“Forty-four years ago, I was surprised and overwhelmed to be chosen by the Berliner Philharmoniker and Herbert von Karajan to join this unique orchestra and become part of this fantastic horn section,” Stefan de Leval Jezierski recalls. It had been a great privilege to perform with the best musicians over all these years. The horn player was grateful and somewhat wistful as he was bid farewell by his colleagues on his retirement in front of the audience after the concert on 26 February 2022. Klaus Wallendorf, former horn player and house poet of the Berliner Philharmoniker, paid tribute to the retiring musician in a witty poem: his wonderful tone, his creative power and his strong nerves were an example to follow.
The Boston-born Stefan de Leval Jezierski studied at the North Carolina School of Arts and under Myron Bloom at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Even during his studies, he took part in concerts and tours with the Cleveland Orchestra. Before joining the Berliner Philharmoniker as high horn player in 1978, he was principal horn of the the Staatstheater Kassel for two years. The musician is one of the founding members of the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin. “Dear colleagues,” Stefan de Leval Jezierski addressed the orchestra at the end of his farewell, “enjoy your time with the Berliner Philharmoniker! It goes by far too quickly”.