Robert Walters joined The Cleveland Orchestra as solo english horn at the beginning of the 2004-05 season. He made his debut as a soloist with the Orchestra in Ned Rorem’s English Horn Concerto in December 2006, and most recently performed Peteris Vasks’s English Horn Concerto in 2011. Mr. Walters has also appeared as guest soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Beijing Radio Symphony, Qingdau Symphony Orchestra, New York Chamber Soloists, Philadelphia Chamber Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. In June 2013, he performs Bach’s Concerto in A major, BWV1055, for oboe d’amore on the opening concert of the International Double Reed Society Conference in Redlands, California.
Prior to coming to Cleveland, Mr. Walters was the solo english horn player of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (2000-04), and with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (1997-2000). He performed and recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1990 to 1996 and was active as a freelance musician in New York City, performing with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Ballet Theatre, American Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He was also a frequent performer with James Levine and the MET Chamber Ensemble at Carnegie Hall.
Robert Walters spent five summers at the Marlboro Music Festival and has toured as a member of Musicians from Marlboro. He has appeared at the Banff, St. Bart’s, Bard, Caramoor, Grand Teton, and Spoleto festivals. He has served as an artist faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival and School and with the Colorado College Summer Music Festival.
A native of Los Angeles and raised in Nebraska, Mr. Walters is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and holds a master of fine arts degree in poetry from Columbia University. He studied with Richard Woodhams (principal oboe of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and the late John Mack (former principal oboe of The Cleveland Orchestra).
A fourth-generation college music professor, Robert Walters has taught at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music since 2006, and was appointed professor of oboe and english horn in 2010. Mr. Walters lives in Shaker Heights with his wife, jewelry designer Grace Chin, and their two daughters, Saya and Kira.