Kerry Turner has become one of the most recognized names, not only in the horn world, but in brass playing in general. Whether as a composer or a performing artist on the horn, he appears regularly on the great concert stages of the world. Mr. Turner's major ensembles with whom he performs include the world-famous American Horn Quartet, the stunning Virtuoso Horn Duo, and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. As a member of these prestigious organizations, he has concertized on four continents. He is also a frequently invited soloist and clinician, having performed and taught in Germany, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, the United States and the Czech Republic.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Kerry Turner received his Artist Diploma from the Manhattan School of Music in New York and, as a Fulbright Scholar, continued his studies with Hermann Baumann at the Stuttgart College of Music and Performing Arts. Following his studies, he placed 5th at the Geneva International Horn Competition and won the Bronze Medal at the 39th Prague Spring International Music Competition.
Mr. Turner's compositional career has sky-rocketed over the past several years. His works for horn in combination with virtually every genre of chamber music continue to be heard literally around the world. He has been commissioned by many organizations, including the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Japanese Horn Ensemble, and the Richmond, Virginia Chamber Music Society (with Mr. Thomas Jostlein), just to name a few. He has been awarded top prizes at the International Horn Society Composition Contest as well as the IBLA Foundation. In his spare time, Mr. Turner sings tenor, studies languages (he is fluent in 4 and dabbles in a few others) and loves to cook.
In the summer of 1985, after a particularly rough performance of "Der Meistersinger von Nürnberg" with the Brussels Opera or" La Monnaie", I happened to switch the television channel just in time to see the Orchestra of Radio-Tele-Luxembourg doing what they have always done best- playing Ravel's Daphne and Chloe Suite. I was instantly attracted by the international looking orchestra, which also employed a large number of women, a rarity in these parts back in the early 80's. I had never really heard much about the "RTL Orchestra" and knew virtually nothing about Luxembourg. I had recently been invited to assume the Principal Horn position in Brussels, but something about that job just wasn't ringing true. The next day I discovered that the RTL Orchestra was looking to hire a 1st-3rd horn player and that the audition was to be held in about two days. And yes, I did indeed, more or less, crash this audition, "crash" being a term one uses to describe showing up at an audition without an invitation and relatively unprepared. The next thing I knew, I was being offered a contract. And a good one too!
So it was that I accepted employment with the Luxembourg Radio Orchestra under Leopold Hager. And I have been here ever since. I have seen conductors come and go. I have performed almost the entire orchestra repertoire multiple times on both 1st and 3rd horn (except oddly enough Mahler 6th). I have traveled the world with this group and I have gone through some good times and some pretty bad times. We are now called the "Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg " or The Luxembourg Philharmonic. And I refer to it on this website as simply the OPL. Over the past 29 years, I have been privileged to be able to balance all of my AHQ tours and concerts as well as my solo appearances with my orchestral schedule. The colleagues in the horn section have supported my extracurricular activities and they have always shown a great deal of respect for the AHQ and me. As one can imagine, it has not been easy trying to keep up work hours, especially when I have been on the road for sometimes up to three weeks with the quartet. But we always managed. As I am getting older however, I have noticed how difficult it has become to jump off of a plane and go straight to orchestra rehearsal, continuing to work every service thereafter until the next tour with the quartet or with the Virtuoso Horn Duo took off. My esteemed colleagues in the OPL have also expressed a desire to see and hear me more in the section as I have been gone quite a lot these past few years.
Thus I have decided to include the OPL with the content of this website. It occurs to me that I have never included them on any of my sites, although I have written about some of my experiences in the orchestra on various blogs throughout the years. Yes, I perform with the Luxembourg Philharmonic. In fact, I now play more with this esteemed organization than with any other ensemble.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 Rencontres Internationales de Cors Conservatoire à Rayonnement Départemental de Musique et de Danse 21.25. Novembre Turner- Casbah of Tetouan
Turner- Twas a Dark and Stormy Night
Bach- Pieces with Organ
Mozart- Concert Nr. 2
Turner- Ghosts of Dublin
Sunday, September 6, 2015 OPL Horn Quartet performs Schumann Konzertstück Seoul Arts Center Concert Hall Seoul, South Korea Miklos Nagy, Leo Halsdorf, Kristina Mascher, Kerry Turner Schumann Konzertstück, Bach "Little" g-minor fugue, Turner Fanfare for Barcs
Friday, August 7, 2015 Final Concert of the American Horn Quartet Our Lady of the Angels Church Las Angeles, California IHS Internationl Symposium http://www.ihsla2015.com/
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 L.A. Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl featuring the AHQ, the horn sections of the L.A. Phil, New York Phil. and Radek Barorak. Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles Work by Bruce Broughton
Tuesday, July 29, 2015 American Horn Quartet Concert Newport Covenant Church Bellevue, Washington There will be a wine and cheese reception following the concert. http://www.hornquartet.com
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 American Horn Quartet Concert First Congregational United Church Corvallis, Oregon
Saturday, June 27, 2015 OCL plays "The Celestials of Sago Lane" Kinneksbond Mamer, Lux. Turner's "The Celestials of Sago Lane" for 2 percussion soloists and chamber orchestra. Michel Mootz and Christopher Hastings (percussion) David Reiland (cond.) click here for more info
Sunday, June 7, 2015 OPL Concert in Vienna Konzerthaus Wien, Austria Webern Passacaglia
Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra http://www.opl.lu
Friday, June 5, 2015 OPL Concert Philharmonie Luxembourg Webern Passacaglia
Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra http://www.opl.lu
Sunday, May 31, 2015 American Horn Quartet Concert Trinitatis Kirche Endenich (Bonn), Germany Works from the AHQ newest CD "En-Cor!" http://www.hornquartet.com
Saturday, May 30, 2015 American Horn Quartet Sängerhalle Saulheim, Germany (near Frankfurt) Works from the newest AHQ CD "En-Cor!" http://www.hornquartet.com
Sunday, May 17, 2015 Intermedii and Friends Concert Anglican Church Wangford, Suffolk, UK Various works for vocal octet
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Kristina and Kerry perform with New Brass Directions Roosendal, Netherlands Jazz pieces, works by Stanley Friedman
Sunday, May 3, 2015 Intermedii in the Crypt Cathedrale Notre Dame Luxembourg Anglican Chant: Out of the Deep, psalm 130, chant Turle, from Purcell
Magnificat in G minor, Purcell
3rd Tune from Archbishop Parkers Psalter, Tallis
Ave Verum Corpus, William Byrd
Drop, drop slow tears, Gibbons
God be in my head, Walford Davies
Sing Joyfully, Byrd
Monday, November 10, 2014 Composing of new commissioned work. San Antonio, Texas Maryland Commission by the U.S. Army Field Band, Maryland Piece for 5 solo horns and concert band
Saturday, November 8, 2014 AHQ Masterclass SMU Meadows School of the Arts Dallas, Texas
Friday, November 7, 2014 AHQ Concert SMU Dallas, Texas Contact Mr. Greg Hustis for details.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 AHQ Masterclass Indiana Univ. School of Music- Ford Hall
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 AHQ Concert Auer Hall, Indiana University Bloomington, IND Contact Jeff Nelson for more information. Jeff Nelson, guest hornist "Casbah of Tetouan" (Turner)
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 AHQ Masterclass Univ. Kansas Ciry Missouri Contact Mr. Martin Hackleman for details.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 AHQ Concert Univ. of Kansas City Missouri Contact Martin Hackleman for details. "Casbah of Tetouan" (Turner) with Prof.Martin Hackleman, among many other works.
