Boston Symphony Announces New Horn Player

By David Salazar

Horn player Austin Ruff is now a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

He will join the ensemble this fall.

“I am so thrilled to be joining the horn section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra,” said Ruff, who occupies the vacancy left by Jonathan Menkis following his retirement in 2018. “I was fortunate to be able to work and study with the section last summer at the Tanglewood Music Center and to join such a supportive and collaborative group is an honor. I am beyond excited to make music with my new colleagues and Maestro Nelsons in Boston this fall!”

Ruff, who is a Tanglewood Fellow, joins from the Omaha Symphony where he is associate principal horn. He has also performed with such orchestras as the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Kansas City Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the New World Symphony, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

“We are pleased to welcome the newest member of the horn section, Austin Ruff, to the Boston Symphony Orchestra,” added music director Andris Nelsons. “I first conducted Austin in the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra last summer, and it is always a joy to get to continue making music with the alumni of this wonderful program, from which so many BSO musicians (including three out of the four new players this season) have graduated. As we prepare for a busy season of performances, culminating in our 2025 appearance at Shostakovich Festival Leipzig, Austin’s skill and musicality will be a wonderful addition to the beautiful sound of our orchestra.”

Ruff is the latest in a series of personnel changes for the Boston Symphony, which recently announced a new concertmaster and new members.