Nigel Black is principal horn of the Philharmonia Orchestra and head of the brass faculty at London’s Royal College of Music.
In 1979, at the age of 19 and after just two years of study at the Royal College of Music, Mr. Black was appointed principal horn of Milan’s Teatro alla Scala. He was subsequently a member the Chamber Orchestra of Europe (of which he was a founding member and first principal horn), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and London Philharmonic Orchestra before joining the Philharmonia in 1991.
In addition to hundreds of recordings with the Philharmonia, his solo recording credits include a recital disc with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Corno Cantabile (Octavia Exton Records); Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns with the Philharmonia Orchestra (Deutsche Grammophon); and The London Horn Sound (Cala Records).
Nigel Black has also been in demand as a studio player for more than 30 years and can be heard on numerous albums and hundreds of film scores, including every James Bond film since GoldenEye, The Lord of the Rings, and the entire Harry Potter series.