Stefan Dohr (French horn) , Germany
Proclaimed by the New York Chronicle as the "king of his instrument", Stefan Dohr's perfect technique, pure intonation and beautifully articulated artistry are steadily making him a talking point internationally.
Stefan Dohr studied in Essen and Cologne and started his professional career at the age of 19 as principal horn of the Frankfurt Opera. He occupied the same position with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice and the Deutschen-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Stefan Dohr has been the principal horn of the Berlin Philharmonic since 1993.
As a soloist Stefan Dohr has worked with many celebrated conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Bernhard Haitink, Christian Thielemann, Ingo Metzmacher and Daniel Harding as well as Claudio Abbado, who also invited him to appear as principal horn with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra. His engagements as a sought after chamber musician include performances with his Philharmonic colleagues in various ensembles as well as with partners such as Maurizio Pollini, Lars Vogt, Kolja Blacher and Ian Bostridge. He is also a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Octet as well as the Ensemble Wien-Berlin. Stefan Dohr appears regularly in international chamber music festivals and is invited to give master classes throughout the world.
As well as the solo-repertoire of the classic and romantic period such as the horn concertos of Mozart, Haydn and Strauss, Stefan Dohr's interest also lies in works by contemporary composers such as Ligeti, Knussen and Kirchner. He has had a number of pieces composed for him, such as the ‘Montafon' concerto by Herbert Willi which he premiered in 2008, and a horn concerto by Johannes Wallmann, premiered in 2010. The Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa created a piece for French horn and orchestra for him and in February 2011, Stefan Dohr performed the premiere with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle.
In 2007 Stefan Dohr and his colleagues from the Berlin Philharmonic horn section released the CD ‘Opera!' and a solo recording, complete with all of Mozart's horn concertos and which includes the arrangements and completions by Franz Xaver Süßmayer, Robert D. Levin and Nino Rota for Mozart's Unfinished K 412/514 (386b), has been released by Camerata, Japan. Another CD, "FOUR CORNERS!", featuring a colourful collection of wild, wonderful and exotic international music arranged for four horns has been released in 2011