LA Phil adopts principal horn shunned by Chicago

LA Phil adopts principal horn shunned by Chicago

The outstanding hornist David Alan Cooper posted last night: ‘I am so happy to share that tonight I was granted tenure as Associate Principal Horn of the LAPhil.

‘This week the @laphil performed in Barcelona, Paris and London under MD @gustavodudamel. Every night was full of energy and very special music making. I am thankful to Maestro Dudamel, the fabulous horn section of the LAPhil and every musician in our orchestra for their art, dedication and great atmosphere! It’s a pleasure to keep working, creating and growing together.’

Cooper’s path has been somewhat rocky. He went from principal horn at the Dallas Symphony to the Berlin Philharmonic, where he resigned in 2018 ‘for private reasons‘ after little over a year. He was snapped up as principal by the Chicago Symphony, only to be refused tenure by a narrow margin in a vote of his colleagues.

Chicago’s loss is LA’s gain. He’s a world-class player.

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