Summer French Horn Courses

5th - 11th August 2018

4th year of an international french horn courses


Esa Tapani (Finland)

Esa Tapani (1968) began playing the horn at the Lappeenranta music school in 1979. He studied at the Helsinki Conservatory and the Sibelius-Academy passing his examination with highest marks. Tapani's teachers include Leena Heikkilä, Timo Ronkainen, Michael Hoeltzel, Dale Clevenger and Hermann Baumann. In the years 1990-92 Tapani played in the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and 1992-95 in the Symphony Orchestra of the Swedish Radio. From 1995-2007 he was engaged in the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Tapani has also played since 1986 in Avanti! Chamber Orchestra specializing in modern music. From 2007 Esa Tapani is professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main.

Esa Tapani was awarded the first prize in the Nordic horn competition 1989. There after he has been active as chamber musician and soloist. The repertoire of Tapani consists of the core of the horn music library and he is especially interested in music of our time. Tapani has been in close cooperation with several Finnish composers, a living discussion between composer and performer has an important role in the artist's person of Esa Tapani. Tapani plays also period instruments like natural horn and baroque horn. According to Tapani, the starting point for musical interpretation is, however, the personality of the performer. 

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.


Jana Goliášová

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.


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.

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.


Technical and organizational requests:

Tereza Kramplová
Výkonná ředitelka festivalu Za poklady Broumovska

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Educational and cultural centre Broumov Monastery

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