Prof. Christian Lampert
Christian Lampert received his musical education in horn with Francesco Raselli in Basel, Mahir Cakar in Stuttgart and Prof. Erich Penzel in Cologne. At a young age he became a scholarship holder of the German National Academic Foundation and a prize winner of various national and international competitions; among them the International Instrumental Competition Markneukirchen and the German Music Competition in Bonn.
He was principal horn of the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.
In addition to his solo activities, Christian Lampert is particularly dedicated to chamber music and has participated in various renowned ensembles, including German Hornsound, City-Brass Stuttgart, HR-Brass, German Brass, Linos-Ensemble, Ensemble Villa Musica, Consortium Classicum and the Avalon Wind Quintet.
Since 2004, he has taught as a full-time professor of horn at the conservatories in Basel and Stuttgart. In 2018, he assumed the presidency of the Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition for Wind Instruments.
Jury | Pianists
Herr Přemysl Vojta
Přemysl Vojta is widely praised as one of the leading hornists of his generation. In 2010, he was awarded first prize in the 2010 International ARD competition together with the audience prize, prize for the best performance of a new work, and the special award from the New Philharmonie Westfalen. In 2011, after his successful debut at the Beethoven Festival Bonn, he received the prestigious Beethoven Ring Award.Přemysl was born in 1983 in Brno, Czech Republic and began playing the horn at the age of ten under the mentorship of Olga Voldánová. After studying at the Prague Conservatory from 1998 until 2004 with Bedřich Tylšar, he moved to Germany where he was a student of Christian-Friederich Dallmann at the Universität der Künste Berlin from 2004 to 2010. As a student, he was a member of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, European Union Youth Orchestra, as well as performed with the Prague Philharmona.His current engagements include solo performances with the Academy of St Martin ́s in the Fields, BavarianRadio Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Orchestra, Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra, Wiesbaden State Theater Orchestra, and the Prague Philharmonic. He has performed in recitals and given solo concerts in prestigious European festivals including the Bonn Beethoven Festival, Prague Spring, Festival „Mitte Europa“, and the Mount Olympus Festival in St. Petersburg.Since December 2015, Přemysl is principal horn of the WDR Symphonic Orchestra Cologne, and he has previously held the same position with the Staatskapelle Berlin and Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra. As a teacher, he has held teaching positions at the Universität der Künste Berlin (2010-2015) and at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Cologne (2015-2017), and given masterclasses in Germany, Austria, Spain, Japan, China or Finnland. Partnered with pianists Tomoko Sawano and Tobias Koch, he has released a number of recordings that attracted much critical acclaim. His latest CD of all Michael and Joseph Haydn horn concertos, recorded together with the Haydn Ensemble Prague, was released in autumn 2018.Přemysl Vojta plays a french horn made by Klaus Fehr (model 3). For the performances with period instruments he plays a f-horn by Daniel Fuchs (Vienna) and a natural horn by Curtois (Paris).
Prof. Frøydis Ree Wekre
Horn soloist and teacher Frøydis Ree Wekre from Oslo, Norway, was studying piano and violin before turning to horn at the age of 17. Outside of Oslo, her studies have taken place in Sweden, Russia and USA.
After a year workingin the Norwegian Opera, she joined the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra and played as co-principal until 1991. She has performed under such conductors as Herbert Blomstedt, Bernhard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Kirill Kondrashin, Zubin Mehta, Pierre Monteux, Esa Pekka Salonen and many others. In addition to her orchestral activities, she has been an active soloist and chamber musician, mostly in Europe and North America.
As a teacher, Ms. Wekre was Professor of Horn and chamber Music at the Norwegian Academy of Music until 2011. Nowadasy she is travelling worldwide, lecturing and giving master classes.
Her book, "Thoughts on Playing the Horn well", has been translated into numerous languages. Her last book, "Collected Writings", was released in 2020. More than 40 compositions have been written for her. Some of these have been recorded on the labels of SIMAX, CRYSTAL and 2L.no
Frøydis Ree Wekre is an honorary member of the International Horn Society, where she also was the president during a period. For many years she has been associated with the Sarasota Music Festival, USA, Banff Festival of the Arts and Domaine Forget, Canada.
