Vicente Zarzo (1938-2021)

zarzoVincente Zarzo Pitarch was a Spanish horn player who performed and taught in many parts of the world, but especially in Spain, Mexico, and the Netherlands, and wrote horn etudes and books on the history of the horn.

Zarzo was born in 1938 in Benaguacil, Valencia and studied at the Conservatorio Superior de Música Joaquin Rodrigo in Valencia and later with Hans Noeth in Munich, Germany.

Zarzo had positions as solo horn with the Valencia Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra Sinfonica del Gran Teatro del Liceo de Barcelona, the Iceland Symphony Orchestra, the American Wind Symphony of Pittsburg, the National Orchestra of Mexico, and for 25 years with the Residentie Orkest of The Hague, Netherlands. As a soloist, he performed with the Orquesta Municipal de Valencia, Orquesta de Valladolid, Orquesta de Oviedo, Orquesta de Tenerife, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, Orquesta Sinfónica de Port (Portugal), Philharmonic Orchestra of Groningen (Netherlands), Orquesta Nacional de México, National Orchstra of Reykjavik (Iceland), and others.

Zarzo was professor of horn and natural horn at the University of Mexico, the Conservatory of Amsterdam, the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and at the Conservatoire de Musique in Montreux, Switzerland. He was a guest professor at Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos de Valencia, Conservatorio Superior del Liceo in Barcelona, and the Conservatory of Music and Dance of the Balearic Islands (Palma, Mallorca). He recorded the Brahms Horn Trio, the Hindemith concertos, works of Amando Blanquer, and the Mozart Quintet K452 with Radu Lupu (nominated for the Grand Prix du Disc).

Composers who have written works especially for Zarzo include Wim Laman (Quaterni II), Jan Van Vlijmen (Confronti horn concerto), Hans Henkemans (Concert), Paul de Ro, Eduardo Mata (Sinfónica No. 3), and Amando Blanquer (Sonata and Concierto para 4 trompas y orquesta).

Zarzo was honored with the Punto award at the 2004 International Horn Symposium in Valencia, Spain. In the same year, the Valencia Academy of Music appointed him as “Insigne de la Musica of Valencia.” A street in central Granada, Andalusia, Spain is named for him: Calle Músico Vicente Zarzo. He wrote an article about his collection of horns for the February 1995 issue of The Horn Call. He was elected an IHS Honorary Member in 2020.

Anneke Scott

AnnekeScottAnneke Scott is a leading exponent of historical horn playing and an influential performer, teacher, and researcher. Her work takes her across the globe and throughout the centuries of music with a repertoire incorporating music and instruments from the late seventeenth century through to the present day. She teaches at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, the University of Birmingham, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, and the online music lesson platform Play with a Pro. Her research influences her teaching, and she has published a natural horn method based on her research sources.

Anneke is principal horn of period instrument ensembles including Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, The English Baroque Soloists, ensemble Pygmalion, The Orchestra of the Sixteen, the Irish Baroque Orchestra, and the Dunedin Consort and Players. She also appears as a guest principal horn with orchestras and ensembles worldwide.

Anneke has an international solo career, and her discography embraces three centuries of virtuosic horn works. She is frequently heard performing the famous baroque obbligato arias of composers such as Bach and Handel as well as solo concertos from that period. Her solo recordings also include three discs focusing on the music of Jacques François Gallay.

Anneke enjoys collaborating with a wide group of musicians and is a key member of a number of chamber music ensembles including nineteenth century period brass ensemble The Prince Regent’s Band, the harmoniemusik ensemble Boxwood & Brass, historic wind ensemble Syrinx, and ensembleF2. She regularly works with leading period keyboardists including Steven Devine, Neal Peres da Costa, Geoffrey Govier, and Kathryn Cok and period harpist Frances Kelly.

Claude Maury

mauryClaude Maury is one of the leading Belgian hornists, specializing in natural horn, and is professor of natural horn at the Conservatoire in Paris and Versailles.

