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Stef van Herten


French horn player Stef van Herten has held the position of Second Horn in the Frankfurt Opera and Museums Orchestra since 2011. Born in Herten, The Netherlands, Stef first learned the trumpet before switching to the horn and studied at the conservatory of Maastricht with Prof. Willy Bessems, Prof. Will Sanders and Prof. Erich Penzel and played master classes with Marie-Luise Neunecker, Wolgang Gaag, Peter Damm, Cristian Lampert, Markus Maskuniity, Jakob Slagter and Dale Clavenger. He was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Stef’s first engagements in Germany took him to the Symphony Orchestra of Münster, the Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck and to the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker Krefeld / Mönchengladbach. From 2007-2010 he was a fixed member of the Philharmonic Orchestra Würzburg, in 2009 the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana, and the Nürnberg-Philharmonic from 2010-2011. With the Frankfurt Opera and Museums Orchestra Stef has recorded upwards of 25 operas and symphonic works on Cd and DVD. He has also played as a guest with the Royal Concertgebouworchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, Dresden Staatskapelle, The Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne and the Hessischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra Frankfurt, with conductors such as Lorin Maazel, Zubin Metha, Christian Thielemann, Herbert Blomstedt, Sebastian Weigle, Jaap van Zweden, Daniele Gatti, Ivan Fischer, Fabio Luisi, Eliahu Inbal and Mark Wigglesworth. Solo engagements have included Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro Op. 70 with the Philharmonic Orchestra Würzburg, the Hayden Double horn concerto and the Telemann suite in F major with the Kammerorchester Frankfurter Solisten and many chamber concerts with ensembles in the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary and Hong Kong. Since 2015 Stef has taught at the University for Music in Mainz.

Last updated: Jul 2019