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 currently serves as principal horn of numerous ensembles across the country including the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Trinity Wall Street, Clarion Society, Apollo’s Fire, Mercury, Opera Lafayette, Tempesta di Mare, and more.
Recent appearances as guest principal horn this season include Tafelmusik (Toronto) and American Bach Soloists (San Francisco). Past appearances as soloist include 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, the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin College, Case-Western University, the University of Wisconsin (Madison), the University of Texas (Austin), and has served as adjunct faculty at Temple University.
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 Pennsylvania Ballet, the Philly Pops, and the Academy of Vocal Arts. From 2003-2014, he served as solo horn of the opera festival Lyrique-en-Mer, France.
He’s recorded for Deutsche Grammophon, RCA/Sony Records, Atlantic Records, CORO, Naxos, Musica Omnia, Chaconne/Chandos, and Warner Brothers. Todd is a graduate of Indiana University.