W. Peter Kurau

W. Peter Kurau

Professor of Horn




BM (music education) with high distinction, Performer’s Certificate, Eastman; Associateship Diploma (horn), Royal College of Music; Certificate of Advanced Studies (horn), Guildhall School of Music and Drama; MA (music/psychoacoustics), University of Connecticut; postgraduate study, Florida State University. Studied horn with Verne Reynolds, Paul Ingraham, William Capps, David Cripps, Horace Fitzpatrick, and Barry Tuckwell; chamber music with Robert Nagel, Robert Bloom, Stephen Maxym, Moshe Paronov, and Thomas Nyfenger. Recipient, ITT International Fellowship, Yale Summer School Fellowship, Florida State University Fellowship, Maxie Grant Fellowship, numerous faculty merit awards. Soloist and clinician for United Musical Instruments (King, Conn); performances and master classes at conventions of International Horn Society, MENC, CMS, NACWPI, MTNA, NYSSMA, Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Southeast Horn Workshop, Lieksa (Finland) Brass Festival, Kendall Betts Horn Camp, First Symposium on Music for Horn and Voice (Germany), Hamamatsu/Eastman Seminar, Matsumoto Horn Seminar, and others. Secretary/treasurer, International Horn Society (1995-98), vice-president (1998-2000). Prizewinner, Heldenleben International Horn Competition (1978). Soloist in premiere performance of restored version of Mozart’s Rondo, K. 371. Artistic Ambassador for United States Information Agency: performances and classes in Serbia-Montenegro, Kazakhstan, Macedonia and Syria (1997). Extra horn, St. Louis Symphony (1978-93). Soloist and chamber musician at Skaneateles Festival, Bowdoin Summer Music Festival, Bravo! Colorado Festival, and Orford Festival. Master classes at leading universities in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki Scandia, Lahti Conservatory, and Hochschule fur Musik/Detmold. Principal horn of Grand Teton Music Festival (1997) and Chautauqua Symphony (1997). Assistant Principal/Acting Principal Horn, Rochester Philharmonic (1983-95), Principal Horn, Antara Wind Quintet (1986-95), Rochester Society for Chamber Music (1987-), Rochester Chamber Orchestra (1987-), Rochester Wind Quintet (1991-95), Eastman Brass (1991-), Eastman Wind Quintet (1995-), Eastman Virtuosi (1995-), Principal Horn, Rochester Philharmonic (2004-present). Faculty member, University of Missouri-Columbia (1977-83), SUNY-Geneseo (1984-95), Roberts Wesleyan College (1985-95), Eastman (1987-).