From Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl, from the Jazz Bakery to Birdland, internationally renowned concert, jazz and recording artist Richard Todd has earned acclaim as one of the finest horn soloists today. Rick has performed under the batons of Leonard Bernstein, Carlo Guilini, Sir Neville Marriner, Maurice Abravanel, Seiji Ozawa, André Previn, Helmuth Rilling and Gunther Schuller. His performances are described as “simply startling in their dexterity” and he is praised for his “heart-clutching sound.”
Richard breaks down the barriers of music. As a classical artist, his schedule includes recitals and guest solo engagements across North America, work in the film industry and recording projects with top artists. As a jazz artist, he has appeared in concerts and recordings with today’s best jazz musicians.
Richard’s recordings highlight his versatility. He made two CDs with André Previn, and Gunther Schuller personally selected Rick to record his Concerto No. 1 for Horn and Orchestra. Rick’s solo albums, New Ideas (a crossover album of both classical and jazz) and Rickterscale, revealed him to be a “star among jazz hornists.” More recently, he recorded an album entitled Horn Sonatas of Three Centuries; a jazz album, With A Twist; and Craig Russell’s Rhapsody for Horn and Orchestra with the San Luis Obispo Symphony, which they commissioned specifically for him.
Deeply committed to music education, Richard was among the most sought-after teachers on the faculty at USC and the Henry Mancini Institute, where he now serves on the Advisory Committee. He is currently professor of horn at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music as well as artistic director of the Frost Chamber Players.
Richard is in constant demand as a lecturer and clinician. As a spokesperson and consultant for Hans Hoyer Horns, he assists in the development of horn and mouthpiece designs. He joined LACO in 1980.