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French Horn Orchestra - Teremiski Horn CampWATCH
Each year horn players from different countries come to Teremiski, Poland to learn and enjoy music. This year we have a special guest - incredible soloist and successful teacher - William VerMeulen! This will be the only opportunity to meet him in Europe.
If you want to follow the footsteps of his students who win most of the auditions to USA and abroad orchestras come to Teremiski Horn Camp!
Hailed as “an impeccable solo horn” by the Berlin Neue Zeit, William VerMeulen leads his generation of American Horn Soloists. In Tune magazine says, “the horn playing of William VerMeulen is miraculous!....clearly one of today's superstars of the international brass scene.” Fanfare magazine writes, “Horn virtuoso William VerMeulen may be the best of the lot, commanding his difficult instrument with suavity and grace.”
Mr. VerMeulen has been Principal Horn of the Houston Symphony since 1990. In addition, he has performed as guest Principal Horn of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He previously played with the orchestras of Chicago, Columbus, Honolulu, and Kansas City. Mr. VerMeulen maintains a busy schedule as a soloist and chamber musician with recent engagements in New York, Spain, Israel, Poland, Alabama, Colorado, Florida, Ohio, Idaho, Orcas Island, Virginia, Washington, and Texas.
Mr. VerMeulen has participated as a performer and on faculty with numerous music festivals and chamber music presenters including: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Aspen DaCamera, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Joshua Bell and Friends, Methow, Tanglewood, Grand Teton, Pacific, Steamboat Springs, Orcas Island, Seattle, National Repertory Orchestra, Festival Institute at Round Top, Bowdoin, Colorado, Interlochen, Chamber Music Northwest, Kapalua and the Sun Valley Summer Symphony where he also serves as Principal Horn.
He has performed to critical acclaim on four continents as a soloist and chamber musician and is a popular artist at International Horn Symposiums. His recording of the four Mozart Horn Concerti with Christoph Eschenbach and the Houston Symphony is heralded internationally with high critical acclaim and has sold out of its third pressing. A champion of new music, Mr. VerMeulen has had numerous pieces written for him including concerti by esteemed American composer Samuel Adler and Prix de Rome and Stoeger Award winner Pierre Jalbert. A winner of array of awards and honors, Mr. VerMeulen received first prize at the 1980 International Horn Society Soloist Competition and the Shapiro Award for Most Outstanding Brass Player at the Tanglewood Festival.
Arguably the most successful of horn teachers working today, Mr. VerMeulen is Professor of Horn at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University with students performing in numerous major orchestras throughout the world including the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati and Dallas Symphonies. He is a member of the Advisory Council of the International Horn Society and also serves as an adjudicator and board member of the International Horn Competition of America and has been a regular coach at the New World Symphony in Miami. In 1985 he was invited to the White House to receive a “Distinguished Teacher of America Certificate of Excellence” from President Reagan and the White House commission on Presidential Scholars.
Mr. VerMeulen received his training from Dale Clevenger at Northwestern University and at the Interlochen Arts Academy and performs on horns, handcrafted and custom made by Keith Berg of Canada and Engelbert Schmid of Germany. He is Founder and President of VerMeulen Music, L.L.C., which offers music and products for horn players worldwide.
Igor Szeligowski earned his master’s degree at the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He continued his education during the International Horn Workshop at Eastman School of Music in Rochester (USA) supervised by – William VerMeulen, James Decker, Charles Kavalovsky and James Tchather.
During his career he toured with Grammy Award winning Polish Festival Orchestra founded by Krystian Zimerman, Sinfonia Varsovia, Teatro Municipal de Chile, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Polish Radio Orchestra, Sinfonietta Cracovia performing under the baton of such prominent conductors as Valery Gergiev, Lorin Maazel, Claudio Abbado, sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding or Krzysztof Urbański. On a daily basis he works as a soloist in Warsaw National Opera. He cooperates with London Symphony Orchestra and Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. He teaches in Academy of Music in Poznań.
Soloist of the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw. He graduated from Music Academy in Cracow. As one of the few among Polish horn players he was coached by the legendary Dale Clevenger and William VerMeulen. They made a huge influence on his playing. During his career he was a principal horn in Sudety Philharmonic, Cracow Opera, Polish Radio Orchestra in Warsaw, National Orchestra of Liban in Beirut where he was also a teacher in local Music Conservatory.
Czopka was cooperating with leading polish orchestras, among others: Warsaw Philharmonic, Polish Radio Orchestra, Polish National Opera, Sinfonia Varsovia to name a few. Since 1986 he has been leading successfuly teaching career working in Walbrzych School of Music. He is invited on numerous master classes and workshops. His students are winning auditions to best orchestras in Europe and America. He is a teacher of Igor Szeligowski.
