Title/Position: Associate Professor, French HornProfile:
What would you say are the five most outstanding highlights of your professional life?
It is so hard to narrow it to 5 – 5000 would be more like it. I have played concerti in some of the most prestigious concert venues in the world, performed as a student with legendary artists such as Leonard Bernstein, played jazz with people I have idolized, worked with the great film composers in Hollywood, played with great icons such as Sinatra and Streisand, recorded with iconic artists from the world of rock and hiphop, and taught alongside my teacher, Vincent DeRosa.
Why did you choose music as your career?
Sometimes I think it chose me. It was always a part of my life and seemed so natural that I would be involved somehow in music throughout my life. I did not know what direction it would take until I was offered my first orchestra job right out of college. Then things evolved from there.
What is your teaching philosophy? What do you expect of your students?
I expect my students to become the best they can be both in music and in life. Learn completely and always strive for better.
What do you hope to pass on to your students?
Integrity, Honesty, and Responsibility in their actions and their performances.
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 today. Gold medal winner of the 1980 Concours Internationale Toulon, he is a Pro Musicis International Foundation Award winner and is continually expanding the boundaries of the horn world. Todd has performed under the batons of such luminaries as
* Leonard Bernstein
* Carlo Maria Giulini
* Nevilla Marriner
* Maurice Abravanel
* Seiji Ozawa
* André Previn
* Helmut Rilling
* Gunter Schuller
His performances are described as “simply startling in their dexterity” and he is praised for his “heart-clutching sound.”
Equally at home in all styles, Richard breaks down the barriers of music. As a classical artist, his rigorous schedule includes recitals and solo engagements across North America, work in the film industry (he has more 1,000 motion picture soundtracks to his credit) and recording projects with many top artists. Richard is also principal horn of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, with which he has been a frequent soloist and member since 1980. In 2006, he performed at the Sydney Opera House on a concert tour of Australia. He is the only horn soloist who has performed at
* Carnegie Hall
* Hollywood Bowl
* Sydney Opera House
* Walt Disney Concert Hall
Richard’s recordings showcase his versatility. He made two CDs with Andre Previn. Gunther Schuller personally selected Todd to record his Concerto No. 1 for Horn and Orchestra with the Saarbrucken Radio Orchestra. Richard’s solo albums, New Ideas (a crossover album of both classical and jazz) and Rickterscale, prompted him to step into the spotlight as a “star among jazz hornists.” More recently, he recorded an album entitled Horn Sonatas of Three Centuries; a jazz album, With A Twist; and Craig Russell’s Rhapsody for Horn and Orchestra with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, commissioned by that orchestra specifically for him.
Deeply committed to music education, Richard was among the most sought-after teachers on the faculty at University of Southern California and the Henry Mancini Institute. He has also taught at UCLA, CalArts, and the Chatauqua and Bowdoin music festivals.