Classical The Best Horn Players in the World  

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Horn instruments are some of the most popular and most diverse musical instruments in the world. They've permeated through dozens of genres of music, lending themselves to help create some of the most moving and emotional pieces of music in history. The people on this list are masters of brass instruments and are considered giants in the musical world.  

Whether you recognize these musicians or not, they've all carved a place out for themselves in the music world and have become influential and prominent figures in the industry. If you love geeking out on music, we definitely recommend finding some of their music. 

This list is votable and rerankable, so take a look through and vote up your favorite horn players in the world. If you don't see someone on here who should be, feel free to add them, but this list is for living musicians only.

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Radek Baborák is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Radek Baborák Classical; contemporary

2
214 75
Radovan Vlatkovic is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary; ballet

3
170 74
Peter Kurau is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Peter Kurau Classical

4
219 113
Hermann Baumann is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Mario Gordon added

5
319 184
Stefan Dohr is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary

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333 218
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Luis Rivera added Sarah Willis Classical; contemporary - Sarah Willis is the first female brass player of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. She is very well known all around the world with one of her most famous YouTube playlists "Horn hangouts" where she plays with and interviews many international horn super stars. She has studied with Fergus McWilliam in Berlin, where she became 2nd Horn in the Berlin State Opera under Daniel Barenboim in 1991. During this time, Sarah played as a guest with many top orchestras such as Chicago Symphony, London Symphony and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and performed worldwide as a soloist and in various chamber music ensembles.  

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225 142
Dale Clevenger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical music

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106 53
Dennis Brain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
JohannIllich added Classical music, 20th-century classical music

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194 148
Barry Tuckwell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical

10
122 97
Frank Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary; ballet

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101 81
Peter Damm is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary

12
66 50
Dennis Brain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
JohannIllich added Dennis Brain

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94 90
William VerMeulen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical

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81 84
Vincent DeRosa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary; modern; studio musician

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45 41
Roland Berger is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
JohannIllich added Roland Berger

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68 70
Frøydis Ree Wekre is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary; ballet

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93 101
Andrew Bain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Pop music

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54 54
Anthony Halstead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical

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28 30
Daniel Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Brian Johnston added Daniel Gingrich

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34 38
Bedřich Tylšar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Bedřich Tylšar Classical

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40 46
Richard Watkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary; ballet

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58 71
Michael Thompson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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15 14
Zdeněk Tylšar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
JohannIllich added Zdenek Tylsar

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50 65
John Cerminaro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary

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47 61
James Sommerville is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical

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63 84
Julie Landsman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Julie Landsman Classical

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32 43
Will Sanders is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary

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30 41
Martin Owen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical

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53 74
James Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
James Thatcher Classical; contemporary

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27 38
Pip Eastop is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary

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27 38
Lin Jiang is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; modern; contemporary

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61 87
Philip Myers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical

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29 41
Richard King is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
hornpianomusic added Richard King

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22 31
Timothy Brown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary

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42 60
Jeff Nelsen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; ballet; modern; contemporary

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24 34
Klaus Wallendorf is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Carlos Chiattone added Klaus Wallendorf

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17 24
Arkady Shilkloper is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Claudio Bande added Arkady Shilkloper

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8 12
Ronald Janezic is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Francetto added Ronald Janezic

Ronald Janezic (born 1968) is principal Horn of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, he made a great Recording of the 2nd Strauss Hornconcerto and play the Vienna Horn really great..his father was also Hornplayer at the VPO (2nd Horn) and his younger brother is freelancing Hornplayer and teacher for French Horn...

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26 39
Richard Bissill is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary

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23 35
Boštjan Lipovšek is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Boštjan Lipovšek Classical

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25 38
Gunther Schuller is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical

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14 24
Saar Berger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Even Brodwall added Saar Berger

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23 38
Douglas Hill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical

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20 36
Richard Deane is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Richard Deane Classical; contemporary

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18 36
Arthur C. Brooks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary

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9 22
Geoff Collinson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary

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10 24
John Graas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Susan Graas McKeever added West Coast jazz

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14 31
Stephen Stirling is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Stephen Stirling Classical

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14 31
Vladimir Djambazov is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Vladimir Djambazov Classical; contemporary

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12 29
Simon de Souza is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary; new world; modern