Robert Johnson
Houston Symphony, Moores School of Music
Robert  Johnson
Praised by newspaper critics and reviewers nationwide for playing “expressively with a well-paced succession of beautifully spaced phrases” and for being “equally at home shaping elegant legato lines and executing high flying gymnastics”, Hornist Robert Johnson enjoys a growing career as an orchestral and chamber musician, soloist, and teacher of horn.
Before joining the Houston Symphony in 2012 as Associate Principal Horn, Mr. Johnson was Assistant Principal/Utility Horn of the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, Principal Horn of both the Dayton Philharmonic and Richmond Symphony, and Fourth Horn of the Honolulu Symphony. He has also performed with the Houston Grand Opera, IRIS Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Saint Louis and San Antonio Symphonies, and as a Guest Principal Horn with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall, The Philadelphia Orchestra with broadcasts on SiriusXM’s Symphony Hall, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Johnson has performed as a Concerto Soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic, Kinetic New Music Ensemble, Houston Symphony, New World Symphony, Texas Music Festival, at Chicago’s Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and nationwide as a recitalist and chamber musician. In the summers, Mr. Johnson has performed with the AIMS, Aspen, Cascade, Colorado, Strings, Tanglewood, and Texas Music Festivals, as well as the Perlman Music Program and nine seasons with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony. He can be heard performing on numerous recordings, commercials, and soundtracks made with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestras, Dayton Philharmonic, Nashville String Machine Studio Orchestra, the Rice Horn Crew, and the Houston Symphony.
His students have won auditions, held positions and regularly counted performances with a number of professional ensembles, including Arizona MusicFest, Baton Rouge Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Canton Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, City Music Cleveland, Hawaii Symphony, Houston Ballet Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Mobile Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río, Round Rock Symphony, and the San Antonio Symphony, among others.
A proud graduate of Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, he studied with mentor William VerMeulen and received further training as a fellow with the New World Symphony. Mr. Johnson is a lifetime member of the International Horn Society and has authored and photographed for The Horn Call magazine. An outspoken advocate for men’s infertility, he has been the subject of and contributed to articles in Psychology Today and the New York Times.