Committed to Opera

Brad Gemeinhardt, Principal Horn

Praised by the New York Times as having performed “with poetry and backbone” at a recent performance on solo horn Mahler’s 5th Symphony at Carnegie Hall, hornist Brad Gemeinhardt is Principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera, where he has been a member of the orchestra since 2007.   Over his extensive and varied career spanning the last quarter century, in addition to countless performances at the Met, Mr. Gemeinhardt has performed as a Guest Principal horn of such ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  He has also performed in numerous Broadway shows, as well as with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony, among many others. Also he can be heard on television shows, radio jingles, commercial recordings and in many feature films, beginning with The Producers (2005)  to the more recent The Joker (2019) and In the Heights (2021).   Mr. Gemeinhardt also appears frequently with the Met Orchestra Chamber Ensemble’s performances at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, where he has performed the Brandenburg 1st Concerto, the Brahms Horn Trio, Schubert Octet, among other pieces, all to great acclaim.

Brad Gemeinhardt is sought after as a teacher and mentor for young, aspiring French horn players.  He serves on the faculties of the Juilliard School Pre-College Division and Columbia University, and is a Valade Fellow at Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan.  In addition, he is regularly invited to give master classes as a guest artist, most recently at the Juilliard School, the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, the Aspen Music Festival and School, and New York University.

Mr. Gemeinhardt received a Bachelor of Music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied horn with the late Jerome Ashby.  He resides in Manhattan with his wife Dana, his teenagers Alex and Marin and his cavapoo Macintosh.