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Brian O'Connor has been an active LA recording studio Horn player and soloist for over thirty years. He studied Horn and music with Paul Tafoya in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he was born and raised, and concertized as a soloist with the Highland High Wind Ensemble, the Albuquerque Youth Symphony and the New Mexico All State Orchestra.  He studied significantly with Robert Elworthy, Principal Horn of the Minnesota Orchestra and the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra; Philip Farkas at Aspen, the Principal Horn of the Chicago Symphony under Fritz Reiner; and James Stagliano, the venerable Principal Horn of the Boston Symphony for around 40 years and the Professor of Horn at the New England Conservatory, which O’Connor attended on scholarship.  Brian continued his studies at the California Institute of the Arts, and with internationally renowned solo studio Horn player Vincent DeRosa, and graduated in 1973.  He continued to study for ten more years with Mr. DeRosa.  O’Connor has built a unique and vibrant system of Horn playing based on all of his studies and significant professional experience.

Brian was Principal Horn of the American Ballet Theater Orchestra in Los Angeles for eleven years and played Principal Horn for many Broadway shows in L.A. for over twenty years including “Sweeney Todd” (recorded for PBS) and the original west coast production of “Phantom of the Opera.”  He has played Principal Horn with the L.A. Master Chorale, the Reno Opera, the Los Angeles Opera Repertory Theater Orchestra, the Harlem Ballet, the California Philharmonic, the New West Symphony and the Pasadena Pops.  He also played solo Horn and recorded with the Thomas Talbert Big Band and Tommy Newsom’s Jazztet.  O’Connor has been a member of the Pacific Serenades, South Bay and Greek Theater Chamber Music groups for some years, and has performed in many memorable concerts of famous and newly composed chamber music that include Horn.  He recently performed the Brahms Horn Trio with Roger Wilkie and Delores Stevens, the Britten “Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings” with Steve Amerson and orchestra, and the Sonata for Horn and Piano by Bruce Broughton, with Mr. Broughton at the Piano. 
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Mr. O’Connor has been involved in recording over 2,300 film scores (750 scores as Principal / Solo Horn) in over thirty years that he has participated as a first-call Los Angeles Studio Recording Musician.  Aside from playing on such movies as "Titanic," "Finding Nemo," “War of the Worlds,” "Toy Story," "The Bourne Identity," “Field of Dreams,” “Always,” “Transformers,” “Silverado,” ” Rescuers Down Under,” and "The Edge," and he has played Principal and Solo Horn on “Miracle at St. Anna’s” “Evan Almighty,” “Crimson Tide,” “The Pacifier,” “Dreamer,” “The Notebook,” “Flicka,” “Bridge to Terabithia,” “The Good German,”  “Inside Man,” “Bruce Almighty,” “Lion King,” "Star Trek: First Contact," “Star Trek: Generations,” "Princess Diaries," “Cinderella Man,” "Cats and Dogs," "The Scorpion King," "Seabisquit," "All the Pretty Horses," "Austin Powers: The Spy That Shagged Me,"  “A League of Their Own,” “The Rock,” “Polly,” "Beverly Hills Ninja" and “Down Periscope” to name a few.  He has been the Principal Horn on the TV shows "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: Enterprise," “The Young Riders,” episodes of “How the West Was Won” and “The Carol Burnett Show.”  Recently he performed for the EPCOT Center music for “Canada” and general themes for the park as well as many musical packages for Disneyland, Disneyworld and Disneyland Tokyo.  He participated in the live performance of John William’s "ET" on the 25th Anniversary concert at the Shrine Auditorium, which was added to the re-release of "ET" on the 25th Anniversary DVD release.  O’Connor is one of the most recorded Horn players in the world and people in every country have heard his work including both Principal and Section performances in live TV and Awards shows including the Academy Awards, the Emmys, the Grammy’s and the People’s Choice Awards in addition to his work for TV series, Record, Jingle and Video Game recordings.

O’Connor has been Professor of Horn at UCLA for eleven years and, under his leadership, a strong national program has been built.  The UCLA Horn Studio has grown to cover all aspects of professional Horn playing and currently has a significant reputation drawing many national applicants. In July 2008, O’Connor performed as a featured soloist and clinician at the 40th International Horn Society Symposium in Denver, CO, in addition to presenting the UCLA Bruin Horn Club in concert, which he founded in 2001, in performances of works by Bruce Broughton, Justin Freer and Joseph Trapanese with superb review.

 