Monday, November 3, 2014 AHQ Masterclass Peabody Conservatory Baltimore, MD Contact Denise Tryon for more details.
Sunday, November 2, 2014 AHQ Concert Peabody Conservatory Baltimore, MD Contact Denise Tryon for more details. with guest hornist Denise Tryon (Casbah of Tetouan, Turner)
Saturday, November 1, 2014 AHQ with the Muncie Symphony Sursa Performance Hall Muncie, IND Schumann Konzertstück
Friday, October 31, 2014 AHQ Masterclass Ball State University Muncie, Indiana Contact Gene Berger
Thursday, October 30, 2014 AHQ Masterclass Cincinnati Conservatory Contact Mr. Randy Gardner for details. Masterclass
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 AHQ Concert Cincinnati Conservatory Cincinnati, Ohio Contact Mr. Randy Gardner for details.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 American Horn Quartet Univ. of Dayton Dayton, Ohio Contact Richard Chenowith for details. Masterclass
Monday, October 27- Nov. 8, 2014 AHQ U.S.A. Tour Dayton, Cincinnatti, Bloomington, Baltimore, Muncie, Kansas City, Dallas More deatils to be announced at a later date.
Saturday, October 25, 2014 OPL Concert Philharmonie Luxembourg Beethoven 9 http://www.opl.lu
Friday, October 17, 2014 OPL Concert Philharmonie Luxembourg Tchaikovsky 1 and Dvorak Cello Concerto http://www.opl.lu
Friday, September 26-28, 2014 4th Sauerländer Horntage Akademie Bad Fredeburg Bad Fredeburg, Germany Den Sauerländer Horntag gibt es seit Anfang 2010. Mit anfänglich 18 Hornistinnen und Hornisten war das Jahr 2012 der bisherige Höhepunkt mit über 40 Teilnehmern. Daher beschlossen die beiden Initiatoren Uwe Becker und Mathias Pfläging den Sauerländer Horntag zu den "Sauerländer Horntagen" werden zu lassen.
2013 ist das erste Jahr an dem die Sauerländer Horntage mehrtägig sind!
Es sind auch weiterhin alle Hornistinnen und Hornisten eingeladen. Es ist egal wie lange, oder auf welchem Niveau die Musiker spielen. Hauptziel ist es, dass jeder das mitnehmen kann, was er möchte. Gute Musik, Tolle Gespräche, super Dozenten, ein Highlight für jeden Hornisten und jede Hornistin! Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org AHQ Concert and Large Ensemble Works
Monday, August 25- Sept. 2, 2014 U.S. Airforce in Europe Band Tour Various in Sovakia and Austria Among others, Turner's "Introduction and Main Event" for solo horn quartet and band
Sunday, July 20, 2014 French Horn Ensemble Day with the AHQ Auditorium, Knox Grammar School Sydney, Australia (Rahwoonga) Tina Brain, organizer contact: email@example.com Various plus large ensemble pieces
Monday, July 7, 2014 Performance of Turner's Sonatina for Violoncello and Piano Litomyšl, Czech Republic The chamber music courses at Litomyšl Ludmila Cermakova (piano) and Evzen Rattay (violoncello)
Thursday, July 3, 2014 Performance of "Twas a Dark and Stormy Night" for 2 horns and string orchestra Weber Recital Hall Duluth, MN Lake Superior Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Warren Friesen with horn soloists Jim and Jill Pospisil .
