Philip Myers - Renowned Hornist, Former Principal French Horn at New York Philharmonic

Philip Myers - Renowned Hornist, Former Principal French Horn at New York Philharmonic

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Philip Myers joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal French Horn in January 1980, and made his solo debut with the Orchestra that month in the premiere of William Schuman’s Three Colloquies for French Horn and Orchestra. 

Mr. Myers began his orchestral career in 1971 with a three-year term as principal horn of the Atlantic Symphony in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was third horn with the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1974 until 1977. As principal horn of the Minnesota Orchestra for a season and a half, he made his solo debut with that ensemble in 1978, performing Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1, Sir Neville Marriner conducting, followed by the Britten Serenade also with Marriner conducting.

From 1980 to 2017 he was principal horn in the New York Philharmonic where he soloed with the orchestra every year of his tenure. For ten years taught at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Lausanne in Switzerland.

A native of Elkhart, Indiana, Mr. Myers holds two degrees from Carnegie–Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he studied with Forrest Standley. He includes Myron Bloom and William Slocum as major influences. 

He now spends his time working on music publishing and playing with his four dogs.