Todd Williams, Natural Horn

Hailed by Gramophone for his “impressive horn playing,” Todd Williams is an active performer and educator based in Philadelphia. A leading exponent of the natural horn in America, he serves as principal horn of the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Trinity Wall Street, Clarion Society, Apollo’s Fire, Mercury, Opera Lafayette, Tempesta di Mare, Bläserband, and Cambini Winds. He has also appeared as soloist with the Bach Societies of Washington, Philadelphia, Dallas, Madison, and San Diego. On the topic of the natural horn, he’s conducted lectures at the Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, Oberlin Conservatory, University of Wisconsin, and the University of Texas. On the modern valved horn, he is a staple of the Philadelphia music scene performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Opera Philadelphia, the Academy of Vocal Arts, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and the Philly Pops. Equally versatile in the Jazz/Popular world, he’s performed with the likes of Frank Sinatra Jr, Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello, and Sarah Mcclachlan, to name a few. Since 2003, he’s served as solo horn of the opera festival Lyrique-en-Mer, France. He has recorded on such labels as Naxos, Chandos/Chaconne, CORO, Musica Omnia, and Warner Brothers. Radio broadcasts, including recorded and live performances, have aired on Radio France (france musique), WQXR (New York), WETA (Washington, D.C.), WGBH (Boston), WWFM (New Jersey), and WRTI and WHYY (Philadelphia). Todd is a graduate of Indiana University.