Robert Nuñez has served as Principal Tuba of both the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and New Orleans Opera since starting with the LPO in the 1991-1992 season. He currently performs as tubist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Brass Quintet and the Crescent City Brass quintet. Mr. Nuñez is Adjunct Professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Tulane University and coaches the brass section for the Loyola University Orchestra and Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra. |
He has held previous appointments as Professor of Tuba at the University of New Orleans and Loyola University of New Orleans. He served as Brass Instructor for the Louisiana Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in 2014 and for the Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps from 1988-1996.
His teachers include legendary pedagogue Arnold Jacobs, Principal Tuba of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 1944-1988, Neal Tidwell, former Principal Tuba of the New Orleans Symphony and Richard Erb, former bass trombonist of both the New Orleans Symphony and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mr. Nuñez’s solo presentations include his performance of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto in f minor with the Louisiana Philharmonic in the 1999-2000 season, and his presentation of the Concerto for Horn No. 1 in Eb by Richard Strauss with the New Orleans Concert Band in May 2010.
Mr. Nuñez performed with numerous brass ensembles and is a founding member of both the New Orleans Uptown Brass quintet and the Houston Metropolis Brass Quintet. Mr. Nuñez has appeared with the Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble, and remains active in many Dixieland groups in and around New Orleans. In 2006, he performed with the New York Philharmonic and Nashville Symphony in a series of collaborative concerts with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Robert Nuñez has twice joined forces with Ray Charles and his Orchestra and played with the rock bands Kansas and The Moody Blues. He performed with luminary jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck and his quartet during a joint endeavor between Dave and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society in 2005. Robert’s new endeavor is with Really Good Music Publishing. Drawing on his vast performance experience in Orchestra, chamber and jazz he will add to the literature for brass including: large brass ensemble, Brass Quintet, Low Brass, solo tuba and Euphonium pieces and arrangements.