Richard Britsch, horn
Richard Britsch has been principal horn of the Peninsula Music Festival since 1992. He serves as principal horn of the Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan, as well as affiliate professor of horn at Grand Valley State University, where he is a member of the Grand Valley Wind Quintet and the Grand Valley Brass Quintet.
The Florida native was co-principal horn of the Sarasota Orchestra (formerly the Florida West Coast Symphony), principal horn of the Southwest Florida Symphony of Fort Meyers and a member of the horn section in the Florida Orchestra of Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater.
In addition to being a founding member of the Florida Wind Quintet, he was a member of the Emerald Brass, which won first prize in both the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and the Yamaha/Summit Brass International Brass Competition.
He has also served on the faculties of Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids Community College, The American Festival of the Arts in Houston, the Luzerne Music Center in New York's Adirondack Park and Manatee Community College in Bradenton, Florida. He studied at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where his principal teacher was Ralph Froelich. He has also studied with Greg Hustis, Dave Krehbiel and Randy Gardener.
He performs regularly with the Detroit Symphony and has performed as guest principal horn with the Milwaukee Symphony and with the Taegu City Symphony of Taegu, South Korea. He has participated in The Southern Illinois Music Festival, the Florida Music Festival and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Austria.