Summer French Horn Courses

4th - 10th August 2019

5th year of an international french horn courses


Zuzana Rzounková

Highly appreciated solo French horn player of the reputable Prague Symphony Orchestra FOK, Zuzana Rzounková, belongs with no doubt to the  top class musicians. Therefore she is regularly invited to cooperate with many orchestras at home and abroad. Often she is performing with the Luxembourg Orchester European Soloists, in the Czech National Orchestra she is leading the horn group and is a solo horn player there. She is regularly performing on stages of famous festivals and her performances are highly valuated by the audience and the critics as well. During her career she was performing in all Europe, China, Japan, South Korea and the USA and so on.

With the same intensity Zuzana Rzounková is focused on solo and chamber playing.  Her active music work includes also teaching, as a professor of the Janáček Academy of Music in Brno, she is highly involved in the education of the new generation of Czech French horn players. Many of her graduates have been playing in the best Czech orchestras. Very often she is asked to participate in master-classes or to be a jury member of competitions. She is an artistic leader of Summer Horn Courses in Broumov, Czech republic. Zuzana Rzounková studied at the Conservatory of Košice and after that at Janáček Academy of Music in Brno. During her studies she won many prizes, e.g. the first prize of the International French horn Competition in London (2004) and in the Moravian Autumn Competition the year after. In 2010 she got the PhD degree at the Janáček Academy of Music in Brno.


Jindřich Petráš

Jindřich Petráš studied French horn at the Brno Conservatoire, and the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno under Professor František Šolc. During his studies, he became a member and later Principal Horn of the Brno State Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1985 he took up the post of Principal Horn in the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. A laureate winner of competitions in Munich, Markneukirchen, Geneva and Prague, as a soloist he regularly performs both at the orchestral concerts with many leading orchestras, and at recitals with piano. He is also a member of the Prague Horn Trio. Since 1996 Mr. Petráš has been teaching horn playing at Brno Conservatoire and at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts, being promoted to professorship in 2007; currently he is Dean of Music Faculty. Since 1991 he has been the co-organiser of the international hornplaying masterclass "Hornclass". Currently he is Chairman of Hornforum - the Czech Horn Association, named after Jan Václav Stich - Punto, and also Chair of the Association for International Interpretative Competition for Wind Instruments, held biennially in Brno.He is regularly invited to become a jury member in national and international competitions, both in solo and chamber playing.

Martin Sokol

Martin Sokol started his studies at the Košice Conservatory with Professor Milan Hubner. After graduating from Košice he went to the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno where he studied under the leading of Zuzana Rzounková. During his studies he has successfully participated in many competitions. He was the first horn player of the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra Olomouc and is currently the first horn player of the FOK Symphony Orchestra – Prague Symphony. He is an often guest of another orchestras and has concerts in Czech republic as well as abroad.

Thomas Hauschild

Thomas Hauschild was born in 1964 in Greiz, Thüringen, where he grew up in a musical family, and started piano lessons at the age of six. He joined the Thomaner Choir, and concurrently with his singing he started taking French horn lessons at the age of 12 with Hermann Märker, and later with Günther Opitz. During his studies with Professor Penzel at the Music Conservatory in Cologne, he involved himself in chamber music as a répétiteur, and as half of a piano/cello duo. Since 1990, Thomas Hauschild has been a member of the State Orchestra of Stuttgart.  In 1992, he was appointed to teach at the State Conservatory in Stuttgart, and has been invited for regular guest appearances with the Hessische Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and the Ensemble HR-Bras. Since 1998, Thomas Hauschild has appeared numerous times with the Wind Soloists of the Stuttgart Bach Academy, and as chamber music pianist at matinees with the Rheinisch Philharmonie Koblenz and the Stuttgart Philharmonic. Another aspect of Thomas Hauschild’s impressive vitae is his success as a conductor. He has been in charge of the Landesjugendorchester Thüringen, the Studentenphilharmonie Tübingen at the Eberhard-Karls University, and has been a guest conductor with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Szeged, Hungary, and with the Philharmonic State Orchestra of Halle. Since autumn 2001, Thomas Hauschild holds the professorship for horn at the Music Conservatory in Leipzig. He is a often guest of masterclasses over the world for example in Riga, Porto, Oslo, Sevilla etc

Jan Vobořil

Jan Vobořil currently holds the position of Principal /Solo Horn in the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and Solistes Europeéns Luxembourg. He is also the leader of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra Horn Section. Jan held the position of Principal /Solo Horn in the PKF-Prague Philharmonia and Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, Jan has performed both at home and abroad (Europe, Japan, USA) under the batton of the best conductors. Jan as a soloist has also recorded for Czech Radio and Television, German ARD Television, Radio Luxembourg and numerous international record labels including Supraphon, Octavia Records (Japan) and the British Classicprint label. Jan is a member of the Prague Wind Quintet, Czech Philharmonic Horn Quartet /Octet and the Czech Horn Quartet (over twenty solo performances of Schumann Konzertstück for Four Horns in Europe).

Since 2011 Jan has become a guest performer as Principal Horn with the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg and Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2016 is regulary invited for a special projects with Riccardo Muti to Korea with Gyeonggi Philharmonic Orchestra. In the same year 2016 he was a Principal horn with Seiji Ozawa in Saito Kinen Orchestra at the Seiji Ozawa Festival in Japan. Jan is also from 2014 a regular guest at Kuhmo International Chamber Music Festival in Finnland. Jan Vobořil is a graduate of the Brno Conservatoire and the Academy of Performing Arts Prague. He is a First Prize winner of many competitions.


Born in Pardubice, Lenka Němcová completed her studies with Karel Křenek and at the Conservatory Pardubice with Otakar Tvrdý. She held eight years the position of first horn in the Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, since 1993 she has been teaching in Police nad Metují in Music Grammar School, where besides the horn she is teaching also other brass instruments. Since 2011 she is active as a teacher also in Broumov music school. Besides her pedagogical activities is Lenka focusing on chamber music in brass quintet Scholasticus.


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