May 16, 2014 AHQ Concert St. Augustine Kirche Wiesbaden, Germany various including Turner's new work for horn quartet- "Wedding Music") http://hornquartet.com
Friday, May 16, 2014 AHQ Concert St. Augustine Church Wiesbaden, Germany
March 13, 2014 Turner's "Karankawa" by the NDR Radiophilharmonie NDR Grosser Sendesall Under the direction of EIVIND GULLBERG JENSEN
March 9, 2014 Chamber Music Concert Salle de Musique de Chambre Luxembourg Works for Horn, Violin and Piano by Brahms, Kahn and Duvernoy
Saturday, February 8, 2014 American Horn Quartet with the Quarteto Portugues de Trompas Conservatório de Coimbra Portugal Works by Turner, Bach, Telemann, Gershwin, Bizet, Lütgen and Hidas
Friday, February 7, 2014 American Horn Quartet and Quarteto Português de Trompas Collaboration Cine-Teatro in Albergaria-a-Velha Portugal Contact Dario Ribeiro Rua das Pedreiras n° 302 4520-704 Souto - VFR PORTUGAL for further details. Works by Turner, Bach, Hidas, Telemann, Gershwin, Lürtgen, Bizet
January 26, 2014 World Premier- Turner's "Celestials of Sago Lane" Salle de Musique de Chambre Luxembourg Performed by percussionists Christopher Hastings and Mich Mootz, The Luxembourg Chamber Orchester under the direction of David Reiland. "Celestials of Sago Lane" for 2 percussion soloists and chamber orchestra
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 OPL Concert Philharmonie Luxembourg New Year's Concert http://opl.lu
December 21, 2013 OPL Christmas Concert Philharmonie Luxembourg http://opl.lu
November 24, 2013 Orchestre de la Chapelle St. Marc - Virtuoso Horn Duo Diekirch Luxembourg Brandenburg Concerto No. 1- J.S. Bach
Oct. 16, 2013 Intermedii Choral Event British Ambassador's Residence Various from Madrigals to Lolly Pops.
September 28-29, 2013 AHQ - Sauerländer Horntage Akademie Bad Fredeburg Contact Mathias Pfläging for details. AHQ Concert
August 31, 2013 Intermedii Concert Blythburgh Cathedral Suffolk, UK A choral concert by Intermedii and friends. Various
August 2, 2013 American Horn Quartet Concert Fredener Musiktage, Germany Freden (Leine), Germany The world premier of Turner's new work for horn quartet- Wedding Music, commissioned by the Fredener Musiktage. Uraufführung des neuen Werkes für Hornquartett von Turner- Wedding Music, ein Auftragswerk der Fredener Musiktage. TBA
July 14, 2013 OPL Concert Rheingau Festival Wiesbaden Brahms "Haydn Variations" and Strauss Ein Heldenleben http://opl.lu
July 13, 2013 OPL Concert Concertgebouw Amsterdam Brahms "Haydn Variations" and Moussorgski Pictures at an Exhibition http://opl.lu
July 12, 2013 OPL Concert Congress Halle Saarbrücken Brahms "Haydn Variations" and Strauss Ein Heldenleben. http://opl.lu
June 23, 2013 Sonata for Horn and Strings at the Chintimini Festival (Kristina Mascher, horn) Congregational Church Corvalis, Oregon Sonata for Horn and Strings- Turner http://chintimini.org
June 13, 2013 OPL Concert Philharmonie Luxembourg Alpensinfonie- Strauss http://opl.lu
June 9, 2013 Kammermusik in der Scheune Zehntscheune der ehemaligen abtei heisterbach auf dem gelände der chorruine heisterbach. Near Bonn, Germany Concert of music for Piano, Violin and Horn. Lauretta Bloomer (piano), Wolfram Lehnert (violin) and Kerry Turner (horn). Turner "Quarter After Four", Ferdinand Ries Sonata for Horn and Piano, Brahms Horn Trio
May 24, 2013 Turner Horn Concerto performed by Karl Pituch and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Hall Detroit, MI Leonard Slatkin, cond. Turner Horn Concerto "The Gothic" http://dso.org
May 23, 2013 "World Premier" of the Turner Horn Concert Orchestra Hall Detroit, MI Karl Pituch, soloist and Leonard Slatkin, cond. Turner Horn Concerto "The Gothic" http://dso.org
May 13, 2013 American Horn Quartet Concert Villa Prieger Bonn, Germany Turner, Bach, Brahms, Searle, Mancini, Gershwin, Bernstein
May 4, 2013 OPL Concert Philharmonie Luxembourg Live Cinema- Four Horses of the Apocalypse- Carl Davis http://opl.lu
May 3, 2013 OPL Concert Philharmonie Luxembourg Live Cinema- Four Horses of the Apocalypse- Carl Davis http://opl.lu
March 3, 2013 AHQ Concert Trinitatis Kirche Germany Works by Gershwin, Turner, Bach, Brahms, Homilius, Mancini http://hornquartet.com
OPL Concert Philharmonie Luxembourg Works by Telemann, Berton, Mozart http://opl.lu
OPL Opera Grand Theatre Luxembourg La Secret de Suzanna- Ferrari/ La Voix Humaine- Poulenc
OPL Opera Grand Theatre Luxemburg Le Secret de Suzanna- W. Ferrari/ La Voix Humaine- Poulenc
Concertante Woodwind Quintet (Turner, horn) Protestantische Kirche von Luxembourg Altstadt, Luxembourg Barber, Turner (Berceuse for the Mary Rose), Ibert, Reiche
OPL Concert Victoria Hall OPL Tour
February 3, 2013 OPL Concert Salle de Musique OPL Tour
January 31, 2013 OPL Concert Festspielhaus OPL Tour Dvorak- Tchaikovski
January 30, 2013 OPL Concert Heinrich Lades Halle OPL Tour Brahms- Moussorgski
January 29, 2013 OPL Concert Prinzregententheater München München, Germany OPL Tour Brahms- Moussorgski
December 2, 2012 Virtuoso Horn Duo Recital American Cathedral Paris, France TBA
November 24, 2012 Horn Day "Horn Tag" Heinrich-von-Kleist-Schule Eschborn, Germany For more info, contact Aimee Schmidt- firstname.lastname@example.org http://hornquartet.com
November 23 and 24, 2012 American Horn Quartet Horn Weekend Heinrich-von-Kleist-Schule Eschborn, Hessen Eschborn, Hessen, Germany Classes and Masterclass Various http://hornquartet.com
November 23, 2012 American Horn Quartet Concert St. Augustine of Canterbury, Wiesbaden Wiesbaden, Frankfurterstr. 3 For information contact Mr. Turner at email@example.com (Englisch oder Deutsch) Various http://hornquartet.com
