Professor Barry Tuckwell AC OBE FRCM FRSA
Barry Tuckwell’s multi-faceted career in music spans more than sixty years and during this time he has performed throughout the world as soloist, chamber musician, teacher and conductor. Born into a distinguished musical family in Melbourne, he joined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra at age 15 and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra a year later, before leaving for England at 19.
After playing with the Hallé, Scottish National and Bournemouth Symphony orchestras, Mr Tuckwell was appointed as Principal Horn with the London Symphony Orchestra. During his 13 years with the orchestra, which is a co-operative orchestra run entirely by the players, he was elected to the Board of Directors and was Chairman of the Board for six years.
He resigned from the Orchestra in 1968 to pursue a career as soloist and conductor. He has made over 50 recordings as a horn soloist and conductor and has received three Grammy Nominations. In January of 1997 he gave his farewell concerts as a horn soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Barry Tuckwell was chief conductor of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for four years, and the founding Conductor and Music Director of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra for sixteen years. He continues to have an active career throughout the world guest conducting and teaching as well as broadcasting, giving lectures and master classes.
He currently holds the position of Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne and Honorary Patron of the Melbourne International Festival of Brass. During his residence in the United States he was Distinguished Visiting Faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, and for six years served on the executive committee of the Maryland Humanities Council. Each year he leads the Barry Tuckwell Institute in America.
Among the many awards Barry Tuckwell has received are the Companion of the Order of Australia, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, Honorary Doctor of Music from the University of Sydney, Fellow of the Royal College of Music, Fellow of the RSA, the George Peabody Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Music in America, and the Andrew White Medal from Loyola College. He is also an Honorary member of both the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music in London.
- Rhapsodie: Fantasie: Poème: Music for Horn and Orchestra (2009)
- Mozart Horn Concertos (2007)
- Horn Sonatas (2006)