Norddeutsche Horntage 2018

9 -14 September 2018 | Landesmusikakademie Wolfenbüttel


The organization is happy to present the following teachers:

Frøydis Ree Wekre - Norwegian Academy of Music

Frøydis Ree Wekre was born in Oslo, Norway. Her mother was a pianist and her father an amateur violin player. She started very early to learn piano and violin, and then turned to horn at the age of 17. Outside of Oslo, her studies have taken place in Sweden, Russia and USA.

After being a prize winner in a national competition for wind players she was offered the position of co-principal horn of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1965, a position she left in 1990.

From 1991 until this year Ms. Wekre was Professor of Horn and Chamber Music at the Norwegian Academy of Music. In addition, she has had an active career worldwide giving master classes, performing, lecturing and adjudicating international competitions.

Her book, “Thoughts on Playing the Horn well” has been translated into several languages. Numerous composers have written works for her, some of which have been recorded on the labels of SIMAX, CRYSTAL and 2L.

Frøydis Ree Wekre is an Honorary Member of the International Horn Society since 1994, and she has been associated with the Sarasota Music Festival, USA, Banff Festival of the Arts and Domaine Forget, Canada.

In 2018, Froydis will be a jury member of the Aeolus Horncompetition in Düsseldorf.

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Prof. Thomas Hauschild - Musikhochschule Leipzig (Germany)

Thomas Hauschild was born in 1964 in Greiz, Thuringen, 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.


Prof. Christian Lampert - Musikhochschule Stuttgart und Basel

Christian Lampert received his French horn training from Francesco Raselli in Basel, Mahir Cakar in Stuttgart, and Professor Erich Penzel in Cologne. He already in his younger years received a scholarship from the German National Academic Foundation, and was a prize winner at various national and international competitions, including the International Instrumental Competition in Markneukirchen, and the German Music Competition in Bonn.

Christian Lampert gained his first orchestral experience in the German National Youth Orchestra, the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie, and the European Community Youth Orchestra. He was later appointed solo French horn player with the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, the Radio Symphony Orchestra in Frankfurt, and the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra.
In addition to his solo activities, Christian Lampert is a great proponent of chamber music, and has appeared with a number of renowned ensembles, including Hr-Brass, German Brass, Linos Ensemble, Ensemble Villa Musica, and the Avalon Brass Quintet.

Since 2004, he holds full-time positions as French horn professor at the conservatories in Basel and Stuttgart.


Prof. Markus Maskuniitty - Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover

Finnish born Markus Maskuniitty studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and played principal French horn with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1994 he became principal French horn with the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and held the same position at the Berliner Philharmoniker from 1997 to 1999.

Markus Maskuniitty was voted “Brass player of the year” in Finland in 1992. He has won prizes at several international soloist competitions, including the international French horn competition in Markneukirchen in 1991 and the ARD-Wettbewerb in Munich in 1994. Markus Maskuniitty is a Solo-Hornplayer at the the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra abd has held a professorship in the French horn at the Academy of Music in Hannover, Germany since 2000.


Prof. Paul van Zelm - Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln/Solohorn WDR Symphonieorchester Köln

Paul van Zelm studied horn and natural horn with Adriaan van Woudenberg in Amsterdam and with Hermann Baumann in Essen, Germany. Even before he finished his studies, he played in several orchestras under conductors such as Eugen Jochum, Claudio Abbado and Leonard Bernstein. His first engagement was with the WDR Symphoy Orchestra. In 1993, he became first solo horn with the Düsseldorf Symphonic. In 1994 he was appointed first solo horn with the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic. In 2007, he returned to the WDR Symphony Orchestra, where he is now principal horn.

Paul van Zelm was a long-time member of the Amsterdam Bach Soloists and the Netherlands Wind Ensemble. He appeared as a soloist with some of the leading Dutch symphony orchestras as well as the WDR Symphony Orchestra. He is often invited to play in other European countries and in the U.S.A., South America and Japan.

In 1999, Paul van Zelm was appointed Professor at the Musikhochschule in Cologne.

Paul van Zelm

Ralph Ficker - Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg/ Musikhochschule Aachen & Hannover

Ralph Ficker was born in 1984 in the Netherlands. He completed his studies at the Maastricht Academy of Music under Will Sanders and Willy Bessems. In addition, he had lessons with Professor Markus Maskunity in Hannover. During his studies, he was a member of the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Following an internship with the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, and a fixed-term contract with the Lower Rhine Symphony Orchestra of Mönchengladbach-Krefeld, he was awarded a tenured position as 2nd horn player in the Lower Saxony State Orchestra of Hannover. Since 2011 he is 2nd Horn player in the State Opera of Hamburg/Philharmonic State Orchestra of Hamburg. He also teaches Horn at the Hochschule für Musik Theater und Medien in Hannover. In addition, he has participated in projects with the NDR Symphony Orchestra Hamburg, the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin, the NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra Hannover, the Bavarian State Orchestra Munich, and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam.

Since October 2016 Ralph Ficker is a french horn teacher at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz in Aachen, in collaboration with Professor Paul van Zelm and the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln.


Ikuko Odai - Piano

Ikuko Odai begann ihr Klavierstudium an der Toho-Gakuen Musikhochschule. Danach absolvierte sie ein künstlerlisches Aufbaustudium in den Fächern Klavier, Klavierduo, sowie Liedbegleitung an der Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Stuttgart bei Prof. Konrad Richter und Hans-Peter Stenzl.

Sie gewann mehrfach Preise bei Internationalen Wettbewerben im Fach Klavierduo, z. B. einen 1. Preis beim 11. Internationalen Kammermusikwettbewerb “Provincia di Caltanisetta” in Italien und den Schubertpreis beim 19. Internationalen Schubertwettbewerb Jesenik in Tschechien. Außerdem wurde Sie als “beste Klavieregleiterin” beim Internationalen Musikwettbewerb in Markneukirchen und beim Kurpinski-Klarinettenwettbewerb in Polen ausgezeichnet.

Seit 1992 ist sie Instrumental-Korrepetitorin an der Hochschule für Musik ”Hanns-Eisler” in Berlin. Daneben ist Ikuko Odai auch regelmäßig als Klavierbegleiterin bei großen internationalen Wettbewerbne, wie dem ARD Wettbewerb München, dem Instrumentalwettbewerb Markneukirchen und dem Deutschen Musikwettbewerb tätig.

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Dinka-Migic-Vlatkovic - Mental Coach

Dinka Migić-Vlatković was born in Zagreb, Croatia and currently resides in Austria. She played violin in youth orchestras and graduated from the music school Blagoje Bersa in Zagreb. After studying psychology, she deepened her knowledge at the Paracelsus School in Germany, where she trained as a systemic consultant and family therapist. Besides her work in journalism and arts management, she turned her attention increasingly to lecturing and consultancy work. She specialised as a mental coach and trainer for musicians, teachers and professors. Dinka is also a licensed Burnout and Stress Management Consultant and operates worldwide, including the USA, Sweden, Venezuela, Austria and Croatia.