Andrew Pelletier


Position: Associate Professor (horn)
Phone: 419-372-2321
Address: 1058 Moore Musical Arts Center

Andrew Pelletier is a very active and respected horn soloist, Grammy-award winning chamber musician and teacher/mentor. Of his solo playing, John Henken of the Los Angeles Times wrote, “gleaming, handsome playing. Pelletier is a soloist who seems capable of anything on his instrument.” Fanfare Magazine called him “Phenomenal…undeniably in tune with what he plays” and the American Record Guide has praised his “full sound and playing with authority and imagination.” He is the First Prize winner of the 1997 and 2001 American Horn Competition (America’s only internationally recognized competition for the horn) and has appeared as a soloist at the International Horn Society Annual Symposia in 1997, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2014. He is in regular demand for artistic residencies and clinics at universities and music schools and his solo tours have taken him to 28 US states, Canada, Mexico, England and Australia.

Dedicated to new music and the collaboration between performer and composer, he has commissioned and premiered over 25 new works for the horn as a solo voice, by such noted composers as Karlheinz Stockhausen, Roger Reynolds, Kerry Turner, Meredith Brammeier, Christopher Dietz, Carson Cooman, Randall Faust, Joseph Landers, C.R. Kasprzyk and Anne McGinty.

An active chamber musician, he performs with Southwest Chamber Music in California (with whom he won the 2005 Grammy award for Best Classical Recording, Small Ensemble), the Motor City Brass Quintet in Detroit and has performed with the Empire Brass Quintet, Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, and with Chamber Music at the Scarab Club, Detroit. As an orchestral performer, he is the principal horn of the Michigan Opera Theatre at the historic Detroit Opera House and the Ann Arbor Symphony, and has performed as guest principal horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic (under Music Director Gustavo Dudamel), the Detroit Symphony, the Toledo Symphony and Toledo Opera, ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus and the Windsor (Canada) Symphony. He is the former principal horn for the Santa Barbara Symphony, Ann Arbor Ballet Theatre, Columbus Bach Ensemble, Long Beach Camerata, Maine Chamber Ensemble and Portland (Maine) Ballet. He has also performed with the New West Symphony, Portland (Maine) Symphony Orchestra and is a founding member of the Portland Opera Repertory Theatre. He spent almost a decade as an active free-lance performer in Los Angeles and can be heard on film soundtracks as Battle: Los Angeles, Your Highness, Lethal Weapon 4, The X-Men, Frequency and TV movies for Lifetime TV and the SiFi Channel. 

A Lifetime member of the International Horn Society, he serves on its Advisory Council. His pedagogical articles have been published by the International Horn Society, the Norwegian Horn Society, the Texas Bandmaster’s Association and the New York Brass Conference. He holds a B.M. degree from the University of Southern Maine, and an M.M. and the D.M.A (voted Outstanding Graduate of the Class for both degrees) from the University of Southern California. His primary mentor was James Decker, with additional studies with John Boden, David Jolley, trumpeter Roy Poper, Michael Thompson and Gail Williams. He has recorded for MSR Classics, Cambria Master Classics, Koch International and Delos labels. Since 2004, Pelletier is very proud to serve as the Associate Professor of Horn at the Bowling Green State University College of Musical Arts, in Bowling Green, Ohio.

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