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Richard Todd

  • Horn Player
  • Jazz

Biography

As a classical artist Richard Todd’s rigorous schedule includes recitals and solo engagements across North America, his position as principal horn with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, work in the film industry where he has been a recording artist on over 1,000 motion picture soundtracks, and on recording 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 recordings with such artists as Clark Terry, Ray Brown, Woody Herman, Lalo Shifrin, McCoy Tyner and Andre Previn. Richard Todd breaks down the barriers of music, being equally at home in all areas. He 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 entitled Three Concertos with the Saarbrucken Radio Orchestra. His solo albums: New Ideas ­ a crossover album of both classical and jazz and Rickterscale, prompted Todd to step 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 Richard Todd), an album of horn sonatas entitled Horn Sonatas of Three Centuries, and a new jazz album With A Twist. Todd is one of the only horn soloists to perform at both Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. His performances at both venues received standing ovations.

With a strong belief in music as an important form of communication, Richard Todd works to expand the horizons of all audiences and is deeply committed to music education. He is a much sought after teacher ­ on faculty at USC and the Henry Mancini Institute. Mr. Todd has taught at UCLA, the Waterloo Music Festival, Chautauqua Institute, Bowdoin Music Festival, Cal Arts and Occidental College. He has performed in hospitals, shelters, retirement homes and prisons (including San Quentin, where there had been no performances of any kind in two years). Richard 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.

Richard Todd has recorded for GM, RCA, Naxos, Angel, Nonesuch, Delos, BMG, SoSoSol, Capitol and RCM.