Classical 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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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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Stefan Dohr is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary

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

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Peter Kurau is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Peter Kurau Classical

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Dennis Brain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
JohannIllich added Classical music, 20th-century classical music

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Dale Clevenger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical music

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Hermann Baumann is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Mario Gordon added

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Barry Tuckwell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical

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

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Andrew Bain is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Pop music

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

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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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Peter Damm is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical; contemporary

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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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Dennis Brain is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
JohannIllich added Dennis Brain

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

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Anthony Halstead is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical

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James Thatcher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
James Thatcher Classical; contemporary

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

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Roland Berger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
JohannIllich added Roland Berger

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James Sommerville is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical

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

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Martin Owen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horn Players in the World
Classical