Jacek Muzyk, born in Krakow, Poland, began to study French horn at the age of 18 and graduated with a master's degree from the Academy of Music in Krakow. Mr. Muzyk earned his second master's degree at the Mannes College of Music in New York City studying under David Jolley. He continued his education at the Juilliard School of Music under William Purvis and at Rice University in Houston, Texas under William VerMeulen . Then, Jacek Muzyk returned to Poland and worked full time with the best polish orchestras, including Sinfonia Varsovia, the National Philharmonic of Warsaw, Polish Radio Orchestra, and the Krakow Philharmonic. In 1999, he was nominated the Principal Horn for Krystian Zimerman's Polish Festival Orchestra, the elite group of Poland's finest musicians that toured Europe and the United States with over 40 performances of Chopin's concertos; the tour won numerous accolades including Grammy Award.
In 2002, he moved to the United States where he played with the Houston Grand Opera and the Dallas Symphony before being appointed the Principal Horn with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He made guest appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Houston Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Saint Louis Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and other orchestras in the USA, Asia, Europe, and South America, often performing as a guest soloist.
Jacek Muzyk has given numerous master classes and recitals throughout all habitable continents and has made solo recordings under the Polish Radio label. Currently, there are three CD recordings of Muzyk's performances: Mozart's Concertos (Including all concertos) Bach Music for French Horn (Cello Suites #1, 2, and 3) Horn Constellation (French horn played in various configurations from solo and duets with various instruments). Michal Muzyk, Mr. Muzyk's talented 12 year old son, plays first horn in a duet with his father in one of the selections. After winning the Associate Principal Horn position with the Houston Symphony and performing there for a year, Jacek Music decided to go back to Buffalo and continues as Principal Horn for the Buffalo Philharmonic. He teaches in Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.
Krzysztof Stencel successfuly perfoms concerts on french horn and natural horn in Poland and abroad. He graduated from Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice. During his stay in USA he was having lessons with Houston Symphony Orchestra soloist - William VerMeulen. He is cooperating with numerous prominent orchestras such as: National Philharmonic in Warsaw, Sinfonia Varsovia, Polish National Opera and more. For many times he was invited to play in World Orchestra for Peace.
Krzysztof Stencel devotes his time for playing the natural horn too. During his career he worked with such ensembles as: Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart, Insula Orchestra Paris, Den Jyske Sinfonietta, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Enghave Barok and Esterházy Hofkapelle. He cooperated with prominent conductors: Christopher Hogwood, Phelippe Hereewaghe, Paul McCreesh, Paul Goodwin, Marc Minkowski andEnrico Onofri.
Apart from playing the contemporary and natural horn he is a successful teacher. He is a foundator and general manager of Rogowisko Horn Workshops. He is a faculty member of Varmia Musica. On a daily basis he teaches on Academy of Music in Poznan. In free time he runs ultramaratons, is a brewer and fan of two wheeled vehicle.
A son of Czesław Czopka - his first teacher. Gabriel Czopka graduated from the Wroclaw Academy of Music. He continued his education during his stay in USA with Dale Clevenger, William VerMeulen, Jacek Muzyk and William Caballero. was working as a second horn in Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. After coming back to Poland he performed with prominent Polish orchestras such as: Sinfonia Varsovia, National Opera in Warsaw and Wrocław Philharmonic. Gabriel performed all over the world including Asia, North America, South America and Europe. He is having concerts as a chamber musician too.
Gabriel Czopka has a lot of energy and very good approach to young people. On a daily basis he is working as a soloist in Warsaw Philharmonic and is a member of Hornet Quartet (ensemble of four young prominent Polish horn players). Last summer they performed during the International Horn Society symphosium in Brasil . Sailing and poker are his hobbies.
I had a great time during Teremiski Horn Camp 2017. I met wonderfull people, learned lots of good stuff which helped me during auditions I take.
Low register was a huge problem for me. After few lessons with Igor and Czesław I made a big progress. Now playing in this register is much more easier for me!
I was taking part in this masterclasses from the first edition. Each year I receive a lot of new informations and tips about playing the horn. Looking forward to next edition!
I'm a professional horn player in philharmonic. I want to develop my horn playing even if I have less time because of my work. In Teremiski I have played lots of orchestral excerpts which made my work less stressful.
I took part in my first Teremiski Horn Camp in 2014 when I was 10 years old. It changed my life. Now, I want to become a professional horn player!