2012     Argo     Alexandre Desplat     Horn
2012     Wreck-It Ralph     Henry Jackman     French Horn
2012     John Carter     Michael Giacchino     French Horn
2012     Savages [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         Horn
2011     The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn [Music from the Motion Picture]     Horn
2011     Water for Elephants     James Newton Howard     Horn
2010     Dinner for Schmucks     Theodore Shapiro     Horn
2010     Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief     Christophe Beck     Horn
2010     Repo Men         Horn
2010     The Pacific [Original Score]     Hans Zimmer     Horn
2009     Avatar     James Horner     Horn
2009     Batman: The Brave & the Bold [Soundtrack from the Animated Television Series]     Horn
2009     Fast & Furious [Original Motion Picture Score]     Horn
2009     Public Enemies [Score]     Elliot Goldenthal     Horn
2009     Star Trek [Music from the Motion Picture]     Michael Giacchino     French Horn
2009     The Ugly Truth [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Aaron Zigman     French Horn
2009     Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen -- The Score     Steve Jablonsky     Horn
2009     Trick 'R Treat: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack     Douglas Pipes     Horn
2009     X-Men Origins: Wolverine [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Horn
2009     Year One [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Theodore Shapiro     Horn
2008     End Titles...Stories for Film     UNKLE     Bass
2008     Express [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         Horn
2008     Heart On     Eagles of Death Metal     Bass
2008     Max Payne [Original Score]     Marco Beltrami     Horn
2008     Nights in Rodanthe [Original Motion Picture Score]     Jeanine Tesori     Horn, Main
2008     Sex and the City: Original Motion Picture Score     Aaron Zigman     Horn
2008     The Curious Case of Benjamin Button [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Horn
2008     WALL-E [Original Score]     Thomas Newman     French Horn
2008     Wanted [Original Score]     Danny Elfman     French Horn
2007     Bridge to Terabithia         Horn, Main Personnel
2007     Disturbia [Original Motion Picture Score]         Horn
2007     Forever Cool     Dean Martin     French Horn, Main Personnel
2007     Hairspray [2007 Original Soundtrack]         Horn
2007     Next [Music from the Motion Picture]     Mark Isham     Horn
2007     Shooter [Music from the Motion Picture]         Horn
2007     The Number 23 [Original Motion Picture Score]     Harry Gregson-Williams     Horn
2007     Transformers: The Score [Original Motion Picture Score]     Steve Jablonsky     Horn
2006     Flags of our Fathers [Soundtrack]     Clint Eastwood     Horn
2006     X2: X-Men United [Original Motion Picture Score]     John Ottman     French Horn
2005     An Adventure Story of Steamboy     Steve Jablonsky     Horn
2005     Constantine [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Brian Tyler     Horn
2005     Dark Water [Original Score]     Angelo Badalamenti     Horn
2005     Dreamer [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Debney     Horn
2005     Elektra [Original Motion Picture Score]     Christophe Beck     Group Member, Horn
2005     King Kong [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         Horn
2005     Meet the Fockers [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Randy Newman     Horn
2005     Robots [Original Score]     John Powell     Horn
2005     Sin City [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Robert Rodriguez     Horn
2005     The Skeleton Key [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         Horn
2005     War of the Worlds [Music from the Motion Picture]         Horn
2004     Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     James Horner     Horn
2004     Day After Tomorrow     Harald Kloser     Horn
2004     Flight of the Phoenix [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Marco Beltrami     Horn
2004     I, Robot [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Marco Beltrami     Horn
2004     Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Horn
2004     Miracle (Original Soundtrack)     Mark Isham     Horn
2004     National Treasure (Original Score)     Trevor Rabin     Horn
2004     Spider-Man 2 [Original Motion Picture Score]         French Horn
2004     The Big Bounce [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     George S. Clinton     French Horn
2004     The Bourne Supremacy [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Powell     Horn
2004     The Notebook [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         French Horn
2004     The Village (Original Score)     James Newton Howard     Horn
2003     Agent Cody Banks         Horn
2003     Bruce Almighty [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Debney     French Horn, Principal
2003     Bulletproof Monk [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Eric Serra     French Horn
2003     Gothika [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Ottman     French Horn
2003     Paycheck [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Powell     Horn
2003     Taken [Original Television Score]     Laura Karpman     Horn
2003     The Hunted [Music from the Motion Picture]     Brian Tyler     Horn
2003     X2 [Original Motion Picture Score]     John Ottman     French Horn
2002     Blade II     Marco Beltrami     Horn
2002     Collateral Damage [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         French Horn
2002     Dragonfly [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Debney     Horn
2002     Signs [Original Motion Picture Score]     James Newton Howard     Horn
2002     Star Trek: Nemesis [Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Horn
2002     The Emperor's Club [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     James Newton Howard     Horn
2002     The Scorpion King [Original Motion Picture Score]     John Debney     French Horn
2002     The Tuxedo [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Debney     Horn
2002     XXX [Original Motion Picture Score]     Randy Edelman     Horn
2001     Along Came a Spider     Jerry Goldsmith     Horn
2001     Black Knight [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Randy Edelman     Horn
2001     Cats and Dogs [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     John Debney     Horn
2001     Domestic Disturbance [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Mark Mancina     Horn
2001     Don't Say a Word [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Mark Isham     Horn
2001     Evolution [Original Score]     John Powell     Trombone
2001     Life as a House [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Mark Isham     Horn
2001     The Glass House [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Christopher Young     Horn
2001     The Princess Diaries [Original Score]     John Debney     Horn
1992     Christmas at Boots' Place     Boots Randolph     French Horn
1992     Grand Canyon [Original Soundtrack]     James Newton Howard     French Horn
1989     Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]     Horn
1988     The Dead Pool [Original Score]     Lalo Schifrin     French Horn
    Captain Abu Raed [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         French Horn
    Human Target: Season 1     Bear McCreary     French Horn
    Role Models [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         Horn
    Throw Momma from the Train [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]         French Horn

 

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