Claude was born in Belgium in 1956 and studied modern horn and chamber music at the Conservatoire Royal in Mons, Wallonia, Belgium. Further studies with Francis Orval, André Vandriessche, Michel Garcin-Marrou, and Hermann Baumann led to his first job with the orchestra of the Opera Royal de Wallonie in 1974, then in 1976 as a mem ber of the French Belgian Radio and Television Orchestra. After winning prizes at the Gallay competition for natural horn in 1981 and the natural horn competition in Bad Harzburg, Germany in 1984, he left the orchestra for a career freelancing on period instruments.

Claude plays on a regular basis on period instruments with the ensembles La Petite Bande, the Orchestra of the 18th Century, the Orchestre des Champs-Elysées, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Anima Eterna, Les Arts Florissants, Opera Fuoco, and le Parlement de Musique. He also plays occasionally with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestrata, Concerto Köln, Tafelmusik, The English Concert, Bach Collegium Japan, and others. He has recorded many solo and chamber music CD’s, mainly on natural horn.

Jeroen Billiet

jeroen billietJeroen Billiet is passionate about horn playing, especially natural horn playing and the history of Belgian horn playing. He is currently solo horn with le Concert d’Astrée and les Talens Lyriques and a faculty member at Artesis-Plantijn Hogeschool-Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp and the Royal Conservatory School of Arts Ghent. He is also the IHS Area Representative for Belgium and was host of the 2019 IHS Symposium at the Royal Conservatory School of Arts Ghent.

Jeroen Billiet is passionate about horn playing, especially natural horn playing and the history of Belgian horn playing. He is currently solo horn with le Concert d’Astrée and les Talens Lyriques and a faculty member at Artesis-Plantijn Hogeschool-Royal Flemish Conservatory in Antwerp and the Royal Conservatory School of Arts Ghent. He is also the IHS Area Representative for Belgium and was host of the 2019 IHS Symposium at the Royal Conservatory School of Arts Ghent.

Jeroen has special interest in historical performance practice. He was awarded the title Laureate of the Orpheus Institute with his dissertation “200 Years of the Belgian Horn School, a comprehensive study of the horn in Belgium, 1889-1960.” His doctoral research, “Brave Belgians of the Belle Époque,” focuses on the artistic aspects of the horn horn-playing tradition emerging from the Ghent Conservatory during that period.

Jeroen was born in Tielt, Belgium in 1977. He studied horn at the conservatories in Ghent and Brussels with Luc Bergé. He earned master’s degrees in both performance and education from the Brussels Conservatory in 2001 and entered post-graduate study at the Orpheus Institute in Ghent.

Jeroen has performed and toured with l’Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Concerto Köln, Anima Eterna Brugge, and Il Giardino Armonico. He was principal horn of les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble and of Insula Orchestra. He regularly performs with B’Rock Gent and Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. He is a founding member of the Mengal Ensemble, which has released two CDs. He taught at music schools in Bruges and Tielt before taking up his current positions.

John Cox

john coxJohn Cox was principal horn of the Oregon Symphony (1982-2020), appearing as soloist with the orchestra numerous times and heard on all Oregon Symphony broadcasts and recordings. John has been an active supporter of the IHS and of horn activities in the Pacific Northwest, with numerous performances and presentations at the workshops of the Northwest Horn Society and regional universities as well as across the US in guest recitals, masterclasses, and workshops.

John is a graduate of Boston University and the University of Evansville. He performs with Chamber Music Northwest, the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego, and at Lincoln Center. He has been featured at IHS symposiums, on the faculty of the Tuckwell Institute, and across the country in chamber music performances. He can be heard on CDs as soloist in the music of Chopin, Schumann, and Walter Gieselking, with the Oregon Symphony horn section, and as hornist with the Westwood Woodwind Quintet. John is an adjunct faculty horn instructor at the University of Portland.

John’s first IHS performance was in 1972 at Indiana University. He has published several articles in The Horn Call, most notably a series on orchestra contract negotiations. He was honored with the Punto Award in 2020.

Michael Hernon (1940-2019)

HernonMichael Hernon spent much of his life (38 years) at the University of Tennessee Martin, loved working with the students, and would have never retired except for health issues. He played in regional orchestras, taught horn students, directed a horn choir, and taught music history, which was a satisfying life. He considered his fine professional career to be capped by the Punto Award − a surprise, shock, and joy. He had no idea that he was to receive the award until his name was called from the stage, but several former students were with him, which made the moment especially satisfying.

