Thomas Jöstlein

Thomas Jöstlein


Associate Principal

Thomas Jöstlein,  Associate Principal Horn with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra since 2010, enjoys an active and varied musical life. From 2007-09, Jöstlein was the New York Philharmonic's Assistant Principal Horn, playing all positions, including Associate Principal and Third Horn. Under Music Director Lorin Maazel, he was on three major tours, including the historic live broadcast from North Korea (2008). Previously, he held positions with the Honolulu, Omaha, Richmond, and Kansas City symphony orchestras, and performed in summer festivals in Oregon, Ohio, Colorado, and North Carolina. He has served as Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Illinois, playing in the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra and Ian Hobson's Sinfonia da Camera while teaching horn and orchestral repertoire. He taught several weeks at Indiana University in 2014 in both natural and un-natural (i.e. valved) horn, and has held adjunct positions at the University of Hawaii and at Virginia Commonwealth University.

An active soloist, Jöstlein won First Prize in the professional division of the American Horn Competition in 2003, and the Grand Prize at the Hugo Kauder Music Competition at Yale University in 2005, earning a recital at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City. In 2014, he appeared with his hornist colleagues in the SLSO as a soloist on Schumann's Concertstück for Four Horns and Orchestra, op. 86.

As a composer, he has had several works published, including his original setting of Clement Moore’s ’Twas the Night before Christmas for Horn Trio and narrator (Cimarron Press). He appears on several recordings, notably Tony Bennett’s Duets II album, along with Phil Myers, Principal Horn, New York Philharmonic, and Jöstlein’s sister, Barbara Currie, Fourth Horn with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

He is indebted to his terrific teachers, notably tubists Arnold Jacobs and Roger Rocco, and hornists William VerMeulen, Philip Farkas, Tom Bacon, and Nancy Fako. He performs on horns by K. Berg, E. Schmid, R. Seraphinoff,  J. Vanon, and L.J. Raoux.

Thomas Jöstlein lives in University City, Missouri, with wife and fellow horn player Tricia and sons Klaus and Max.