John began playing the horn with Padraig Diggin and the Rathfarnham Concert Band in Dublin. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music in 2001 where he studied with Jeff Bryant and Richard Bissill. He was appointed co-principal horn with the London Symphony Orchestra in the same year. John is currently principal horn of the London Philharmonic Orchestra and has played as guest-principal with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
As a soloist in the UK, Ireland and abroad, John has performed the Strauss Horn Concertos, the Mozart concertos and the Britten Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings. He has recorded Mozart’s second horn concerto on the Lyric label with the RTE Concert Orchestra and TV appearances include The Late Show and The Mozart Sessions where he performed Mozart’s fourth horn concerto, both broadcast on RTE. He has also recorded a series of recitals for FM3 Radio.
As a chamber musician John enjoys being as diverse as possible. He has appeared as featured artist in chamber festivals in Ireland, the UK, Europe and the USA. He also enjoys playing in Big Bands with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra in Ronnie Scott's in London. Other ensembles include the LSO Brass ensemble, London Winds, the London Chamber Orchestra and the Vogler quartet.
Faculties / departments: Brass