Mount Vernon Music is a 501(c)3 organization formed in 2006 to further the performance of classical and other fine music in rural East Texas. For more information on the mission and concert schedule of Mount Vernon Music, and about historic Mount Vernon Music Hall, please visit www.mountvernonmusic.org .
Established in 1982 by four Americans who perform in well-known European orchestras, the American Horn Quartet enjoys an ever-increasing popularity in the brass chamber music world. Its members have won numerous prizes as soloists at international competitions in Europe and North America. In addition, the quartet has won First Prizes at the Phillip Jones International Brass Chamber Music Competition in Barcs, Hungary (1989), the NOTAMUS International Chamber Music Competition in Brussels (1991) and the Seventh Tokyo International Chamber Music Competition (1992). In its twenty-five year history the American Horn Quartet has performed extensively throughout Europe, the United States, Scandinavia, Japan, Hong Kong, Canada, China, Australia and Africa. Their performances have been the highlight at numerous chamber music festivals and brass workshops around the world. The National Endowment of the Arts has recognized and supported the accomplishments of the AHQ by making them 1994 chamber music grant recipients.
Unique in the field of chamber music performance, the American Horn Quartet offers an intriguing repertoire which includes not only traditional works for horn, but imaginative arrangements of works of diverse genres as well as prize winning original compositions by members of the Quartet itself. The result is a refreshing new realization of the possibilities of horn performance. The ensemble continues to record concerts for live radio and television broadcast, and has produced nine compact discs which have received rave reviews. The American Record Guide recently described the AHQ as "the finest brass chamber ensemble in the world."
For more information about the American Horn Quartet please visit their website at www.hornquartet.com .
David Johnson, teaches at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana in Lugano, Switzerland. He was a prize winner at the International Horn Competition, a recipient of the Swiss Prize in Geneva, and a prize winner at the Chamber Music Competition in Narbonne. Mr. Johnson was formerly principal horn of the Berne Symphony, the Philharmonia Hungarica in Marl, Germany, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Basel and the Niedersaechsisches Staats Orchester in Hannover. He is an active clinician and frequently sits on the panel for international competitions.
Kerry Turner is currently the associate principal horn of the Luxemburg Philharmonic. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music in New York, he has been a prize winner at the International Horn Competition in New York and in Prague. Formerly principal horn of the Guerzenich Orchestra in Cologne, he is a regular guest artist with the Ensemble Modern.
As a composer, Mr. Turner was awarded top prizes by the International Horn Society, was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship, and has been commissioned by several leading organizations. His works have been enthusiastically received in several of the great cultural centers of the world--New York, London, Brussels, Munich, Paris, Tokyo and Chicago.
Charles Putnam is currently a member of the Beethoven Orchestra in Bonn, Germany. He was engaged by the Florida Orchestra in Tampa as assistant first horn immediately following college, and soon after won the principal horn position in the Israel Sinfonietta chamber orchestra in Beer Sheva, Israel. Mr. Putnam also played in Florence, Italy with the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and the Gelsenkirchen Philharmonic in Germany prior to his current position in Bonn. Also active as a performer on natural horn, he has toured internationally and recorded frequently with many prominent European baroque orchestras including Concentus Musicus Wien, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Musica Antiqua Koeln.
Geoffrey Winter is principal horn of the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn. He has won solo prizes at the International Horn Competition in Markneukirchen and at the ARD Music Competition in Munich. Mr. Winter began playing the horn at the age of 7, and studied with such leading hornists as Vince Derosa, James Decker and Christopher Leuba. After holding the position of principal horn in the Municipal Symphonic Orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela, he moved to Europe after being engaged as 3rd horn with the Philharmonia Hungarica in Marl, Germany. Mr. Winter's previous experience also includes many years in brass chamber music ensembles such as the Philharmonic Brass Quintet (Duesseldorf) and the Zephyr Brass Quintet.