music 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

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176 63
Stefan Dohr is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Stefan Dohr Classical; contemporary

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148 57
Dale Clevenger is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Dale Clevenger Classical music

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188 82
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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 ...

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76 22
Hermann Baumann is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Mario Gordon added Hermann Baumann

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75 25
Radovan Vlatkovic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Radovan Vlatkovic Classical; contemporary; ballet

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64 28
Frank Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Frank Lloyd Classical; contemporary; ballet

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107 62
Barry Tuckwell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Barry Tuckwell Classical

9
52 26
William VerMeulen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
William VerMeulen Classical

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68 40
Andrew Bain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Andrew Bain Pop music

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37 21
Peter Damm is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Peter Damm Classical; contemporary

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44 28
Frøydis Ree Wekre is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Frøydis Ree Wekre Classical; contemporary; ballet

13
52 36
Vincent DeRosa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Vincent DeRosa Classical; contemporary; modern; studio musician

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32 20
Anthony Halstead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Anthony Halstead Classical

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26 15
Richard Watkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Richard Watkins Classical; contemporary; ballet

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42 32
Michael Thompson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Michael Thompson Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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35 29
James Sommerville is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
James Sommerville Classical

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11 4
Daniel Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Brian Johnston added Daniel Gingrich

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34 30
John Cerminaro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
John Cerminaro Classical; contemporary

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24 19
Martin Owen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Martin Owen Classical

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43 41
Julie Landsman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Julie Landsman Classical

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39 38
James Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
James Thatcher Classical; contemporary

23
15 13
Peter Kurau is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Peter Kurau Classical

24
16 17
Lin Jiang is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Lin Jiang Classical; modern; contemporary

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16 17
Pip Eastop is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Pip Eastop Classical; contemporary

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29 33
Jeff Nelsen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Jeff Nelsen Classical; ballet; modern; contemporary

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41 49
Philip Myers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Philip Myers Classical

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13 15
Bedřich Tylšar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Bedřich Tylšar Classical

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16 19
Richard King is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
hornpianomusic added Richard King

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10 12
Klaus Wallendorf is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Carlos Chiattone added Klaus Wallendorf

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13 16
Timothy Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Timothy Brown Classical; contemporary

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19 24
Richard Bissill is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Richard Bissill Classical; contemporary

33
20 26
Gunther Schuller is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Gunther Schuller Classical

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15 20
Will Sanders is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Will Sanders Classical; contemporary

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5 7
Arkady Shilkloper is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Claudio Bande added Arkady Shilkloper

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7 10
Geoff Collinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Geoff Collinson Classical; contemporary

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7 10
John MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
John MacDonald Classical; ballet

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16 22
Boštjan Lipovšek is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Boštjan Lipovšek Classical

39
16 22
Arthur C. Brooks is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Arthur C. Brooks Classical; contemporary

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14 20
Richard Deane is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Richard Deane Classical; contemporary

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17 24
Douglas Hill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Douglas Hill Classical

42
10 15
Simon de Souza is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Simon de Souza Classical; contemporary; new world; modern

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6 10
John Graas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Susan Graas McKeever added John Graas West Coast jazz

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11 17
Vladimir Djambazov is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Vladimir Djambazov Classical; contemporary

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7 12
Saar Berger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Even Brodwall added Saar Berger

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13 22
William Purvis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
William Purvis Classical

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9 18
Sharon Freeman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Sharon Freeman Jazz; blues; swing

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8 17
Vicente Zarzo Pitarch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Vicente Zarzo Pitarch Classical

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8 18
Dave Lee is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Dave Lee Jazz; blues; swing

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6 16
Emily Willis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
emilyq88 added Emily Willis