November 19, 2012 Meet the Artist "Turner Day" International School of Luembourg Luxembourg Contact Mr. Demo Dimitrakoulakos at firstname.lastname@example.org Various
November 11, 2012 Concert Apéritif- OPL Woodwind Quintet (K. Turner, horn) Philharmonie, Chamber Music Hall Luxembourg Berceuse for the Mary Rose (Turner), Summer Music (Barber) Quintet (Reiche) http://opl.lu
October 26, 2012 OPL "LIve Cinema" Philharmonie Luxembourg Adapted for performance by Frank Strobel Strauss- Rosenkavalier with "live cinema" http://opl.lu
October 21, 2012 OPL Woodwind Quintet Concert Church Remich, Luxembourg Berceuse for the Mary Rose , Barber Summer Music among others
September 29, 2012 Sauerländer Horntag Bremke, Germany Bremke, Germany Contact Mathias Pfläging for details: email@example.com Teaching
September 28, 2012 OPL Philharmonie, Luxembourg Luxembourg Bruckner 7 http://opl.lu
September 9, 2012 OPL in Prague Rudolfinum Prague Dvorak "New World Symphony" http://opl.lu
September 9, 2012 OPL in Prague Rudolfinum Prague Dvorak "New World Symphony" http://opl.lu
August 24, 2012 VHD Masterclass and Recital School of Music, Mahidol University Thailand TBA
August 17, 2012 VHD Performance and teaching The Tsunobue Shudan Horn Camp Chiba, Japan Residence at this Summer horn camp from Aug. 17-19 TBA
August 8, 2012 The 21th International Interpretation Horn Courses "HORNCLASS 2012"-Turner Evening Music school of Jan Hanuš, concert hall U dělnického cvičiště 1/1100, Praha 6 - Břevnov "Six Lives of Jack McBride" and other works by Turner. http://hornclass.cz
August 8, 2012 Prag Horn Class 2012- "Turner Evening" see: http://www.hornclass.cz/welcome.html Prague, Czech Republic Kerry Turner will be performing the Sonata for Horn and Strings on the horn and will be singing the tenor part in "Six Lives" Fanfare for Barcs, 3 Solo Pieces, Sonata for Horn and Piano, Sonata for Horn and Strings, "Six Lives of Jack McBride" click here for more info
July 28, 2012 INtermedii Concert Blythburgh Church Wangford, Suffolk, UK TBA
July 6, 2012 OPL Concert Philharmonie Luxembourg Moussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, Rimski-Korsakov Scheherazade http://opl.lu
June 4, 2012 Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebration Cathedrale de Notre Dame, Luxembourg Luxembourg Ville Singing as part of the combined forces of Intermedii and the choir of the Anglican Church of Luxembourg "I was Glad" (Parry), "Zadok the Priest" (Haendel), among others
June 2, 2012 Performance of Karankawa by the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Fruchthalle Kaiserslautern, Germany http://www.drp-orchester.de
May 25, 2012 OPL Opera Grand Theatre Luxembourg Verdi's Otello http://opl.lu
May 23, 2012 OPL Opera Grand Theatre Luxembourg Verdi's Otello http://opl.lu
May 21, 2012 OPL Opera Grand Theatre Luxembourg Verdi's Otello http://opl.lu
March 31- April 8, 2012 American Horn Quartet France Tour Various Mulhouse, Clichy (Paris), St. Hermine, Cholet Soon there will be a blog on this website with all the information. Prochainement il y aura un blog sur cette site avec tout l'information.
April 1, 2012 Chicago Symphony Brass Quintet plays "Casbah of Tetouan" Bailey Performance Center Kennesaw State University, Georgia "Casbah of Tetouan" for Brass Quintet click here for more info
March 31, 2012 Mill Avenue Chamber Players perform "The Navajo Mandala" Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix, Arizona "The Navajo Mandala" for combined woodwind and brass quintets click here for more info
March 30, 2012 Chicago Symphony Brass Quintet plays "Casbah of Tetouan" The Barns at Wolftrap 1635 Trap Road | Vienna, Virginia 22182 The Casbah of Tetouan-Turner http://wolftrap.org
March 30, 2012 Mill Avenue Chamber Players performs "The Navajo Mandala" Performaing Arts Center Glendale Community College, Phoenix, Arizona The Navajo Mandala for combined woodwind and brass quintet click here for more info
March 28, 2012 Chicago Symphony Brass Quintet plays "Casbah of Tetouan" Northwestern University Lutkin Hall Chicago, Illinois "Casbah of Tetouan" for Brass Quintet
March 11, 2012 Concerts- Apéritif, Recital with String Quartet Chamber Music Hall, Philharmonie Luxembourg Telemann Concerto for 2 Horns and Strings, Quintet for Horn and Strings- Hoffmeister http://www.opl.lu
February 27, 2012 Performance of "Six Lives of Jack McBride" (Christopher Rosborough and Jay Hanselman recital) Fickling Hall Mercer University , Macon, Georgia
February 25, 2012 Tacoma Concert Band plays "Karankawa" Pantages Theater Tacoma, Washington This is the World Premier of the band version of this piece. "Karankawa" for symphonc band http://tacomaconcertband.org
February 14, 2012 Virtuoso Horn Duo Recital Music Club Luxembourg - Foyer Européen Luxembourg Full recital with pianist Lauretta Bloomer
January 27, 2012 OPL Concert MC2 Grenoble, France Don Juan, 4 Last Songs (STrauss) and Symphony in D (Franck) http://opl.lu
January 26, 2012 OPL Concert Elizabethzaal Antwerp, Belgium Don Juan and 4 Last Songs (Strauss) and Frank Symphony in D http://OPL.lu
January 20, 2012 VHD with the Orchestre de Chambre de Luxembourg Neujahrskonzert Konz, Germany Double Concertos by Haydn & Telemann http://OCL.lu
January 14, 2012 Virtuso Horn Duo Orchestra de Chambre de Luxembourg Wittlich, Germany Double Concertos by Haydn & Telemann http://ocl.lu/
Sonata for Horn and Strings, III.AllegroRadek Baborák plays Kerry Turner's Allegro,3rd movement of Sonata for Horn and Strings... 2002 CD "Baborak with Friends"
American Horn Quartet: The Sooners - YouTubeThe American Horn Quartet (Geoffrey Winter, Kerry Turner, Kristina Mascher-Turner and Charlie Putnam) perform "The Sooners" from Quartet for Horns No. 3 by K...
