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Robert Walters

Robert Walters bio

Oboe and English Horn

The Oberlin Conservatory of Music; The Cleveland Orchestra

Robert Walters became a member of The Cleveland Orchestra in the position of solo english horn at the beginning of the 2004-05 season. He made his solo debut with the Cleveland Orchestra in 2006 performing Ned Rorem’s English Horn Concerto. Mr. Walters has appeared as guest soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. Other solo engagements include performances with the Beijing Radio Symphony, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Soloists, and the Redlands Symphony Orchestra.

From 2000 to 2004, Mr. Walters served as solo english horn and oboe player with the Metropolitan Opera, and from 1997 to 2000, he served in the same position with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. From 1990 to 1996, he performed and recorded with The Philadelphia Orchestra and was active as a free-lance musician in New York City, performing with ensembles including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, American Ballet Theater, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He also was a frequent performer with James Levine and the MET Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall.
Mr. Walters has been a member of the artist faculty of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival since 2003 and joined the artist faculty of the Aspen Music Festival in 2005. He has served as instructor of oboe at the University of Pennsylvania and at Bard and Haverford colleges. In January 2006 he joined the oboe faculty of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where he is now Associate Professor of Oboe and English horn.

A native of Los Angeles, Robert Walters holds a bachelor of music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University, Graduate Writing Division. He spent five summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and toured as a member of Musicians from Marlboro. He participated in the National Repertory Orchestra, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, as well as the Bard, Caramoor and Spoleto festivals. Mr. Walters was a student of Richard Woodhams, principal oboe of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the late John Mack, former principal oboe of The Cleveland Orchestra.

Walters has been a member of the artist faculty of the Colorado College Summer Music Festival since 2003 and joined the artist faculty of the Aspen Music Festival in 2005. He has served as instructor of oboe at the University of Pennsylvania and at Bard and Haverford colleges. In January 2006 he joined the oboe faculty of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music where is now associate professor of oboe and English horn.

A native of Los Angeles, Walters holds a bachelor of music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music and a master of fine arts degree from Columbia University, Graduate Writing Division. He spent five summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and toured as a member of Musicians from Marlboro. He participated in the National Repertory Orchestra, the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, as well as the Bard, Caramoor, and Spoleto festivals. Walters was a student of Richard Woodhams, principal oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the late John Mack, former principal oboe of the Cleveland Orchestra.