Our Leader - Christopher Horner

Christopher Horner

Christopher Horner is a very fine violinist and musician of  wide experience and broad outlook. He has a good sense of communication when performing. His violin playing evinces a serious and sincere musicianship and a well-founded technique which result in performances of intelligence and musical  integrity.” Hugh Bean CBE

 

“Towering challenge of technical virtuosity met with an admirable artistry. Impressive…moods of tenderness, nostalgia, mystery, fun and frolic conveyed in generous measure leaving us certainly wanting more.”  Western Mail Cardiff



 

A violinist of intellect and distinction.” Peter Esswood, Cellist and Chairman of ESTA 2002-2004

 

“The gyrations of a bird in flight were skilfully depicted by violinist Christopher Horner in The Lark Ascending”  Gloucestershire Echo

 

I and my Lithuanian colleagues were particularly taken with your brilliant playing of the sonata for violin and piano by Juozas Gruodis. You have masterfully solved all its problems. Your interpretation was not only technically flawless but also very interesting and convincing”  Algirdas Ambrazas Ethnomusicologist and Professor at the Lithuanian Academy of Music 

  

Christopher Horner was born in London and studied violin at the Centre for Young Musicians, Pimlico with Deryck Wareing, Henry Rubin and Eva Graubin. He furthered his studies with Eva Graubin whilst a student at the Royal Academy of Music, Surrey University and as a postgraduate in Barcelona. He has also received coaching advice from Hugh Bean.

 

Christopher Horner has played as a recitalist, chamber musician and freelancer throughout the UK, Europe and Southern Africa where he has broadcast on SABC TV. Pianists with whom he works include John Lenehan, Richard Ormrod and Peter O’Hagan.  He has worked extensively as a member of many chamber and symphony orchestras. Chamber ensembles  include the PM Ensemble Cardiff and the contemporary music group Soundwaves, Durban, South Africa.

 

He performs a wide-ranging repertoire and over the last few years has given the UK premiѐres of the works for violin and piano by the Lithuanian composer Juozas Gruodis (1884-1948) whose compositions remain virtually unknown outside his native country.In In 2004, in recognition of his advocacy of Gruodis, he had the distinction of being invited by the Lithuanian Academy of Music in Vilnius to give a recital with pianist Zoe Smith which attracted much praise from authorities on the composer. He was invited to teach at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in 1999, subsequently becoming Deputy Head of Strings the following year. He left the post in 2009 in order to return full-time to his playing career. He teaches violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Junior Department, at Haberdashers Monmouth School for Girls, Monmouth School and privately.

 

In 2015 he will be giving recitals and concerto performances and teaching violin and chamber music at the LMFL Summer Schools in Llandovery and Valbonne, France. He is in increasing demand as an adjudicator at competitions and festivals in the UK and overseas. His edition of the Gruodis and Banaitis violin and piano sonatas is being issued later this year by the Lithuanian Music and Information Publishing Centre.

 

His CD of the Works for Violin and Piano by Juozas Gruodis with pianist John Lenehan was released in November 2014 and is available on the Discovery Music and Vision and amazon websites via the following  links  http://www.discoverymusicandvision.com/cddetail.php?cat_number=DMV113  

and  

http://www.amazon.co.uk/ -Violin-Piano-Christopher-Horner/dp/B00PHE8UD8/ref=...  

 

CONCERTO REPERTOIRE

BACH
Concerto No 1 in a minor
Concerto No 2 in E major

BEETHOVEN
Concerto in D major Op.61

BRUCH
Concerto in g minor Op.26

GLAZUNOV
Concerto in a minor

HAYDN
Concerto in G major

KHACHATURIAN
Concerto 

MENDELSSOHN
Concerto in e minor Op.64

MOZART
Concerto No 3 in G major K.216
Concerto No 4 in D major K.218
Concerto No 5 in A major K.219

PROKOVIEV
Concerto No2 in g minor

STAMITZ
Concerto in B flat major

TCHAIKOVSKY
Concerto in D major Op.35

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
The Lark Ascending

VIOTTI
Concerto No 22 in a minor

 

RECITAL WORKS

BACH
Sonatas for violin and keyboard
Six Sonatas and Partitas  for Solo Violin

BEETHOVEN
Sonatas for violin and piano
No1 Op.12
No 3 Op.12
Op.23
Op.24
Op30 No2
Op30 No3

BERKELEY
Sonatina and Toccata

BRAHMS
Sonata Op.78 in G major
Sonata Op.100 in A major
Sonata Op.108 in d minor

ELGAR
Sonata

FALLA
Suite Populaire Espagnole

FAURE
Sonata in A major

FRANCK
Sonata in A major HANDEL
Six sonatas for violin and keyboard

GRUODIS
Sonata in d minor
Song of the Sea,

A la Chopin

Oriental Dance and Waltz

MESSIAEN
Theme and Variations

PROKOVIEV
Five Melodies and Sonata for solo violin Op 115

RAVEL
Sonata in G major
Sonate Posthume

RODRIGO
Sonata Pimpante
Capriccio for solo violin
Serenade to the Dawn for violin and guitar

SCHUBERT
3 Sonatinas and Duo sonata in A major Op 162
STRAVINSKY
Suite Italienne

TCHAIKOVSKY
Meditation, Scherzo and Melody

TURINA
 Sonata No1 in d minor Op51
Sonata No2 “Española” Op.82

VIVALDI
Sonatas in A major and g minor

YSAŸE
Sonatas No1 in g minor
No3 in d minor for solo violin

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