Laurel Bennert Ohlson


Photo: Steve Suchman

National Symphony Orchestra Associate Principal Horn Laurel Bennert Ohlson has appeared as a concerto soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra and Eclipse Chamber Orchestra and in numerous solo engagements across the U.S. and South America.  Appointed by Mstislav Rostropovich, she has had the pleasure of performing with the NSO in the finest concert halls in Europe, Russia, China, Japan, Korea, South America, the U.S., and Oman.  She premiered Truman Harris’ Concertino for Horn and Chamber Orchestra with Eclipse Chamber Orchestra in 1999, and recorded the work in 2006.  Ms. Ohlson is on the faculty of The Catholic University of America, and is an active performer and teacher through the NSO’s Youth Fellowship Program, Summer Music Institute, and American Residencies.  She also conducts master classes and Wagner tuba clinics at International Horn Society Symposiums and International Women's Brass Conferences.  Ms. Ohlson presents “History of the Horn” lecture-demonstrations, playing on at least a dozen horn-related instruments including the alphorn, shofar, natural horn, Wagner tuba, and the ever-popular garden hose.  She has been on the Board of Directors of the IWBC since its founding in 1991, and is currently its Vice-President.

 National Symphony Orchestra Interview with Laurel

Laurel performs Ravel: Pavane pour une Infante Defunte with the Capitol Woodwind Quintet

Laurel performs Arrieu: Quintet in C Major with the Capitol Woodwind Quintet