Annamia Larsson

Annamia Larsson was born in Sweden, and since 2010 has been the principal Horn of the Gävle Symphony Orchestra, Sweden. She started her orchestral career in the Verbier Festival Orchestra and after that won the position as Co-principal horn of the Royal Opera in Stockholm at the age of 21.

Annamia studied at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm with prof. Dick Gustavsson and prof. Markus Maskuniitty, and also at Universität für Darstellende Kunst und Musik Wien with prof. Roland Berger.
Annamia is frequently performing as a soloist with orchestras in Scandinavia including the Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gävle Symphony and Reykjavik Chamber Orchestras and since 2010 Annamia has been a member of Stockholm Chamber Brass. She is also a member of the Stockholm Sinfonietta and the contemporary ensembles New European Ensemble in the Hague and KammarensembleN in Stockholm. Annamia has performed at festivals around the world including the Vinterfest International Chamber Music Festival Sweden, Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival Norway and the Isla Verde International Brass Festival in Argentina.

Annamia graduated from the soloist diploma class of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm in 2008 and that same year she filled the position as horn teacher of the Royal College of Music in Stockholm before taking on the position full time in 2013. She has given masterclasses for the International Horn Society Macomb USA, South East Horn Workshop Virginia USA and for the Nordic Horn Symposium in various cities in Scandinavia.

In 2006 while Co-Principal Horn in Stockholm Annamia made a video of the famous horn call from Richard Wagner’s opera, Siegfried.  This has become one of the most watched videos of classical music on youtube of all time with over a million views, you can watch it here.

Will Sanders

Born in Venlo, the Netherlands. Studied French horn in Maastricht with H.Crüts and E.Penzel and finished his studies with merit. While a student Will Sanders was a member of the European Community Youth Orchester conducted by Claudio Abbado. In 1986 he became co-principal hornplayer in the Mannheim National Opera. Two years later he was principal hornplayer in the Symphony Orchestra Baden/Baden – Freiburg. Changing in 1990 to the same position in the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. 1992 – 1997 he was principal hornplayer in the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra were he played the Siegfried Call. Will Sanders has worked with the most famous conductors (Abbado, Barenboim, Jansons, Haitink, Kleiber, Leitner, Levine, Maazel, Metha, Muti,Ozawa, Rostropowtich, Sinnopoli, Solti),and soloists of our day, the top orchestras of Germany and several times with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Apart from playing orchestral music, he appeared internationally as a soloist, has made several CD ´s and radio recordings and played in various chamber music ensembles such as the German Wind Soloists, Linos Ensemble, the Mullova Ensemble and German Brass. Also he founded the German Hornensemble. Since 1995 he is teaching the hornclass at the conservatorium in Maastricht. In 1999 he started giving horn – and chambermusic lessons and became the title professor at the Music Highschool Karlsruhe. Since 2010 he is teaching regularly at the Simon Bolivar Institute in Caracas. Will Sanders is giving masterclasses and conducting all over the world like USA, Brasil, Japan, Australia, Korea, Switzerland and Europe. Many of his students are playing in well-known orchestras and chamber music ensembles around the world. From 2002 he is giving regularly master classes and organizing festivals in Brazil, where he also does a lot social work for musical talented children. From October 2012 he is visiting Professor at the Academy for Music in Krakow.

Radovan Vlatković

One of the leading instrumentalists of his generation, Radovan Vlatković has travelled the globe performing extensively as a soloist and popularising the horn as recording artist and teacher.

Born in Zagreb in 1962 he completed his studies with Professor Prerad Detiček at the Zagreb Academy of Music and Professor Michael Höltzel at the Music Academy in Detmold, Germany. Radovan Vlatković is the recipient of many first prizes in national and international competitions, including the Premio Ancona in 1979 and the ARD Competition in Munich in 1983 – the first to be awarded to a horn player for fourteen years. This led to numerous invitations to music festivals throughout Europe including Salzburg, Vienna, Edinburgh and Dubrovnik to name but a few, the Americas, Australia, Israel, Korea as well as regular appearances in Japan.

From 1982 until 1990 he served as Principal Horn with the Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin (now Deutsches Symphonie Orchester) under Maestros Riccardo Chailly and Vladimir Ashkenazy. From 1992 to 1998 he held the post of Horn Professor at the Stuttgart Musikhochschule. 1998 he became Horn Professor at the renowned Mozarteum in Salzburg. Since 2000 he holds the Horn Chair “Canon” at the “Queen Sofia” School in Madrid.

Radovan Vlatković has appeared as soloist with many distinguished symphony and chamber orchestras including the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester, Munich Chamber Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields, Mozarteum Orchestra, Camerata Academica Salzburg, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, Santa Cecilia Orchestra Rome, Rotterdam Philharmonie, the orchestras of Berne, Basel and Zürich, the Lyon and Strassbourg Orchestras, NHK Orchestra, Tokyo Metropolitan and Yomiuri Orchestra, Adelaide and Melbourne Orchestras.

