Meet the Musicians Librarian

Robert O’Brien


Orchestra member since 2007

Hometown: Mt. Laurel, New Jersey

Education: Philadelphia Musical Academy

Studied with: Herbant Pierson, Tom Patton

Instrument: Bob plays a variety of instruments including a Schmidt double French horn, a Guild D-35 guitar, and a Fender FB-58 banjo.

About Robert:

It's no surprise that Bob is the most popular man in the orchestra; he has full access to all the notes in the Cleveland Orchestra library! His mastery of library science and his studies of the french horn, guitar, and banjo definitely prepared him for his three hour test for the librarian position which encompassed theory, history and musical knowledge.  Bob is an aficionado of all kinds of motorcycles both new and old, and relaxes by snapping photographs or sailing, two of his favorite hobbies. He's generally a folk music lover though he's also fond of the Italian music that accompanies his dinner at Michaelangelo's in Cleveland Heights. After living in Atlanta for 22 years,  Bob's favorite thing about Cleveland is the weather. "Surprisingly enough, It is great to have four seasons." His daughter, Katie, is a PhD candidate at Rice University in Psychology. At home, Bob and his wife lovingly tend to their young golden retriever, Oona and their cat, Gus.