David Pyatt is Patron of the Watford Philharmonic Society
Principal Horn of the London Philharmonic Orchestra
Professor of Horn at the Guildhall School of Music
BBC Young Musician of the Year 1988
David Pyatt became Patron of Watford Philharmonic Society in March 2016.
David was only fourteen when he won the prestigious BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 1988 – at the time, the youngest player to take the title. He is a former pupil at Watford Boys’ Grammar School and he read History at Selwyn College, Cambridge.
David has forged an international career as principal horn player, first with the London Symphony Orchestra, and, more recently, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. He continues to be a sought-after soloist and ensemble player in concert halls throughout the world.
He also teaches younger players as Professor of Horn at the Guildhall School of Music and is a Horn Tutor with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain (click the link and spot David in the NYO team!) .
David Pyatt made his BBC Proms debut in 1993. He has reappeared several times since, giving a memorable performance of the Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 at the Last Night in 2004.
David has performed many times at the Edinburgh Festival. He gave a special recital to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of legendary horn player Dennis Brain, whose playing had greatly inspired him as a young musician.
David has made many critically acclaimed solo recordings and can be heard playing on the soundtracks of major films such as the Star Wars and Harry Potter series’.
From 2019, David will be the Principal Horn of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.