Alan DeMattia’s future was predicted at birth by his great-grandfather, Enea Trovarelli, who observed that the baby had the lips and jaw structure of a French horn player. His prediction came true when, in the tenth grade at Cuyahoga Falls High School, DeMattia was encouraged by band director Royal Reynolds to switch from the cornet to the horn.
DeMattia subsequently earned a Bachelor of Music Education as a horn major at Kent State University and a Master of Music at the Cleveland Institute of Music. His major teachers were Roland Gamble, Samuel Gindin, and Richard Solis. He was Instructor of Horn at Cleveland State University from 1991 to 2003, having also served at Kent State University and at the Oberlin Conservatory. He currently teaches at Case Western Reserve University and serves as a teacher/coach with Kent-Blossom Music.
DeMattia began his orchestral performing career in 1980 as Principal Horn of the Canton Symphony. He was in the Ohio Chamber Orchestra as Principal Horn from 1981 to 1984, and has been Utility Horn in The Cleveland Orchestra since then. He has also been an avid chamber music performer, with membership in the New Cleveland Chamber Players (1981-1985), Cleveland Lyric Brass (1982-1990) and the Cleveland Octet (1991-1999). He has been an instructor at various music camps internationally, and was a clinician at the 34th International Horn Symposium of the International Horn Society, held in August 2002 in Lahti, Finland. Along with the entire Cleveland Orchestra horn section, DeMattia appeared in concert and master class at the 40th International Horn Symposium (July, 2008) in Denver, Colorado.
With DeMattia family members Edmond (uncle), Richard (brother) and Suellen (wife), DeMattia has recently been involved in concerts presented for the benefit of Habitat for Humanity and other organizations. Go to www.benefit-concert.org to investigate recent or upcoming activity.
DeMattia lives in Novelty, Ohio, with his wife Suellen and their three children.
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