From 2000 – 2003 he has been Artistic Director of the September Chamber Music Festival in Maribor, Slovenia. He regularly performs with András Schiff, Heinz Holliger, Elmar Schmid and Klaus Thunemann. Very much in demand as chamber musician he has performed at Gidon Kremer’s Lockenhaus, Svyatoslav Richter’s December Evenings in Moscow, Oleg Kagan and Natalia Gutman’s Kreuth, Rudolf Serkin’s Marlboro, András Schiff’s Mondsee, Vicenza and Ittingen Festivals as well as Kuhmo, Prussia Cove and Casals Festival in Prades.

Radovan Vlatković has participated in first performances of works by Elliott Carter, Sofia Gubaidulina, Heinz Holliger and several Croatian composers who have written concertos for him. In May 2008 he premiered the Horn Concerto written for him by Krzysztof Penderecki together with the Bremen Philharmonic and the composer conducting. There were further performances in Japan, Taiwan as well as in Poland for the occasion of the composers seventy-fifth birthday. Further performances are scheduled for Germany, Spain, Italy and Croatia as well as a performance in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall with his former Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester under Vladimir Ashkenazy. In the season 2008/09 Vlatkovic continued his activity as “artist-in-Residence” with the Verdi Orchestra in Milano.

Radovan Vlatković has received the German Critics Award for several of his discs. His numerous recordings include Mozart and Strauss Concertos with the English Chamber Orchestra and Jeffrey Tate, works by Saint-Saens with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and Jean-Jacques Kantorow, the Britten Serenade for tenor, horn and strings with Neil Jenkins and the Oriol Ensemble in Berlin, Concertos for two horns by Leopold Mozart and Fasch with Herrmann Baumann and Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields and Iona Brown. More recordings including chamber music have been issued by EMI, DECCA, Philips, Deutsche Grammophon, Teldec, Dabringhaus & Grimm and Denon labels.

Radovan Vlatković plays a full double horn Model 20 M by Paxman of London.

Ozan Cakar

wurde 1978 in Stuttgart geboren. Der ursprünglich aus der Türkei stammende Hornist bekam seinen ersten Hornunterricht von seinem Vater Mahir Cakar. 1996-2002 studierte er bei Frau Prof. M.L. Neunecker in Frankfurt am Main. Darauf folgte ein Ergänzungsstudium in Leipzig bei Herr Prof. T. Hauschild (2002-2003).
Nach Orchestererfahrungen bei den Essener Philharmoniker (1999-2000), dem Museumsorchester Frankfurt (2001), dem Deutsches-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin (2002-2003) und an der Deutschen Oper am Rhein Duisburg (2003-2005) ist er seit dem 1. Dezember 2005 als stellvertretender Solohornist am Deutschen Symphonie-Orchester Berlin engagiert.
Ozan Cakar ist Mitglied des1998 gegründeten Hornquartetts ”Quartetto Bosso”.

Michael Thompson

Internationally acknowledged as one of the world’s leading horn players, Michael Thompson is also regarded as a charismatic and inspirational teacher. As a conductor, he is known as a fine orchestral trainer and has received acclaim for his work with young musicians.

After studies at the Royal Academy of Music, he was appointed principal horn with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the age of eighteen. Within three years he was offered the principal
horn positions of both the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestras. He joined the Philharmonia and remained in that post for ten years before leaving to concentrate on his solo and chamber music career. His work as director/soloist or conductor has seen him perform in Japan,
Australia, the U.S.A. Europe and Scandinavia, including his debut with the Danish Radio Sinfonietta in Copenhagen, the Ostgota Winds Symphony in Sweden and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. In the UK he has directed the London Sinfonietta, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Britten Pears Orchestra,
Ulster Youth Orchestra and the Royal Academy’s Sinfonia and Concert orchestras. He has conducted a number of community orchestras and was Principal Conductor of the City of Rochester Symphony Orchestra from 2003 until 2008.

His concert schedule takes him worldwide and his discography includes the major solo horn repertoire, period instrument recordings and a number of critically acclaimed CDs with his wind quintet and horn quartet. As a member of the London Sinfonietta he is at the forefront of new music and has given many first performances, including the UK premieres of Ligeti’s ”Hamburg Concerto” and Richard Ayres’ ”Noncerto”. In addition to his classical work, he is very active as a studio musician, playing on sound tracks too numerous to list but including The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and the Bond films. His work for Sir Paul McCartney resulted in the composition of ”Stately Horn” which the Michael Thompson horn quartet premiered in the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall.

Michael Thompson is a Fellow and Aubrey Brain professor of horn at the Royal Academy of Music and gives regular master-classes and lectures throughout the world. He plays on an instrument made by Paxman of London.

Markus Maskuniitty

Finnish born Markus Maskuniitty studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and played principal French horn with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1994 he became principal French horn with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and held the same position at the Berliner Philharmoniker from 1997 to 1999. Markus Maskuniitty was voted “Brass player of the year” in Finland in 1992. He has won prizes at several international soloist competitions, including the international French horn competition in Markneukirchen in 1991 and the ARD-Wettbewerb in Munich in 1994. Markus Maskuniitty has held a professorship in the French horn at the Academy of Music in Hannover, Germany since 2000.

Marie-Luise Neunecker

Neunecker was born in Erbes-Büdesheim. She studied musicology and German studies.

