Affiliate Artist Trumpet
office: MSM 331
office phone: (713)743-
address: 120 School of Music Bldg, Houston, TX 77204-4017
Robert Walp joined the Houston Symphony as Assistant Principal Trumpet in 1983. Originally from Pasadena, California, where he studied with Walter Laursen, James Stamp, and Principal Trumpet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Thomas Stevens prior to moving to Chicago to work with Vincent Cichowicz at Northwestern University. As a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Walp studied with Adolph Herseth and Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony. Following graduation from Northwestern in 1982, Walp studied in Europe with Timofei Dokshuster of the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, and Albert Calvayrac in Toulouse, France.
Well known for his success in teaching young people, Walp substituted for Vincent Cichowicz at Northwestern, leading master classes, teaching, and giving a recital at his alma mater. He served on the faculty of Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, and conducted numerous master classes in Europe as well as the US. He recently judged the Governour’s Prize for Brass Instruments at the Royal Academy of Music & Drama in Glasgow, Scotland. Walp maintains a private studio and his students are some of the most sought-after by major conservatories and schools of music.
Active as a chamber musician as well as recitalist, Walp has performed at the Carmel Bach Festival, Rheingau Musikfestival, Albi Festival, and Gidon Kremer’s Laurié Festival in Köln and St. Petersburg, Russia. Solo appearances include recitals throughout the U.S. and Europe and concerti with the orchestras of Houston, Duisburg (Germany), and Radio France.
As an undergraduate at Northwestern, Walp founded the Alice Millar Brass Ensemble and organized its first tour. He has performed with the Houston Symphony Brass Quintet, Houston Ballet Orchestra, Houston Grand Opera Orchestra, and, on baroque trumpet, the Houston Bach Society. Walp coaches the brass choir at his church, Christ the King Lutheran.
In 2006 the Houston Brass Band, a British-style brass band, invited Walp to coach the cornet section. This led to his conducting several rehearsals, after which he was appointed the band’s first Music Director. Now with a budget of over $40,000/annum, the ensemble is scheduled to record its second compact disc under his direction in spring of 2015.
In 2004 the Yamaha Corporation of America selected Walp as a Yamaha Performing Artist; he also sits on the Board of Directors of the Houston Civic Symphony. He organized and led TOOT! in performances and recording sessions. This ensemble comprises brass players and percussion from the Houston Symphony and Houston Grand Opera. A wide variety of repertoire in the 5.1 audio format will be released on SACD in 2015.