Michael Thornton, Principal Horn of LA Chamber Orchestra and Colorado Symphony, enjoys a distinguished and varied career as an orchestral performer, chamber musician, soloist, and pedagogue. He has performed on five continents and has presented numerous masterclasses at prestigious musical institutions in the United States and abroad.
Before joining the Colorado Symphony, Thornton left his studies at The Juilliard School to become the Principal Horn of the Honolulu Symphony. He has also performed as a guest Principal Horn with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony and as guest Associate Principal Horn with the Philadelphia Orchestra. An avid chamber musician and soloist of international recognition, he has been a featured performer at venues around the world. He performs annually as the Solo Horn of the Washington Island Music Festival in Door County, Wisconsin, and will serve this season as hornist with the Camerata Pacifica Chamber Ensemble in Southern California. As a soloist, Thornton has appeared with the National Arts Center Orchestra (Canada), Melbourne Musician’s Chamber Orchestra (Australia), and numerous orchestras in the U.S.
Appointed to the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1999, Michael Thornton is currently an Associate Professor of Horn. Learn more about Thornton here.
This performance is made possible by the David and Irmgard Dobrow Fund. Classical music was a passion of Drs. David and Irmgard Dobrow, who established a generous endowment at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music to make programs like this possible. We are proud to celebrate this program as part of the 2019–20 Dobrow Series.