Albert Houde has been delighting audiences with silvery lyricism for nearly two decades. Sought for his “standout horn playing” (Palm Beach Arts Paper), he has been featured on Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No. 1 and in Schumann’s Konzertstück for Four Horns, among several solo appearances. An accomplished freelance orchestral musician, Albert has performed numerous concerts with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Reading Symphony Orchestra, and spent nine seasons as Principal Horn of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Albert can be heard with the West Virginia Symphony, where he will serve as Acting Principal for 2017 and has served as Acting Third since 2015.
Albert earned degrees from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music and the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Upon completion of his graduate studies at Peabody, he was awarded the Richard Franko Goldman Prize for outstanding brass performance. Albert studied horn with Randy Gardner, Professor of horn at CCM, noted pedagogue, and former second horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra; and Peter Landgren, former Professor of Horn at the Peabody Institute and former Associate Principal Horn of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra..He has studied respiratory function and sound production with David Fedderly, noted Arnold Jacobs student and former Principal Tuba of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
Albert lives in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he spends his time trying to keep up with his four energetic children and his wife, acclaimed viola professor Andrea Houde. He is currently evolving from a novice guitarist into a lousy guitarist, enjoys playing golf, loves finding spots to eat good barbecue, and can often be found in the kitchen or in front of the grill whipping up something tasty.