Radio Orchestra. His solo albums New Ideas, a crossover album of both classical and jazz, and Rickterscale, thrust Todd into the spotlight as a “star among jazz hornists”. Recent solo recording projects include Rhapsody for Horn and Orchestra (commissioned by and recorded with the San Luis Obispo Symphony specifically for Todd), an album of horn sonatas entitled Horn Sonatas of Three Centuries, and a new jazz album, With A Twist. He has recorded for GM, RCA, Naxos, Angel, Nonesuch, Delos, BMG, SoSoSol, Capitol and RCM.

Richard Todd is one of the only horn soloists to perform at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, to standing ovations in both. With a strong belief in music as an important form of communication, Todd works to expand the horizons of all audiences. He is a much-sought after teacher on the faculty at USC and the Henry Mancini Institute. Todd has taught at UCLA, the Waterloo Music Festival, Chautauqua Institute, Bowdoin Music Festival, Cal Arts and Occidental College, and has performed in hospitals, shelters, retirement homes and prisons (including San Quentin, where there had been no performances of any kind in two years). Todd is in constant demand as a lecturer and clinician, and as a spokesperson and consultant for Hans Hoyer Horns, where he assists in the development of horn and mouthpiece designs.

   

 

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