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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Peter Kurau is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Peter Kurau Classical

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Radek Baborák is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Radek Baborák Classical; contemporary

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Hermann Baumann is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Mario Gordon added Hermann Baumann

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Stefan Dohr is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Stefan Dohr Classical; contemporary

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Radovan Vlatkovic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Radovan Vlatkovic Classical; contemporary; ballet

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Dale Clevenger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Dale Clevenger Classical music

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

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

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Peter Damm is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Peter Damm Classical; contemporary

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Frank Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Frank Lloyd Classical; contemporary; ballet

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

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

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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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Andrew Bain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Andrew Bain Pop music

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Frøydis Ree Wekre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Frøydis Ree Wekre Classical; contemporary; ballet

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

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Michael Thompson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Michael Thompson Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock

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

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John Cerminaro is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
John Cerminaro Classical; contemporary

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Bedřich Tylšar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Bedřich Tylšar Classical

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Daniel Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Brian Johnston added Daniel Gingrich

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James Sommerville is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
James Sommerville Classical

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James Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
James Thatcher Classical; contemporary

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Zdeněk Tylšar is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
JohannIllich added Zdenek Tylsar

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Julie Landsman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Julie Landsman Classical

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Philip Myers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Philip Myers Classical

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Pip Eastop is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Pip Eastop Classical; contemporary

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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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Will Sanders is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Will Sanders Classical; contemporary

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Timothy Brown is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Timothy Brown Classical; contemporary

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Martin Owen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Martin Owen Classical

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Ronald Janezic is listed (or ranked) 34 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 ...

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Lin Jiang is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Lin Jiang Classical; modern; contemporary

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Jeff Nelsen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Jeff Nelsen Classical; ballet; modern; contemporary

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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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Richard Bissill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Richard Bissill Classical; contemporary

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Gunther Schuller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Gunther Schuller Classical

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Richard King is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
hornpianomusic added Richard King

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

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Boštjan Lipovšek is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Boštjan Lipovšek Classical

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Richard Deane is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Richard Deane Classical; contemporary

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Saar Berger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Even Brodwall added Saar Berger

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

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

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

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Vladimir Djambazov is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Vladimir Djambazov Classical; contemporary

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Simon de Souza is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Simon de Souza Classical; contemporary; new world; modern

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John MacDonald is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
John MacDonald Classical; ballet