Barry Tuckwell is the most recognizable name in solo horn playing in the latter half of the 20th century, but he is also revered as a conductor, educator, and author. He was present at the first horn workshops and was the first president of the IHS. Barry was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1931 into a musical family. He learned organ, piano, and violin and has perfect pitch. He started playing horn at the suggestion of family friend Richard Merewether, who became his first horn teacher. At age 15, Barry joined the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra as third horn, moving to Sydney a year later to study with Alan Mann at the Sydney Conservatorium and play assistant to Mann in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. In 1951, at age 19, Barry arrived in London. Over the next four years, he played in the Buxton Spa Orchestra, Halle Orchestra, Scottish National Orchestra, and Bournemouth. In 1955 he became first horn of the London Symphony Orchestra, a position he held for 13 years. He was also on the board of the orchestra and chairman of the board for six years.