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Kerry Turner


Kerry Turner has become one of the most recognised 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. The major ensembles with which he has performed include the world-famous American Horn Quartet, the stunning Virtuoso Horn Duo, and the Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg. As a member of these prestigious organisations, he has performed in concerts 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 came 5th at the Geneva International Horn Competition and won the Bronze Medal at the 39th Prague Spring International Music Competition. His 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 organisations, including the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, the Philharmonie Luxembourg, the Japanese Horn Ensemble, and the Richmond, Virginia Chamber Music Society (Thomas Jöstlein), to name but a few. He has been awarded top prizes at the International Horn Society Composition Contest as well as by the IBLA Foundation. Most recently, his Concerto for Horn and Orchestra was commissioned and premiered by Leonard Slatkin and the Detroit Symphony.

Photo: Eric Chenal Photo: Eric Chenal