Philip Myers joined the New York Philharmonic as Principal French Horn in January 1980. A frequent soloist with the Philharmonic, he made his solo debut during his first month with the orchestra in the premiere of William Schuman's Three Colloquies for Horn and Orchestra. He has appeared as a Philharmonic soloist every year for 37 years of his tenure. He retired from the orchestra in 2017.
Mr. Myers began his orchestral career in 1971 with a three year term as principal horn of the Atlantic Symphony in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was third horn with the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1974 until 1977. As principal horn of the Minnesota Orchestra for a season and a falf, he made a solo debut with that ensemble in 1979, performing Richard Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 1 with Neville Marriner conducting.
A native of Elkhart, Indiana, Mr. Myers holds two degrees from Carnegie-Mellon Universiy in Pittsburgh. He plays Engelbert Schmid French horns. Mr. Myers is currently working on a book about the performance of horn parts in the nine Beethoven Symphonies and plans to follow that book with six more including the important works of Brahms, Bruckner, Dvorak, Mahler, Strauss and Tchaikovsky.