John Cox , Principal Horn
John Cox has been a member of the Oregon Symphony for 23 years, and Principal Horn for the last 20. As a soloist in front of the orchestra, Mr. Cox has been featured numerous times with the Oregon Symphony, most recently in March 2004 performing the Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4 with David Atherton conducting. He will be joining Julie Landsman, Principal Horn of the Metropolitan Opera, in a Double Concerto by Telemann in June 2005 at the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego. He also has appeared with many smaller ensembles in the Northwest as soloist, including concertos with the Eugene Mozart Players and the Tacoma Symphony.
Mr. Cox’s accomplishments with the Oregon Symphony have led to other notable engagements. He is a 16-year member of Chamber Music Northwest, David Shifrin, Music Director, and has served as Principal Horn of the Cascade Music Festival, Murry Sidlin, Music Director. He is also a 14-year member of the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, David Atherton, Music Director. During 2002 he toured with the ”Orchestra of the Californias“ in Mexico and California, and in December 2002 he performed Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York. He is also a consultant for Marcinkiewicz Co., endorsing their line of horn mouthpieces.
Solo work has permitted him to become a frequent recitalist throughout the West, as well as a clinician for Master Classes in regional communities and out of the Northwest. He has been a guest recitalist and clinician for the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of Oregon, University of Evansville, and the Interlochen Arts Academy. In February 2005 he gave Master Class presentations at both Rice University and the University of Houston, and has an upcoming March 2005 Master Class presentation at Yale University. Bookings for Master Class Residencies for the 2005-2006 season will see Cox at the University of Evansville in Indiana, and the Crane School of Music, State University of New York in Potsdam. An upcoming recital in late April, 2005 at the Oregon Coast on behalf of the Oregon Symphony will see him and his long time piano associate, Katherine George, Principal Keyboard of the Oregon Symphony, partnered for the first time with new Oregon Symphony Concertmaster, Amy Schwarz Moretti.
Mr. Cox and Ms. George have a solo album on the Centaur label that was hailed by American Record Guide as “one of the best chamber music releases of 1992.” A second CD was released on the Centaur label in the spring of 1998 featuring Mr. Cox’s horn section of the Oregon Symphony and Friends. The music includes transcriptions of Bach and Mendelssohn works for large horn choirs. Mr. Cox has been recognized by The San Diego Tribune as a “wonderfully controlled French Hornist,” The Oregonian as having “agile technique and an elegant way with the music,” and has been mentioned in numerous reviews for his leading of the Oregon Symphony Horn Section (see CDs).
Before his arrival in Oregon Mr. Cox was Associate Principal Horn of the Orquesta Sinfonica Municipal of Caracas, Venezuela. He holds a Masters Degree in Horn Performance from Boston University and a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Evansville, IN (1978). His principal teachers include Paul Nolte, Charles Kavalovski, Philip Farkas, Shirley Snethen, and Michael Hatfield.
Mr. Cox and his bassoonist/nurse wife, Bonnie, have four children and one Dalmatian. He enjoys rebuilding horns and seems to always be working on his old Jeep. As a student at the University of Evansville, he assigned to himself the goal of being a member of a major U.S. orchestra by the age of 25. When he auditioned for Maestro James DePreist and the Oregon Symphony, and won his position, he realized his goal with three hours to spare.
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