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Stefan Dohr

Born in Münster

Member since 1993-09-01


Orchestra Board (since 2009)

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Stefan Dohr

Principal Horn

»I never imagined I’d some day be playing with the Berliner Philharmoniker. I only auditioned because I didn’t want to pass up this unique opportunity and later regret not having at least given it a try. This orchestra means a great deal to me: not only collaborating with the conductor in the preparation and performance of a piece but also the special role of the principal horn. He is, on the one hand, a sort of intermediary between the instrumental sections, on the other hand, for example in Mahler and Bruckner symphonies, a great soloist.«

Originally Stefan Dohr learned to play the viola. One day he was given a hunting horn, and, after hearing a concert by the famous horn player Hermann Baumann, he came to the conclusion: »That horn sounds better than my viola!« After studying in Essen and Cologne he became principal horn of the Frankfurt Opera and Museum Orchestra, and engagements followed with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester of Berlin before, in 1993, he finally became a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker. As a soloist he has collaborated with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Bernard Haitink, Christian Thielemann, Ingo Metzmacher and Claudio Abbado.

Along with the Classical and Romantic horn repertoire, he is also interested in contemporary works by Ligeti, Knussen and Kirchner. In March 2008 in the Vienna Musikverein, he gave the premiere of the horn concerto written for him by Herbert Willi. Another of his central preoccupations is chamber music, in which he appears not only in various ensembles with his Philharmonic colleagues but also with Maurizio Pollini, Lars Vogt, Kolja Blacher and Ian Bostridge. In addition, he is a member of the Ensemble Wien-Berlin. Stefan Dohr, who prefers to spend his free time in his family circle, teaches as a visiting professor at Berlin’s Hanns Eisler Musikhochschule and in the Philharmonic’s Orchestra Academy.

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