Photo of Roland Pandolfi
  • Professor of Horn


  • Attended the New England Conservatory of Music
  • Private studies with Arnold Jacob


Professor of Horn Roland Pandolfi joined the Oberlin Conservatory faculty in 2001. Prior to this appointment, he was principal horn of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for 35 years. He has held teaching positions at the St. Louis Conservatory of Music, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and Northwestern University.

His success as a teacher is apparent from the overwhelming success of his students, who have won positions in the Cleveland Orchestra, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Louisville Philharmonic, and the orchestras of Tenerife (Spain), Mexico City, Tuscon, and Bogota.

Pandolfi has extensive experience as an orchestral, solo, and chamber musician. He was a performer and teacher at the Banff Centre in Canada for 15 years and spent two summers at the Affinis Seminar in Japan. He has performed double concertos with Barry Tuckwell, Hermann Baumann, and Froydis Re Wekre. His solo performances with the St. Louis Symphony include concertos of Mozart, Haydn, Strauss, Bernard Heiden, and the Britten Serenade for tenor, horn, and strings.

His discography includes the Mozart Horn Quintet, the Mozart and Beethoven piano quintets on the Vox label, and the Saint-Saëns Morceau de Concert with Michael Kim for Summit Records.
He can also be heard on dozens of recordings by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.