Prof. Marie-Luise Neunecker
"The truly regal Marie-Luise Neunecker plays horn with a melodic grace and effortless, agile bows that other horn players can only dream of," wrote the Berliner Morgenpost.
Highly acclaimed for her extraordinary virtuosity, the hornist looks back on a successful career worldwide. She is in great demand as a soloist and chamber musician and is considered one of the most distinguished instrumentalists of our time. During her tenure as principal horn of the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra and the Frankfurt RSO from 1979 to 1989, she attracted attention as a prize-winner of several prestigious international competitions, such as the German Music Competition in Bonn(1982), the International ARD Competition in Munich(1983) and the Concert Artists Guild Competition in New York(1986). Today she performs in the most important concert halls worldwide. In 2013 she was awarded the prestigious Frankfurt Music Prize. In addition to her successes as a soloist, which have brought her together with orchestras such as the radio orchestras of the NDR, SWR, MDR, hr, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the Vienna Philharmonic, as well as with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, her attention is equally devoted to chamber music. Her chamber music partners include Frank Peter Zimmermann, Christian Tetzlaff, Lars Vogt, Antje Weithaas, András Schiff, Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Martha Argerich, as well as the Zehetmair Quartet.
She has also performed as a chamber musician or/and soloist at major and important festivals: the Salzburg Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Aldeburgh Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Risör Festival or the Wiener Festwochen.
György Ligeti wrote his horn concerto "Hamburgisches Konzert" for Marie-Luise Neunecker, which she premiered in January 2001. Since then she has performed the concerto assigned to her in several countries; most recently with the Aurora Orchestra in London. For the Ligeti Edition on Warner Classics, she recorded the work with the Asko Ensemble and Reinberg de Leeuw.
With numerous recordings that have received awards such as the ECHO Klassik and a Grammy nomination, the hornist has not only documented her exceptional standing and versatility, but has also contributed significantly to the greater awareness of horn literature from a wide range of eras. She recorded the Strauss Horn Concertos with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under Ingo Metzmacher, and the Britten Horn Serenade with tenor Ian Bostridge. She has also released a recording of the Hindemith Concerto and a CD of horn concertos by Russian composers such as Reinhold Glière, Alexander Glazunov and Vissarion Shebalin. As a chamber musician, her recordings include the Brahms Horn Trios with Frank Peter Zimmermann and Wolfgang Sawallisch, a CD of works by Othmar Schoeck, Charles and Ethel Smyth, and most recently, with Lars Vogt at the piano, a recording of works by Hindemith, Kirchner, Brahms, Beethoven and Schumann.
Marie-Luise Neunecker is professor of horn at the Hanns Eisler Academy of Music in Berlin and travels the world for master classes.
Prof. Raimund Zell
Raimund Zell, born in 1977, grew up in the southern German brass band scene. He studied with Michael Höltzel in Detmold and with Christian Dallmann in Berlin. A former member of the German Federal Youth Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra, he was a horn player in the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra for 10 years after engagements with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Komische Oper Berlin and the Dresden Staatskapelle. He has also played regularly with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra for 15 years and is a regular guest with the major symphony and opera orchestras in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Raimund Zell is a multiple international competition prize winner as a soloist and chamber musician, including the 2004 Markneukirchen International Instrumental Competition, and in addition to his orchestral activities, he is active internationally as a chamber musician, soloist and pedagogue. He taught horn for six years at the Berlin University of the Arts in the class of Christian Dallmann and held a professorship for horn and chamber music at the Bern University of the Arts in 2011/2012. From 2012-2015 Raimund Zell was professor of horn at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz and since 2012 has been professor of horn at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz, as well as a mental coach. He lives with his family in Vienna.
Prof. Stefan Heimann
Prof. Stefan Heimann hat in Hamburg bei Prof. Walter Hilgers studiert. Sein erstes Engagement führt ihn zu den Essener Philharmonikern, denen er von 1993-1999 angehört, um anschließend zum Staatsorchester Stuttgart zu wechseln. 2000 wird er zum Lehrbeauftragten an den Hochschulen Mannheim und Stuttgart ernannt.
