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.