She completed her French horn studies with Erich Penzel at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. In 1978 she started her career at the Opern- und Schauspielhaus Frankfurt as second hornplayer. In 1979 she was appointed principal hornplayer with the Bamberg Symphony, and from 1981 to 1989 she held the same position with the hr-Sinfonieorchester. She has appeared as a soloist with various orchestras worldwide, and is also active as a chamber music player.

In 1986 she won first prize at the Concert Artists Guild international competition in New York.

In 1988 she was appointed professor at the Frankfurt Academy of Music and Performing Arts, and in 2004 she was appointed professor of French horn at the Hochschule für Musik ”Hanns Eisler”.

Volker David Kirchner dedicated his Orfeo for baritone, horn and piano on poems from Rilke’s Sonnets to Orpheus to her, premiered on 6 May 1988 in Karlsruhe with Hermann Becht and Nina Tichman.

György Ligeti dedicated to her his Hamburg Concerto, which she premiered on 20 January 2001 in Hamburg with the Asko Ensemble.[4] She also recorded the work for Teldec‘s Ligeti Project series.

Recordings include works by Britten, Hindemith, Mozart and Richard Strauss and also lesser known repertory, such as horn concertos by Reinhold Glière, Paul Hindemith,[7] Othmar Schoeck, and Vissarion Shebalin; three works for horn and piano by Alexander Glazunov; Poème by Charles Koechlin; and the concerto for violin, horn and orchestra by Ethel Smyth.

She has served on the jury of The Aeolus International Competition for Wind Instruments.

Frøydis Ree Wekre

Frøydis Ree Wekre was born in 1941 in Oslo into a musical family. She studied piano and violin (playing in the Norwegian Broadcasting Junior Orchestra) before taking up horn at the age of 17, having become fascinated by the sound of the horn and the idea of having her own voice in the orchestra.

Her horn studies continued in Sweden, Russia, and the US. Her principal teachers were Wilhelm Lanzky-Otto and Vitali Bujanovsky. Frøydis first won a position with the Norwegian Opera Orchestra, then in 1961 she joined the Oslo Philharmonic and became co-principal in 1965. In 1991, she retired from the orchestra to be professor of horn and wind chamber music at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where she already held a part-time position.

Her role as a teacher has been important to Frøydis, and dozens of her students play in major orchestras around the world. She has been offered professorships in several countries. She received the Lindeman Prize in 1986 for her contributions as a teacher. With Nordic colleagues, she started the NORDHORNPED teaching group, whose activities include studying their own teaching on video. With Academy colleagues, she has been forging connections with music conservatories in the US.

Renowned as both teacher and performer, Frøydis has given master classes and workshops throughout Europe and North America. Her book On Playing the Horn Well has been translated into several languages, and she has contributed articles to various publications, including The Horn Call. Sometimes she demonstrates playing a scale with the main tuning slides pushed all the way in, then pulled all the way out; the scale is in tune at A=440 in both instances, showing that you can play in tune no matter the horn. She advocates practicing lip and mouthpiece buzzing while waiting for a bus, even if it might be considered a bit eccentric; ”If people don’t know you, it doesn’t matter what they think of you, and if they do know you, well, then it’s not a surprise.”

Her CDs showcase her talents and include many works that have been dedicated to her or that she has commissioned, notably works by Andrea Clearfield and Norwegian composers such as Trygve Madsen and Wolfgang Plagge.

Frøydis is named after an Icelandic saga character; in the midst of war, her mother wanted to give her the name of a strong person. Her name is now instantly recognized in the horn world, and she prefers to be addressed by her given name.

In 1973, Frøydis sponsored IHS memberships for Peter Damm and Vitaly Bujanovsky, both of whom lived behind the Iron Curtain and were unable to send membership dues to the US. In 1976 the effort became formalized into the WestEast (WE) project (renamed the Friendship Project in 2000) to support members in countries where the economy or currency restrictions make regular memberships impossible.

Frøydis served on the IHS Advisory Council from 1974-1978 and 1993-2000 and as IHS President from 1998-2000, and she was appointed an IHS Honorary Member in 1994. She was co-host of the International Horn Symposium in Banff in 1998 and has participated in symposiums from the earliest days as performer, lecturer, and master, often humorous and always inspiring. She is famous for her whistling prowess, a highlight at otherwise business-like IHS General Meetings

Christian Dallmann

Dallmann studied at the Berlin School of Music and then at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin, where later on he worked as teacher.

Before 2000, he was a soloist of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, a participant of the instrumental ensemble Bach Collegium – in Stuttgart and the Academy for Ancient Music in Berlin. From 1999 to 2003 Christian-Friedrich Dallmann worked as professor for horn at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold. Since 2004 he has been working as professor at the University of Arts in Berlin.

Christian-Friedrich Dallmann gave numerous solo concerts in Germany and other countries, read lectures, gave master classes, was a member of the panel of judges at musical contests and competitions. He collaborates as a tutor with the German Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, the Youth Orchestra of the International Bach Academy in Stuttgart, the Jewish-Arabic orchestra ”West-Eastern Divan” in Weimar and Chicago.