Erik Ralske

Erik Ralske joined the New York Philharmonic as third horn in September 1993 after six years as associate principal horn with the Houston Symphony Orchestra. Previously, he was principal horn with the Vancouver Symphony, Florida Symphony, and Tulsa Philharmonic orchestras. He received both his bachelor of music and master of music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Ranier DeIntinis (former New York Philharmonic third horn). He also studied at the Aspen Music Festival under John Cerminaro (former Philharmonic principal horn).

In addition to his duties with the Philharmonic, Mr. Ralske maintains a busy schedule as a teacher, chamber musician, and, on occasion, soloist. He is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and the Mannes College of Music and taught at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara in the summer of 2001. As a chamber player, he has performed with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, as well as the Seattle and Vancouver Chamber Music Festivals. In recent years, Mr. Ralske has been a featured soloist with the Jupiter Symphony, Texas Music Festival, and North Shore (Long Island) symphony orchestras. He was among the four featured artists from the New York Philharmonic in performances of Schumann’s Konzertstück for four horns. Kurt Masur also chose to include this work on the orchestra’s June 2001 South American tour, just as he did for its 1996 European tour (performances in which Mr. Ralske was also a soloist).

Manhattan School of Music faculty since 1993.