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Stefan Blonk, 30-01-2014 (45) R0,6

I started my first hornlessons with Ab Koster in The Hague Holland and studied at the royal conservatory with Piet Schijf. Followed by a few years with Hermann Baumann in Essen, Germany.

Already during his studies I combined playing the modern valve horn with the natural horn. This combination I continued in my professional live, playing as first horn with the Arnhem Philharmonic and with the orchestra of the 18th century. Since 2013 I became free lance. In this way I’m able to play more on old horns. I play in many different orchestras and groups in Europe. The Orchestra of the eighteenth century, Apollo ensemble and the Haydn Philharmonie are my regular groups.

I’ve always been rather keen on playing as a soloist and chamber musician. Played many times as soloist with the Arnhem Philharmonic. Now I play a horn and harp programm and a trio programm with violin and piano. With Riko Fukuda, piano and Franc Polman, violin we recorded the Brahms horn trio.

I teach at the conservatory of Zwolle (Artez school of the arts). Gave masterclasses in Brazil, Spain and Belgium and at the Amsterdam conservatory.

Besides I buy and sell old horns, like to write short stories and run trails.