Seit 1996 ist er Mitglied im Mannheim Brass Quintetts, mit dem er u.a. Preise bei verschiedenen Wettbewerben gewann, so auch beim Internationalen Wettbewerb für Blechbläser-Quintette Narbonne.
2007 wird er zum Honorarprofessor der Stuttgarter Musikhochschule ernannt. Dort gründet er mit seinen Kollegen das Ensemble „City Brass Stuttgart“, in dem Professoren zusammen mit fortgeschrittenen Studenten als Ensemble auftreten. 2015 beruft ihn die Musikhochschule Mannheim zum ordentlichen Professor für Tuba, 2017 bekommt er den Ruf an der Stuttgarter Musikhochschule zum ordentlichen Professor. 2018 verlässt Stefan Heimann das Württembergische Staatsorchester Stuttgart, um sich ganz seiner Lehrtätigkeit zu widmen. Viele seiner Studierenden sind Preisträger internationaler Wettbewerbe und Mitglieder großer Orchester, wie der Staatsoper München, der Essener Philharmoniker, des Gürzenichorchesters Köln, des Staatstheaters Wiesbaden, der Düsseldorfer Sinfonikern etc.
Seine Studierenden bekleiden regelmäßig Positionen im Bundesjugendorchester, der Jungen Deutschen Philharmonie, im Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchester und sind Stipendiaten der Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes und des DAAD. 2003 entwickelt er zusammen mit dem Landesblasmusikverband die „TUBA TOUR DE LÄNDLE“, die landesweit für Nachwuchs auf der Tuba wirbt und Tubisten in Musikvereinen weiterbildet. Durch die erfolgreiche Arbeit an der Musikhochschule Stuttgart, zusammen mit seinen Kollegen Prof. Christian Lampert, Prof. Wolfgang Bauer und Prof. Henning Wiegräbe, wird er 2017 für den Landeslehrpreis vorgeschlagen. Regelmäßig folgt er Einladungen für Jurys in Wettbewerben, Meisterkursen und Workshops auf der ganzen Welt.
„DER TÄGLICHE BEDARF“ erschienen im Verlag Blechpresse
4 CDs mit dem Ensemble Mannheim Brass ( Brass Pieces, Boundless, 5.1 mit Reinhold Friedrich, ID erschienen u.a. bei Coviello Records)
Prof. Jörg Wachsmuth
KV Prof. Jörg Wachsmuth comes from a family of musicians in Thuringia, grew up in Potsdam and studied tuba at the Hochschule für Musik "Hanns Eisler" Berlin with KV Prof. Dietrich Unkrodt. Today he is undisputedly one of the world's leading virtuosos on his instrument. His musical home is the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. There he has been active as solo tuba player since 2000. His chamber music activities include the renowned Melton Tuba Quartet.
He has won prizes at various national and international competitions and is an internationally sought-after soloist and orchestral tuba player. Concert tours have taken him to Europe, Asia, Scandinavia, South America and the USA. Early on, Wachsmuth began an equally successful pedagogical career in addition to his many musical commitments. Since 2002 he has been teaching at the Hochschule für Musik "Carl Maria von Weber" in Dresden. In 2006, Jörg Wachsmuth was appointed chamber musician and in 2012 chamber virtuoso. In 2009, he was appointed honorary professor of tuba. Today he teaches all over the world, conducts master classes and is a sought-after juror for competitions. Together with actor and cabaret artist Tom Pauls and pianist Masumi Sakagami, he demonstrates his comedic talent in the program "Ilse Bähnert's Tubamania".
His special love is the largest playable giant tuba in the world from the music town of Markneukirchen, which received its naming in October 2015 and was christened "Ilse". On this he set a world record in playing the "Flight of the Bumblebee" by Rimsky-Korsakov in 52.96 seconds on the MDR television program "Stefanie Hertel - Meine Stars" and improved this to 52.73 seconds on Stefan Raab's late night show "TV Total" (Pro7).