My New Work for Large Horn Ensemble is Completed

| May 10, 2011

I am happy to report that I have completed my latest commissioned work for large horn ensemble. The four movement work is entitled “The Seasons” and the movements are, obviously Autumn, Winter, Spring and Summer. Mr. Kenichi Shimizu, who conducts the “TAMA Katatsumuri no kai” horn ensemble in Japan contacted me a couple of years […]

Virtuoso Horn Duo at BrassExplosion Singapore 2011

| April 30, 2011

On May 27th at 8 pm, Kristina Mascher and I- The Virtuoso Horn Duo- along with our pianist, Lauretta Bloomer will be participating in the opening recital of the 2011 BrassExplosion Festival in Singapore. Our portion of the program will include my “Twas a Dark and Stormy Night”, Introduction and Rondeau by Kalliwoda, and other […]

The State of the Arts

| April 3, 2011

This past week has been a very interesting experience. My wife, Kristina and I had organized a small tour of four concerts in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany, performing a wonderfully varied and virtuoso program with our pianist, Lauretta Bloomer. The suggestion to do this tour actually came from Lauretta and her husband, Bruce Rienstra, […]

It's Back in the Saddle Again….

| March 20, 2011

Well, after a relatively calm autumn and Christmas season, musically speaking, things have certainly picked up recently. And it looks as if I will be pretty booked up until my summer vacation. The AHQ completed a very successful tour of the USA, performing five concerts and giving three masterclasses in just under eight days. Immediately […]

| March 6, 2011

The Virtuoso Horn Duo will be on tour in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany from March 27th till April 2nd. Please open this file to see all the details. vhd2011poster(2)

Virtuoso Horn Duo Tour- March-April

| February 27, 2011

From March 27th till April 2nd, Kristina Mascher and I will be on a concert tour with pianist Lauretta Bloomer. It is certainly not the first time we have collaborated with this fabulous pianist on such a tour. We have performed together on two consecutive tours to the USA, and have presented concerts together in […]

American Horn Quartet U.S. Tour in February

| January 29, 2011

The American Horn Quartet will be on tour in the U.S. this coming February. It seems that we have made this a sort of tradition. That is, the AHQ has managed to tour the States just about every year since around 1990. Very often we return to universities and music schools where we have performed […]

Pre-concert routines: a fresh naive view contrasted by one formed out of years of experience

| December 18, 2010

Recently, I enjoyed a very interesting conversation with a young lady, a soprano from America who is studying in Berlin. We were collaborating on a concert project here in Luxembourg. As is my afternoon custom, we sat at a nice cafe and began this discussion. I asked her if she had a particular routine she […]

Reprint of "Ricochet"

| December 8, 2010

It has been ten years since the release of the CD entitled “Ricochet”. This disc is a compilation of various chamber music works of mine which were recorded by the American Horn Quartet, the Saturday Brass Quintet and members of the Luxembourg Philharmonic. And now, after a sell out of the original print, the CD […]

Thoughts About Composition

| November 9, 2010

The other day, a very small comment made by a friend of mine at work sprouted a seed of thought which, over the next five days, grew into quite a bitter plant. The OPL has been recording the works of the French composer Philippe Gaubert (1879-1941.) His pieces have been largely ignored over the past […]