"He writes fiendish stuff...inventive, approachable, and entertaining"
American Record Guide (Kilpatrick) "fabulously imaginative and brilliant…continuing to establish Kerry Turner as one of the finest young composers for horn today." The International Horn Society Horn Call (Scharnberg)
"Picturesque music that shows admirable compositional ability! For that, many thanks!" Alfelder Zeitung (Germany)
Kerry Turner, a native of San Antonio, Texas, has been writing music since he was ten years old. At the age of 11, he won the San Antonio Music Society Composition Competition and six years later was awarded Baylor University's first prize at its composition contest with a large scholarship to that institution. Composition however was not Kerry's passion at this time. He was also an accomplished horn player and chose to concentrate his studies there instead. He transferred to the Manhattan School of Music in New York in 1980 where he began his intensive horn studies. After completing graduation, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study with the world-renowned horn soloist, Hermann Baumann, who was teaching at the Stuttgart College of Performing Arts in Germany.
In 1985, Kerry Turner joined the American Horn Quartet. It was then that he decided to once again put pen to paper and compose for this ensemble. The horn quartet repertoire at that time was rather small and unchallenging to modern players. With this in mind, Kerry composed his Quartet Nr. 1, which subsequently won first prize in the International Horn Society's composition contest. Other big hits for horn quartet followed, such as the thrilling tone-poem, The Casbah of Tetouan, his second quartet subtitled "Americana" and then the Quartet Nr. 3, which once again was awarded a prize in the International Horn Society composition contest in 1996. Mr. Turner began by this time to receive commissions to compose for the horn in different chamber ensemble combinations. His dramatic Six Lives of Jack McBride (horn, violin, piano and tenor) was a commission by Mr. Charles Putnam and the IHS Meir Rimon Foundation. Following that, the Freden International Music Festival in Germany commissioned him to compose a brass quintet (Ricochet), which has since become one of Mr. Turner's most successful works. He has also been commissioned by the U.S. Air Force "Heritage of America" band (Postcards from Lucca), the Alexander Horn Ensemble Japan (Ghosts of Dublin), the Brass Ensemble of the Symphony Orchestra of Lyon (The Heros), and many more established ensembles.
Mr. Turner has been a guest lecturer in composition at several notable institutions of music, such as the Royal Academy of Oslo, the Academy of Fine Arts in Hong Kong, the Nero House of Music in Osaka, Japan, West Virginia State University and the Winterthur Hochschule für Musik in Switzerland. His works have been heard in major concert halls and colleges of music around the globe and have been recorded extensively not only by the American Horn Quartet, but by reputable soloists and chamber musicians worldwide. The music of Kerry Turner, which contains elements of folk music from the British Isles, an inherent Mexican influence combined with his own western American style, and the exotic sounds of North Africa and the Arab world, has been performed and recorded by chamber ensembles from the New York Philharmonic, The Berlin Philharmonic the Vienna Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, among many others.
"When the muse comes, it flows like a deep, dark river. Nothing can stop it; not pseudo-intellectualism, or practicality, or technology, or pressure to conform to a certain style, nor the obligation to always find something "new." (Kerry Turner)
"My goal is to paint a musical picture, thought, impression as clearly as possible and then communicate it to the listener and the performer, that it might appear in their minds as vividly as if it were on a large movie screen." (Kerry Turner)
Virtuoso Horn Duo Works for 2 Horns and Chamber Orchestra
It is with great pleasure that we present these four works for 2 solo horns and chamber orchestra. The opening concerto by Haydn has been a source of controversy among horn players for quite some time. This charming and highly melodic work has all the trademarks of a concerto by his contemporary, the horn player Antonio Rosetti. Indeed, it would not at all have been unusual for Rosetti to use the great Haydn name in order to sell what may have been his finest piece of music. Apparently that sort of thing was done rather regularly in those days. The version on this recording is from the first publication of the Oettinger-Wallenstein Manuscript and was arranged by Edmond Leloir. The concerto in E-flat by Rosetti, which we have included on this album, could almost stand as proof of this theory as there are many similarities betwen the two works. Antonio Rosetti understood the horn remarkably well - he was after all a horn player - and thi si quite evident in these two works. The version recorded here of the Concerto Grosso number II from the larger group of works entitled "L'estro armonico" is an arrangement that was presented to us by Mr. Zoltan Varga with the request that we perform it at the Hungarian International Horn Festival at Mór. After assessing its succcess, we decided to include it on this recording and it has become a staple of our repertoire ever since. The decision regarding the fourth work of the album was not an easy one. There is, after all, a plethora of great concertos written for 2 horns and orchestra - Bach, Vivaldi, Leopold Mozart, Kuhlau, Händel and Telemann, just to name a few. Naturally, we wanted to include something a little bit different and perhaps something new. Thus we came upon the idea ot rework a piece of mine originally composed for solo horn and organ. We had previously performed this piece rearranged for 2 horns and piano at a recital in Rome. At the time, I knew that this Gothic sounding work had not yet found its true home. Adding some new material and a few special effects and reworking it for string orchestra seemed to be an answer to this call. The story behind the piece is a simple one: there is a writers competition called the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, inspired by the parenthetical, rambling, melodramatic opening lines of a novel by the author of the same name. Contestants submit a sentence intended to open a novel, usually comic or satirical in nature, along the lines of the original "It was a dark and stormy night..." It just so happens that this is a wonderful way to start a musical composition as well. I truly had no idea where I was going with this work until I wrote the opening solo horn call - my version of "Twas a dark and stormy night..."
