Artists & Special Presenters

The 2024 Southeast Horn Workshop featured artists will include Richard Deane and Victoria Knudtson, plus a special concert by UGA’s British Brass Band, conducted by Phil Smith, former principal trumpet, New York Philharmonic. Special presenters include Martin Hackleman and the Cortado Horn Quartet.

Richard Deane joined the New York Philharmonic as Associate Principal Horn in September 2014. Previously, he served as third horn of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 1987, participating in more than 80 recordings, including 20 Grammy Award winners, for Telarc International. He also performed with the Atlanta Chamber Players and was a member of the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet, with which he toured Norway as part of the Olympic cultural exchange between Lillehammer and Atlanta. Deane has also served as principal horn with the Colorado Philharmonic and the Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, and in 1987 he earned first prize in the American Horn Competition.

In May 1999, Deane was a featured artist at the International Horn Society Convention held at the University of Georgia in Athens. In addition to teaching master classes at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music, Georgia State University, Cleveland State University, and Eastern Kentucky University, he was visiting professor of horn at the University of Georgia from 2006 to 2014. He serves as principal horn of the Brevard Music Festival in North Carolina each summer. His article “The Third Horn Brahms Experience” was published in the spring 2007 edition of The Horn Call, the journal of the International Horn Society, and his first method book, The Efficient Approach: Accelerated Development for the Horn, was published by the Atlanta Brass Society Press.

A native of Richmond, Kentucky, Richard Deane began his horn studies with Stanley Lawson. He received a master of music degree from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Myron Bloom, and a bachelor of music degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Michael Hatfield. His other teachers have included Jerry Peel at the University of Miami and David Wakefield at the Aspen Music Festival and School.

Photo courtesy of Andrew Kist, Brooklyn, New York.

Victoria Knudtson

Victoria Knudtson is currently serving as the Assistant Principal/Utility Horn of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Born to a pianist mother and singer father, Knudtson found her artistic voice on the horn when she was 16 years old after a coincidental meeting with her first teacher, Wayne Lu.

In 2014, Knudtson began studying with Jeff Nelsen at Indiana University. Thanks to the horn department at the Jacobs School of Music, she also benefited from the orchestral pedagogy of Dale Clevenger and studied early music performance on the natural horn with Richard Seraphinoff. During her undergrad, Knudtson also spent six months in Vienna, Austria, studying the quintessential and historic style of Vienna horn-playing.

In March 2018, Knudtson joined the St. Louis Brass (a quintet started in 1964 by then-members of the SLSO) and toured around the country with them until they disbanded during the 2020 lockdown. Knudtson began an artist diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music under Jennifer Montone and Jeffrey Lang before acquiring the position with the SLSO in September 2019.

As a soloist, Knudtson performed with the Indiana University Symphony Orchestra and the Yale New Music Ensemble, and frequently appeared in recitals on the Curtis stage.

Knudtson was a horn fellow of the at the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan with music director Valery Gergiev in 2018 and the Boston Symphony’s Tanglewood Music Center in 2019.

Knudtson continues to perform as a guest musician with the renowned all-women’s brass quintet, Seraph Brass, and regularly performs both as a soloist and in chamber groups with the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis, the Ariel Concert Series, and the Live at the Pulitzer series. She ardently enjoys collaborating with composers and performing new music, especially with friends. Knudtson plays a leader/teacher role in the St. Louis Symphony’s Peer-to-Peer program and serves as a faculty member at Heartland Horn Camp in Carol, Iowa.

When not on stage or in the practice room, Knudtson is an avid Latin dancer in the styles of salsa, bachata, and Brazilian Zouk, and enjoys getting outside to garden or go for walks in St. Louis’s beautiful green spaces.

Martin Hackleman

Join renowned performer and pedagogue Martin Hackleman for a masterclass exploring his “Playing Together But Not at the Same Time” method to improve excerpt preparation beyond “Practice, Pray, Repeat.&rdauo; The class will begin with brief personal history and philosophy which lead to the development of this method. Hackleman explains,

“When we collaboratively explore solo pieces with another player aiming to create a single line together, we become more sensitive. We are more active and reactive, more lithe, flexible, and creative. We also become a much better team player when we are constantly having to switch from leading to following and back. Of course, both players have the common goal of making one cohesive rendition of our piece, but we are accomplishing this with two streams of cooperating thought. We are learning from one another, which requires a great deal of concentration, awareness, and mental flexibility.”

A demonstration will be followed by Q&A.

Martin Hackleman most recently served as Artist in Residence and Associate Teaching Professor of Horn at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He was principal horn of the National Symphony in Washington, D.C., the Montreal Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, and the Calgary Philharmonic, and played with Canadian Brass, Empire Brass, All Star Brass, Summit Brass, and Washington Symphonic Brass. Several of his etude books and arrangements are available through LHE Publications at Legacy Horn Experience.

Cortado Horn Quartet

While the name “Four Great Friends who Love the Horn, are all Horn Professors at Different Universities in the US, enjoy Playing Together and, well… Coffee is a Good Thing, too–Quartet’ perfectly describes this group of accomplished musicians, “Cortado Quartet” seemed much easier to remember (and perhaps a bit more marketable). Anne Marie Cherry (Columbus State University), Lanette Compton (Oklahoma State University), Patrick Hughes (The University of Texas at Austin) and James Naigus (University of Georgia) joined forces in the fall of 2021 with the initial “spark” to showcase the 2021 publication of Kerry Turner’s Introduction and Main Event for Horn Quartet and Wind Ensemble. And since then, developing a unique curriculum that combines their gifts and talents, they have been presenting caffeinated educational and entertaining clinics and performances to young horn players across the US.