Celebrated for his "astonishingly beautiful liquid tone", hornist Ernesto Tovar Torres is currently the fourth horn of The
Having established himself as an orchestral and chamber musician, he has performed with
the Atlanta Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the Naples Philharmonic, and the Grand Rapids Symphony.
A sought after chamber musician, Mr. Tovar's festival engagements include the SunValley Music Festival, Steamboat
Springs String Music Festival, and the Bellingham Festival. He has performed the Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 with
the Texas Music Festival Orchestra, and regularly performs with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
Mr. Tovar received his training at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, where he studied with William
VerMeulen. He holds a bachelor's degree in horn performance from Oklahoma State University where he studied with
A passionate advocate for musical education and equality in classical music, Mr. Tovar is currently on faculty at
Temple University's Boyer School of Music and Dance and is a Co-Founder of One World Horn, a 501(c)3 nonprofit
dedicated to providing free private lessons from the world's top pedagogues to young BIPOC horn players.
Mr. Tovar currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Marde Meek, and their three dogs: Cleopatra, Samantha, and
Francis. Together they enjoy walks in the park, cooking fine Mexican cuisine, and traveling (when they can find a dog