Robert Lauver

Irving (Buddy) Wechsler Chair
Bob Lauver has been a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and its wonderful horn section since 2000. He has also been a member of the St. Louis, Columbus, Alabama and Austin Symphony Orchestras. 

Lauver's education started in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he studied with Neill Sanders, second hornist to Dennis Brain and recording artist with the Beatles. His studies continued at the Peabody Conservatory and Northwestern University.

Lauver has been a soloist with the St. Louis Symphony, and several times with the Pittsburgh Symphony, performing Schumann's Konzertstück on three separate subscription concert series. He also performed Mozart's Horn Concerto #3 as soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony. 

His teaching spans more than 30 years in Texas, St. Louis at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, the University of Missouri at St. Louis (UMSL) and Carnegie Mellon University. Presently, Lauver is adjunct professor of horn at West Virginia University. He has been on the faculty of The Barry Tuckwell Institute for six summers teaching and performing alongside the legendary soloist and many of the country's finest teachers and performers. 

In the summers, Lauver performs with the Grand Teton Music Festival, which attracts musicians from the greatest orchestras in the United States and abroad. He loves returning there with his wife and three daughters to enjoy the amazing scenery and to go hiking and backpacking. 

Lauver considers life in Pittsburgh with the Symphony and his lovely family a dream gig, and he is continually amazed when he pinches himself and realizes again and again he's still awake!