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Stefan Dohr studied in Essen and Cologne and started his professional career at the age of 19 as principal horn of the Frankfurt Opera. He occupied the same position with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice and the Deutschen-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Stefan Dohr has been the principal horn of the Berlin Philharmonic since 1993. As a soloist Stefan Dohr has worked with many celebrated conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Bernhard Haitink, Christian Thielemann, Ingo Metzmacher and Daniel Harding as well as Claudio Abbado. His engagements as a sought after chamber musician include performances with his Philharmonic colleagues in various ensembles as well as with partners such as Maurizio Pollini, Lars Vogt, Kolja Blacher and Ian Bostridge. He is also a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Octet as well as the Ensemble Wien-Berlin. Stefan Dohr appears regularly in international chamber music festivals and is invited to give master classes throughout the world.  As well as the solo-repertoire of the classic and romantic period such as the horn concertos of Mozart, Haydn and Strauss ,Stefan Dohr's interest also lies in works by contemporary composers such as Ligeti, Knussen and Kirchner. He has had a number of pieces composed for him, such as the 'Montafon' concerto by Herbert Willi (2008), Johannes Wallmann (2010), Toshio Hosokawa (2011) and a new Horn Concerto dedicated to him by Wolfgang Rihm in 2014.

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    In praise of … Stefan Dohr
    2011-02-23 The Guardian, London
    "(...) During the Berliners' concerts this week, for example, it has been hard to miss the imposing artistic presence of the orchestra'sprincipal horn player, Stefan Dohr, whose range of expression, stentorian and seductive by turns, was one of the stand-out contributions to the Mahler Fourth Symphony on Monday. Last night Mr Dohr left his usual seat and came to the front of the stage as soloist in Toshio Hosokawa's horn concerto, dedicated to him and premiered in Berlin earlier this month, a work in which the horn is asked to sound like a lotus flower floating on a pond. Tonight Mr Dohr will be back in the engine room leading an even larger horn section in the imposing launch of Mahler's Third Symphony. (...)"
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