Completing his final year at the Bard College Conservatory of Music, Cameron West is studying French horn with Julia Pilant, Julie Landsman, Barbara Jostlein and Jeffrey Lang. West has served as principal of the Bard Conservatory Orchestra, and performed at six concert venues in the Orchestra’s recent tour of Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan, in addition to seven concert venues in the Orchestra's recent tour of Eastern Europe. At Bard, West has performed twice with the American Symphony Orchestra at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, and is scheduled to perform a third time with the orchestra in May 2015. In addition to his bachelor of music, Cameron will receive a bachelor of arts in psychology in May 2015. As a core member of the new music ensemble Contemporaneous, West has premiered music that “speaks to the here and now” at venues ranging from Manhattan public schools to juvenile detention facilities, colleges, and concert venues across New York City. Joining members of Contemporaneous, Eighth Blackbird, Jack Quartet, Tilt Brass, and Face the Music, West premiered John Luther Adams's "Sila: The Breath of the World" at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors and Mostly Mozart festivals. In January 2014, he joined Contemporaneous at St. Anne's Warehouse in a concert with Jherek Bischoff and David Byrne. As a founding member of the Hudson Valley Brass Quintet, West performed at Montgomery Place, Kingston’s AIDS Walk, Sinterklaas Rhinebeck, the New Orleans Festival at Bard College, and on the frozen Hudson River. The Quintet performed and taught at the prestigious Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in South Africa in July 2014. The quintet was also featured on Hungarian television the same month for their performance at Semsey Castle in Balmazújváros, Hungary. West's horn playing can be heard on albums by Andy Zipf, Chris Rubeo, Finnegan Shanahan, Jesse Featherstone, and Yassou Benedict. Cameron is also an active singer-songwriter and composer, with several performances, recordings, and a video directed by Yuxin Huang to his credit. He has performed at Birdland in New York and established a residency at Sheddy’s Bar and Grill in Los Angeles. West composed "Last Minute Panic," a horn quintet commissioned by Julie Landsman in 2012. He also composed the music for the 2009 documentary “Return to Virunga: The Battle to Save the Mountain Gorillas,” directed by Stefan Lovgren and premiered by Discovery Channel Latin America. West released his first full-length album of original songs called “Forest Through the Trees” in 2014, and his EP "S" in 2012.

Cameron West

French horn