Obituary: Barry Tuckwell, horn player, founding music director of Maryland Symphony, 88

Posted on: January 21, 2020

“Barry Tuckwell, the horn player, conductor, teacher and author, has died at the age of 88,” writes Justine Nguyen in Friday’s (1/17) Limelight magazine (Sydney, Australia). “Born on March 5, 1931 in Melbourne … Tuckwell played the piano, violin and organ growing up…. Introduced to the French horn at the age of 13, Tuckwell … made rapid progress—at 15, he became third horn with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, and a year later joined the Sydney Symphony Orchestra as principal horn…. In 1950, [he became] Assistant First Horn with the Hallé Orchestra [and] in 1955 became principal horn of the London Symphony Orchestra, a position he would hold for 13 years. It was during this period that Tuckwell became an internationally recognized soloist and recording artist. He resigned from the LSO in 1968 to pursue a career as a soloist and conductor…. Many composers wrote works for him, including Oliver Knussen and Richard Rodney Bennett. In 1980, he [became] Chief Conductor of [Australia’s] Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra…. He authored several important texts … helped found the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in 1982 and established the International Horn Society’s Barry Tuckwell Scholarship in 1997…. Tuckwell leaves behind over 50 recordings and is recognized as the world’s most-recorded horn player.”