Michael taught, in addition to horn and music history, music appreciation, brass repertoire, and pedagogy, attaining the rank of Professor Emeritus. He conducted horn choirs, brass choirs, and recorder ensembles. Prior to his tenure at UTM, Michael was a faculty member of Brescia University and taught in the public schools in Owensboro and Scottsville, Kentucky. He served for many years in the horn sections of the Jackson TN, Owensboro KY, and Paducah KY symphony orchestras.

Michael studied at Murray State University in Kentucky, Western Kentucky University, and Peabody College (now part of Vanderbilt University), completing his PhD in 1972. Ed Pease, a hornist and musicologist at Western Kentucky who had studied with Willi Apel at Indiana University, inspired Michael in both horn playing and musicology. Michael took great pleasure in teaching music history and published a discography, French Horn Discography, published by Greenwood Press.

Michael particularly enjoyed directing a horn choir of his students, former students, members of the Jackson Symphony, and amateurs. They performed a concert, with up to twelve players, at the end of every semester. Former students include Mary Bisson (who brought Barry Tuckwell to visit) and Dan Spencer, who went on to earn a PhD at the University of Iowa.

Michael retired in 2011 because of his health. He was a lifelong member of the IHS and was presented with the Punto Award at the 2013 IHS Symposium in Memphis.

John Ericson

Ericson2011b2 255One of the most visible hornists today, John Ericson has wide-ranging experience as an orchestral player, soloist, and teacher. Co-founder of the online magazine Horn Matters, Ericson began his professional career with serving for six seasons as Third Horn in the Nashville Symphony. From there, he turned to full time teaching; first at the Crane School of Music (SUNY Potsdam) where he launched one of the first large horn websites Horn Articles Online. Since 2001 he has served on the faculty at Arizona State University, where he is Brass Area Coordinator. Besides teaching at Arizona State University, in recent years Ericson has served on the summer faculties of the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Brevard Music Center. He has also performed as an extra with groups including the Indianapolis Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, and the Rochester Philharmonic.

His publications are a reflection of his teaching. With his additional strong interest in all instruments of the middle brass, Ericson has print and online publications on topics as diverse as the mellophone and the Wagner tuba. His three solo CDs on the Summit label received critical acclaim: The Horn Call hailed Les Adeiux for “Fantastic playing…. The level of musicality, nuance and artistry is not to be missed” and called Canto a “Terrific collaboration between horn and piano.” Table for Three, also on the Summit label, of trios for horn, bass trombone, and tuba with his colleagues Douglas Yeo and Deanna Swoboda, was released in 2015. In addition, Ericson has made recordings with The Potsdam Brass Quintet and The Nashville Symphony, performed on the Grammy Award nominated Fourth World of Native American flutist R. Carlos Nakai, and was a frequent recording artist in the studios in Nashville.

John received the Punto Award at the 50th IHS symposium at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Richard Seraphinoff

seraphinoffRichard (Rick) Seraphinoff has contributed to the knowledge of Baroque and Classical natural horns, of which he makes historical reproductions. He has been on the faculty of Indiana University since 1986, teaching modern and natural horn, brass literature, and chamber music and giving a week-long course in historical brass instrument making.

Rick earned degrees at Wayne State University and Indiana University. Among his horn teachers are Lowell Greer, Philip Farkas, Meir Rimon, Francis Orval, Michael Hatfield, Myron Bloom, and Eugene Wade. Richard won the 1984 Erwin Bodky Early Music Competition and the 1981 Heldenleben Horn Competition. He has performed on modern horn with the Detroit and Toledo symphonies and the Michigan Opera Theater. On natural horn, he has performed with virtually every Baroque and Classical orchestra in the US and many in other countries. He has written articles for the Historic Brass Society Journal, The Horn Call, and other periodicals, and with Linda Dempf has written Guide to the Solo Horn Repertoire.

Rick has performed at IHS symposiums and regularly exhibits his historical horns there. His experience with a lip injury informs his horn teaching.

Rick received the Punto Award at the 50th IHS symposium at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

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