Rotterdam Philharmonic Chamber Players Chamber Music of Kerry Turner
Over the past 10 years, several CD recordings of the chamber works of Kerry Turner have been released. The programs for these projects had been more or less comprised of works composed around the same periods of time. His prodigious output over the past two decades makes it somewhat simple, generally speaking, to categorize Mr. Turner's works into several different styles. The works from the late nineteen-eighties combine an interesting Shostokovitch-like sound to Turner s already developing Western-American style. The Sonata for Horn and Strings on this album provides a very good example of this. As Kerry Turner performed increasingly frequently and further abroad with the renowned American Horn Quartet, it became clear to him that audiences around the world desired to hear more of the Western-American sound. It is, after all, an intrinsic and colorful style, unique to the United States. The development of this particular sound is largely due, of course, to the soundtracks of the great American Western films seen around the world. The Quartet Number 3 on this CD is quite possibly the best example of Turner s compositional style during this period in the mid-nineties. As the millennium approached, and Kerry began to look toward his 40th birthday, he started to seek a deeper level at which to express himself. A keen interest in counterpoint and a deep insight into the works of Arnold Schoenberg exuded a strong influence on his compositional technique and style. Although two works on this CD, Quarter-After-Four and Rhapsody for Nine Instruments are perhaps not the best examples of the music from this particular period of Turner s opus, the influences of counterpoint and Schoenberg are nevertheless evident. There has been, however, one element in Turner s works that has prevailed throughout all his musical development periods: his fascination with history and historical events.
Heroes (1997) is a three movement tone-poem for large brass ensemble and pays homage to three inspiring people in history who have displayed undaunted courage. The Casbah of Tetouan was conceived during a visit to Morocco in the summer of 1988. First recorded by the American Horn Quartet in a version for five horns, it appears here in its original instrumentation for brass ensemble. Farewell to Red Castle (1985) is based on a traditional Scottish pipe march presumably inspired by the Red Castle of Beauly Firth, possibly the oldest inhabited castle in Scottland. Originally written for string orchestra, this piece has also been recorded by the American Horn Quartet with the NY Philharmonic horn section and receives it's world premier on this recording in a version for Brass Octet. The form is traditionally a theme with 4 variations and a finale. Ghost Riders (1994) (Brass Octet and Optional Voice) was inspired by a traditional Western American folk song. It tells of a cowboy who, while riding the range, has a terrifying encounter with a ghostly herd of cattle. In the vision a ghost rider warns him to better his sinful ways or end up riding with the devil herd for the rest of eternity. The Labyrinth (1995/6) is for large brass ensemble and percussion. The inspiration for the piece came from a dream where one stands before the gate of a giant labyrinth. It contains countless corridors which must be traversed before one can successfully exit the maze. Improvisation (1998) If a jazz musician is asked to improvise a solo during a number, he will invent variations on the song being played and spontaneously adjust the themes and harmonies to fit his own style, mood and capabilities. That is more or less what has been doen with this piece, hence the name. Kaitsenko (1991, arr. 2995) is the name of an exclusive warrior society of the Kiowa Indians. The Kaitsenko vowed to die only together with their enemies in battle. Soundings on "The Erie Canal" (1984) is based on the well-known American folk song "Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal". The piece is meant to be light hearted and fun rather than a serious addition to the brass quintet repertoire.
Sinfonia Varsovia - Conductor: Dariusz Wisniewski Schumann, Handel, Haydn, Telemann: Concertos for Four Horns
Our long awaited recording of Robert Schumann's original 1849 version of the Konzertstck took place in Warsaw in July, 2003. With the accompaniment of the famous Sinfonia Varsovia and the baton of Dariusz Wisniewski, the AHQ also recorded three other original works for 4 horns and orchestra: Handel's Concerto in F, Telemann's Mythological Suite and Haydn's 31st Symphony "mit dem Hornsignal." This CD is only available from the AHQ!
The American Horn Quartet & The Horns of the New York Philharmonic Take 9 - Works for Horn Ensembles
The production of this exciting CD took place in August, 2002, with help from the horn section of the New York Philharmonic. This brilliant CD features horn octets by Kerry Turner and Eric Ewazen. There are also riveting arrangements of Bernstein's Candid Overture, Brahm's Hungarian Dance Nr. 5, Paul Desmond's Take Five and I've Got Rhythm by Gershwin.
Various Artists Ricochet & Other Music by Kerry Turner
This latest CD from the American Horn Quartet and Kerry Turner features Turner's Quartet Nr. 4 and the exciting Fandango. This CD also features other chamber music including Ricochet, performed by the Saturday Brass Quintet of New York as well as Turner's The Labyrinth, performed by the Brass of the Luxemburg Philharmonic.
The AHQ is proud to present our latest CD including works by J. S. Bach, Georg Philip Telemann and other famous Baroque composers. Many of our favorite fugues from Bach's "Wohl Temperierte Klavier" and many selections from the "Art of the Fugue" can be heard on this Album. Also included on this CD is an arrangement of the famous "Toccata and Fugue in d-minor", arranged for 6 horns by kerry Turner, recorded with the help of Diane Eaton (hornist with the Basel Symphony Orchestra) and Andrew Hale (principal horn of the Southwest German Philharmonic in Konstanz).
Kerry Turner Unlikely Fusion: Chamber Works By Kerry Turner
The third CD involving the AHQ, this disc features chamber music of various instrumentation composed by Kerry Turner. Members of the AHQ perform such works as the "Sonata for Horn and Strings", "Sonata for Horn and Piano", "Six Lives of Jack McBride" (Horn, Violin, Tenor and Piano) and "Kaitsenko" (Brass Quintet). This combination of the Western American sound with European refinement is not to be missed.
This CD contains many of the more "classical" works performed by the AHQ. The album starts off with Robert Dickow's exciting "Entrance Fanfare", followed by a number of arrangements of romantic composers such as exerpts from "Carmen", by Bizet, choral works of Brahms and Debussy piano works. Also included on this CD are original quartets for horns by Castelnouovo-Tedesco, Dauprat, Homilius and Mitushin.
