Oboe - Adjunct Professor
D.M.A. in Oboe Performance, Rice University
M. M. in Oboe Performance, Temple University
B.M. in Oboe Performance, Arizona State University
Erik Behr was appointed Principal Oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in May 2007. Prior to joining the RPO, he was Principal Oboe of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet. Mr. Behr has performed as guest principal with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony, and as a guest with the Seattle and Houston symphonies. During the summer, he performs alongside his wife, RPO Concertmaster Juliana Athayde, at the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and Mainly Mozart Festival. He also has performed at the Spoleto and Casals Festivals, with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, and in the world’s great concert halls as part of the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra under the baton of Kurt Masur.
In addition to numerous concerto appearances with the RPO and Houston Ballet, Mr. Behr has recorded Honegger’s Concerto da Camera with the RTV Slovenia Orchestra, and has performed concertos with European orchestras. He is a member of the World Wind Quintet, which has performed at the Edinburgh International Festival, Kilkenny Festival, and Maribor Festival. His playing has been praised by critics as “bold and graceful” (Washington Post), “immaculate” (Sunday Tribune), for its “tremendous musicianship and sense of style” (Irish Examiner) and “ease and eloquence” (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle).
Mr. Behr served on the oboe faculty at the University of Houston prior to joining the RPO and is presently Adjunct Professor at Roberts Wesleyan College and teaches private lessons at Cornell University. He received his bachelor’s degree (cum laude) at Arizona State University, his master’s from Temple University, and doctorate from Rice University. His principal teachers have been Robert Atherholt, Richard Woodhams, and Martin Schuring.