Artist Bio

Mark Almond, horn

Mark Almond joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra as Coprincipal French Horn in 2016. While studying medicine at Cambridge and Oxford Universities, he became Principal Horn of the European Union Youth Orchestra, performed in the finals of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, won the silver medal of the Shell London Symphony Orchestra Scholarship, performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, and was appointed Third Horn with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. He has since played Guest Principal with numerous ensembles including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He is an experienced pulmonologist and internal medicine physician and has a Ph.D. in immunology and virology.