Benjamin Jaber has been Principal Horn of the San Diego Symphony Orchestra since May 2008. He has also performed as Guest Principal Horn with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the IRIS Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic and as an extra player with the Houston, Richmond and New World Symphonies and the Houston Grand Opera Orchestra. He has also appeared as a guest artist on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella new music series.
As a soloist, Mr. Jaber received First Prize in the university division of the 2003 American Horn Competition and was the winner of the Aspen Music Festival’s 2004 brass concerto competition. He was also a featured artist at the first-ever Conservatory Project recital series held at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. He has spent summers at the Aspen Festival, the National Orchestral Institute, the Pacific Music Festival, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, CO and the Marlboro Music Festival and has also toured with the Musicians from Marlboro series. He remains active as a recording artist in the motion picture studios of Los Angeles, adding many different projects to his credit. As a teacher, Mr. Jaber has served on the faculties of the University of California San Diego and the University of California Los Angeles and also maintains a private studio from home.
Mr. Jaber studied at the Interlochen Arts Academy, Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and The Colburn Conservatory where he was the first horn player ever to be graduated from the school. His teachers were William Ver Meulen, John Zirbel, David Jolley and Bruce Henniss. He performs on a horn by S.W. Lewis of Chicago.