American Horn Quartet American Horn Quartet
The first CD produced by the American Horn Quartet includes the "Fanfare for Barcs", "Casbah of Tetouan", "Quartet Nr. 1" and "Quartet Nr. 2, Americana" by Kerry Turner. Also on this CD is Langley's "Quartet for Horns" and "Fripperies" 1 through 8 by Lowell Shaw. With guest artists Andrew Hale (horn) and Bonnie Adelson (drum).
This second CD by the AHQ has Kerry Turner's "Quartet Nr. 3" as well as the famous "Sonata fur Vier Horner" by Paul Hindemith, "Concerto for Four Horns" by Walter Perkins and an exciting arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story".
As this website began to take shape, it seemed propitious to include a page addressing the various inspirations behind my compositions. I have to admit, I approach it with some hesitancy. I have been performing and composing for over 30 years now and a lot has changed in my life since those early years of "naïve inspiration".
Having said that, I can most definitely point to an actual event in my early life that ignited the fire of my devotion to the classical arts. As a fifteen year old, I remember lying in bed, listening to a recording of the Cantata Nr. 50 by Johann Sebastian Bach. I found it to be mysteriously powerful in its ultimate "baroque-ness". For double choir and orchestra, it is a one movement fugue based on a very obscure, yet frighteningly pertinent bit of text from Revelation 12 in the Holy Bible. As I listened to the recording, I became aware that I was able to hear clearly every voice and every line and knew exactly where they were going and what they meant. I heard beautifully trained performers executing these lines with marvelous precision. Witnessing all the artists- composer, singers and instrumentalists- collaborating on this recording with such devotion moved me to tears. Indeed, I remember weeping quite uncontrollably.
Interestingly enough, it was only later that the music of Bach became such a huge inspiration for me. As a matter of fact, it was the tone poems of Richard Strauss which gripped me as a teenager. His command of colorful harmony and his gift for melody have served as an example to me throughout my career. Similarly, and for the same reasons, the soundtracks of John Williams continue to inspire me to this day. As I began to perfect my skills in harmony and counterpoint, it was inevitable, I suppose, that I would be drawn to the music of Arnold Schoenberg. Very often, I listen intently to one of his works just prior to beginning a composition of my own.
Today, though I still revert faithfully to these old friends before composing, I have gradually developed what some might consider a controversial calling. I truly feel that the art of modern composition is going down the wrong path. Composers today seem to feel compelled to paint the ugly and chaotic in their "music". I do not say this strictly from a compositional point of view. I have sat in orchestras for 20 years and have witnessed the loathing with which my colleagues have approached the vast majority of pieces written since about 1970. This attitude has come not only from the players, but certainly the audiences and very often from the conductor himself! Yet we are somehow obligated to play it. I call it "The Emperor's New Clothes Phenomenon". I sometimes wonder if these composers are truly following their hearts or writing on a solely academic level. Moreover, this style of composition seems to have monopolized the funding for modern music. More often than not, performers, sponsors and audience members are neither inspired nor satisfied from this style of "music" and, ultimately, I feel this much-needed funding will disappear from the arts altogether.
Perhaps it has become somewhat of an inspired calling to attempt to bring things back into balance. Yes, creative art should mirror the contemporary condition of humanity. But does the majority of music written and played today accurately do this? Shouldn't an artist also be allowed to embody the adventurous, positive and life affirming spirit of our age? To me, the gift of song and harmony as well as the proper use of the splendid instruments we master are crucial to achieving this more beautiful aspect of our lives in the 21st century.
Although Kerry Turner's works have been performed by musicians all over the world, it is his performances with the world renowned American Horn Quartet which have certainly given his music the greatest international exposure. Writing for horn quartet is a challenging venture. Over his many years of collaboration with the AHQ, who have executed his intricate and exciting music with incredible precision and artistry, Kerry has perfected the art of composing for this ensemble, indeed raising the standard of composition for horn ensembles in general.
Entering its twenty-eighth season, the American Horn Quartet continues to be unique in the field of brass chamber music. Their exuberant performances have brought audiences all over the world to their feet. In 1982, four American horn players who were working and residing in Europe met for the first time to explore the potential of the horn quartet, a chamber music formation with a much longer tradition than most people realize. Mastering the already existing repertoire, they then began to compose and arrange, as well as commission new works for the horn quartet. The individual members of the AHQ are all very successful soloists in their own right, having won top international competitions in Geneva, Prague, New York, Passau and Munich. It comes then as no surprise that together they brought home top honors at chamber music competitions in Barcs, Hungary (Philip Jones Competition), Brussels and Tokyo.
Over the past twenty years, besides being featured at horn and brass festivals around the globe, the American Horn Quartet has established itself at regular chamber music concert series on the international circuit. They have also appeared as soloists with numerous symphony orchestras, among them the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Illinois Philharmonic, the Philharmonica Hungarica, the Brabants Orchestra of Eindhoven and the Bordeaux Aquitaine Symphony Orchestra in France, just to name a few.
Some of the highlights of the AHQ career include their performance on stage at the Barbican in London, an appearance with orchestra at the world famous Tonhalle in Zürich, a recording collaboration with the horn section of the New York Philharmonic, a recital in Melbourne, Australia featuring the great horn soloist Barry Tuckwell in a cameo appearance, performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and a five-minute standing ovation at the 20th International Horn Society Workshop in Tallahassee, Florida.
"Hailed as the Virtuoso Horn Duo, Kristina Mascher and Kerry Turner wowed the audience with their wonderful tonal qualities and highly accomplished, polished playing" - Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts Journal, Singapore
"Kristina Mascher and Kerry Turner are indeed virtuosos of the first rank." - Classical Music Guide, May 2007
The Virtuoso Horn Duo, Kerry Turner and Kristina Mascher, began performing in 2002. These two highly accomplished horn players began studying, perfecting and performing the existing repertoire for two horns, putting a particular emphasis on the concertos with orchestra, many of which were written by very well known composers, such as Haydn, Vivaldi and Telemann.
