Bands/Musicians The Best Horn Players in the World  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite horn or French horn player who's alive today.

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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Kees Versney is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Cornelis added Kees Versney Principal Horn Radio Filharmonisch Orkest Classical

Member of the Radio Filharmonisch Sextet (see photo). Teacher of  the Muziek Lyceum in Hilversum, The Netherlands.

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598 893
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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374 777
Stefan Dohr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary
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389 820
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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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254 588
Radovan Vlatkovic is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary; ballet
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255 597
Dale Clevenger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical music
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251 593
Hermann Baumann is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Mario Gordon added
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217 516
Barry Tuckwell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical
9
178 425
Peter Kurau is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Peter Kurau Classical
10
137 330
Frank Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary; ballet
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144 347
Dennis Brain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
JohannIllich added Classical music, 20th-century classical music
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69 167
Philip Myers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical
13
59 143
Anthony Halstead is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical
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37 90
Bedřich Tylšar is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Bedřich Tylšar Classical
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37 90
Will Sanders is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary
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112 271
William VerMeulen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical
17
107 259
Peter Damm is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary
18
85 206
Frøydis Ree Wekre is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary; ballet
19
109 264
Andrew Bain is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Pop music
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34 83
Richard King is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
hornpianomusic added Richard King
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82 199
Dennis Brain is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
JohannIllich added Dennis Brain
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53 129
John Cerminaro is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary
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89 216
Vincent DeRosa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary; modern; studio musician
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48 117
Jeff Nelsen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; ballet; modern; contemporary
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60 146
Michael Thompson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Pop music, Rock music, Instrumental rock