Photo of Robert Walters
  • Professor of Oboe and English Horn


  • BM, Curtis Institute of Music, 1990
  • MFA, Creative Writing, Columbia University, 1995
  • Studies with Richard Woodhams and John Mack


Robert Walters joined the Cleveland Orch­estra as solo English horn in 2004 and two years later began teaching at Oberlin Conservatory. Prior to his appointment in Cleveland, he served in the same capacity with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. 

Walters' varied career has led to appearances as guest soloist with top orchestras including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Beijing Radio Symphony, and festival performances at Banff, Bard, Caramoor, Grand Teton, Spoleto, and the Music Academy of the West. In November 2015, he premiered Bernard Rands’ Concerto for English Horn with the Cleveland Orchestra, which was commissioned for Walters as part of Oberlin Conservatory’s 150th anniversary celebration.

Since joining the Metropolitan Opera, Walters has helped students of both instruments attain solo positions in the following orchestras: Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, New Jersey, Orpheus, Pacific, Richmond, Rochester, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Santa Fe Opera, Santiago, Sarasota Opera, Seattle, Shanghai, Syracuse.

Excellence in Teaching Award, Oberlin College, 2015-16 academic year

  • Cleveland Orchestra, Oboe and Solo English horn (2004-present)
  • Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Oboe and Solo English horn (2000-04)
  • Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Oboe and Solo English horn (1996-2000)
  • Philadelphia Orchestra, Performances as Assistant Principal and Second Oboe (1988-95)

  • Orchestra of St. Lukes
  • Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
  • American Symphony Orchestra
  • Brooklyn Philharmonic
  • American Ballet Theater
  • New York Chamber Symphony (92nd Street Y)
  • RCA Studios for Columbia Pictures
  • BMG Studios
  • Opera Orchestra of New York
  • Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
  • Marlboro Music
  • Musicians from Marlboro touring ensemble

The following is a partial list of Walter’s solo performances:

  • Soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony
  • The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
  • The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Carnegie Hall)
  • New York Chamber Soloists
  • The Beijing Radio Symphony (China)

  • Aspen Music Festival, Artist Faculty (2004-present)
  • Colorado College Summer Music Festival, Artist Faculty (2004-present)
  • New World Symphony, Coaching Program (2005-present)
  • Formerly Instructor of Oboe at Bard, Swarthmore, and Haverford colleges, and the University of Pennsylvania