Instructor of French Horn
Robert Hoyle is originally from the Philadelphia area. He began studying horn at the age of 14 and entered The Curtis Institute of Music at the age of 17 while still in high school. While a student of Mason Jones at Curtis, Mr. Hoyle frequently performed and recorded with the Philadelphia Orchestra. He continued his studies at Yale University and earned his Masters Degree at the Hartt School of Music as a student of Paul Ingraham. Having spent 24 seasons as Principal Horn with The Hartford Symphony Orchestra, he was frequently called upon to act as soloist. In the past few seasons, he has performed solo repertoire by Bach, Barsanti, Britten, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Strauss, Telemann, and Vivaldi with not only the Hartford Symphony, but also The Connecticut Orchestra, The Hartford Chamber Orchestra, The Manchester Symphony Orchestra, The Northwood Orchestra and Orchestra New England. Recent engagements have included the world premieres of Gary Tomassetti’s “Horn Concerto in Eb”, “Desert Stars (Variations on “Axioms”) by Julien Monick and performances of “Last Scenes”, by Verne Reynolds. Mr. Hoyle has also toured The United States and Europe as Associate Principal Horn of the Minnesota Orchestra. Other performing activities in and around Hartford have included serving as Principal Horn of the Connecticut Opera, productions at the Bushnell Memorial, and an active schedule with The Quiet City Brass Quintet. In the commercial arena he has performed with a virtual who’s who in the music business, appearing on stage with Julie Andrews, The Count Basie Orchestra, The Beach Boys, Andrea Bocelli, Dave Brubeck, Judy Collins, Peter Frampton, Lena Horne, Kansas, Johnny Mathis, Henry Mancini, Joni Mitchell, Mannheim Steamroller, Ann Murray, Luciano Pavarotti, Leann Rymes, Frank Sinatra Jr., Rod Stewart, and many others. Equally comfortable with chamber music, Mr. Hoyle has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe. He has performed at the Festival Casals in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has collaborated with the renowned Emerson String Quartet. Currently, he is proud to be performing as Hornist with Harmonia V, a new and innovative woodwind quintet. As a teacher, Mr. Hoyle has served on the faculties of The Hartt School of Music, The University of Akron, Trinity College, Central Connecticut State University, and The Hartford-Camerata Conservatory. He is currently the Horn Instructor at The University of Connecticut and Wesleyan University. In March of 2013, he hosted the highly acclaimed Northeast Horn Workshop at the University of Connecticut. Since the summer of 2012 he is proud to be a faculty member at the Kendall Betts Horn Camp, in Lyman, New Hampshire. Mr. Hoyle has recorded for Angel/EMI, Nimbus, and CRI.