Oregon Symphony Musician Bio
Associate Principal Horn
Joseph Berger is Associate Principal Horn of the Oregon Symphony, a position he has held since 1988. Prior to winning his position in Oregon he completed his music degree at The Juilliard School and was active as a freelance horn player in the New York area. He has performed with many orchestras throughout the country including the Honolulu Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Seattle Symphony.
In addition to his work with the Oregon Symphony, Joseph is an active performer playing in solo recitals and festivals throughout Oregon, including Chamber Music Northwest, the Bach Festival and the Bloch Music Festival. The Bach Festival in 1998 included a Grammy winning recording of the premiere of Penderecki's Credo. In recent summers, Joseph played solo horn in the Arizona Opera's production of Richard Wagner's Ring Cycle, and played principal horn in the Chautauqua Music Festival in the Chautauqua, N.Y., and in Wagner productions by the Seattle Opera.
Joseph received his bachelor's degree in music from The Juilliard School in 1987 where he studied with James Chambers. Other teachers have included James Decker, Julie Landsman and John Cerminaro.
In addition to music, he enjoys many other interests including riding his bicycle all over Portland and flying his paraglider at the inland mountains of Oregon and Washington and at the Oregon coast. He also builds artistic furniture and has a one-year-old son, Jake.