After performing at the Britain in Luxembourg Exhibition in 2002 , the Deputy Head of Mission wrote, “Exhibitors were unanimous in praising the animation you helped to provide. The only complaint was that they would have liked even more.”
Shortly thereafter, Kristina and Kerry presented a recital and master class at the University of Prague and at further venues in Luxembourg. They traveled extensively, giving concerts to enthusiastic audiences in Valencia, Spain at the International Horn Society's Annual Workshop, the 2nd Australian Brass Festival in Melbourne, Australia, at the Academy of Music in Singapore, and at the Festival of Nations in Rome. The VHD has also performed in the Southwestern United States (including AIR Horns in Arizona) and Chemnitz, Germany. They have presented concerts and master classes at Virginia Commonwealth University, for the USAF Heritage of America Band, have been featured guest artists at the 2nd Hungarian Horn Festival in Mor as well as at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. They have also appeared as soloists with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and various orchestras around Poland. In 2006 Mr. Turner and Ms. Mascher recorded a CD of concertos for 2 horns and chamber orchestra with the Sinfonietta Cracovia for the MSR Classics label. They recently completed a highly successful tour of the United States as the Virtuoso Horn Duo and Friends with tubist Kyle Turner and pianist Lauretta Bloomer. Most recently, the VHD were artists in residence at the Beijing Conservatory as part of the 2nd China Horn Festival.
The Virtuoso Horn Duo offers a program of highly melodic, sometimes traditional and often technically dazzling horn playing, combined with world class artistry and execution.
Kerry Turner is certainly no new-comer to the international touring circuit. As a member of the world-renowned American Horn Quartet, Bronze Medalist at the Prague Spring International Music Competition, and member of the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, he has performed as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician all over the world. He has appeared as soloist with, among others, the Orchestra of Radio-Tele-Luxemburg, Saarbrucken Radio Orchestra, South-West German Philharmonie, Munich Bach Orchestra and Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt and the U.S. Air Force Band. With the AHQ he has performed with the Sinfonia Varsovia in Warsaw, the Royal Philharmonic of Stockholm, the Symphony Orchestra of Bordeaux, Beethovenhalle Orchestra Bonn, Moscow Radio Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic and the Birmingham Symphony, just to name only a few. He has also recorded extensively. The Horn Call magazine dubbed Kerry “a remarkable individual. Not only is his hornistry of world class level, but also his compositional skills are wonderful….a fantastic musician who just happens to play the horn” (Dressler, Horn Call 5/04).
Kristina Mascher, former principal horn of the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra (Flemish Radio Orchestra), hails from Albany, Oregon and currently resides in Luxembourg. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Douglas Hill) and the Hanns Eisler Conservatory, Berlin (Kurt Palm,) and also studied with Fergus McWilliam. Early in her career, she was engaged in various chamber and symphony orchestras, including the Odense Symfoniorkester in Denmark, three tours as principal horn with the Gustav-Mahler-Jugendorchester under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, and Kent Nagano, and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to being the newest member of the American Horn Quartet, Kristina is a member of the Ni Ensemble of Luxembourg (First prizewinners at the 9th International Passau Competition) and forms with husband Kerry Turner the Virtuoso Horn Duo. Their critically acclaimed CD of works for two horns and chamber orchestra can be found on the MSR Classics label. She also performs on a regular basis with the renowned Ictus Ensemble of Brussels. Ms. Mascher has given master classes and performed in over 30 countries on six continents. Horn aside, Kristina sings soprano in various vocal ensembles, is a practicing Reiki master, enthusiastic world traveler, and dedicated foodie.
Repertoire with Orchestra:
Concerto in Eb for Two Horns and Orchestra/ Franz Joseph Haydn Concerto in Eb no.III for Two Horns and Orchestra/ Anton Rosetti Concerto in D major Two Horns and Orchestra/ Georg Phillip Telemann Concerto in D major Two Horns and Orchestra/ Antonio Vivaldi Concerto No.II "L'Estro Armonico"/ Antonio Vivaldi Brandenburg Concerto Nr. 1/ J. S. Bach Divertimento for 2 Horns and Orchestra/ J. W. Kalliwoda Concerto Grosso in d minor for 2 Violins and Orchestra(adaptation)/Antonio Vivaldi Twas a Dark and Stormy Night (orchestra version)/ Kerry Turner Fantasia Concertante/ Bernhard Krol
Recital Repertoire (selection):
6 Grand Duets/ Otto Nicolai 6 Duos/ Louis Dauprat 12 Duets/ W. A. Mozart 4 Duos/ Kerry Turner African Impressions/ Paul Basler 6 Grand Duos/ Franz Duvernoy All the Things You Are (with piano)/ Kern/ Hammerstein Siciliana/ J. S. Bach Two Part Inventions/ J. S. Bach Twas a Dark and Stormy Night (with piano)/ Kerry Turner
Lauretta Bloomer, the pianist with the Virtuoso Horn Duo, was born in Oxford, England and studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Y. Solomon. Lauretta specializes in chamber music and received a special invitation to study this discipline with H. Medjimorec and G. Ebert in Vienna. During her busy career, she has performed with such soloists as Bruno Pasquier and Franz Helmerson, and has worked with ensembles in North America and Europe. She forms a regular duo with violist Michael Gieler and is a member of the Immanuel Horn Trio of Amsterdam. Lauretta was invited to perform at the School of Fine Arts in Banff, Canada and was special guest at the first International Course for Contemporary Music in Siguenza, Spain. Ms. Bloomer moved to Holland in 1993 where she works as a repetiteur with the Netherlands Opera Center. Lauretta has recently completed a recording and been featured in a documentary for Irish television performing works by Clara Schumann, on Clara Schumann's piano, in period costume. She has also collaborated with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Netherlands Philharmonic, and the Dutch Radio Orchestra, and is a much sought-after chamber music partner in the Benelux area as well as the United Kingdom.