Robert Rearden joined the National Symphony Orchestra horn section in 2016. He previously served as principal horn of the Florida Orchestra from 2010 to 2016. He has performed regularly as a guest musician with the Cleveland Orchestra since 2004, including multiple recordings and tours of Europe, Asia, and the U.S., and was a member of the New World Symphony from 2006 to 2010. He also appeared frequently as guest principal horn of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra from 2010 to 2015. Rearden has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, All-Star Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, and with the Mainly Mozart, Britt, Artosphere, Steamboat Springs, Spoleto USA, and Eastern music festival orchestras. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina as a student of Robert Pruzin and earned a Master of Music degree and artist diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music as a student of Eli Epstein and Richard Solis. He also studied with Julie Landsman and with David Wakefield. He was a fellowship recipient at Tanglewood and the Aspen Music Festival. While with the Florida Orchestra, Rearden appeared as a soloist on several occasions, and was also a featured soloist on the orchestra’s most recent recording. He was a featured artist at the 2017 Southeast Horn Workshop, and has also taught masterclasses in Havana, Cuba, at the universities of Houston and South Florida, and at the Kent-Blossom and Eastern music festivals. Rearden teaches horn at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.