The winner of the 2012 Northeast Horn Solo Competition, Egyptian hornist Amr Selim is quickly establishing a reputation as one of today’s foremost horn players.
The winner of the 2012 Northeast Horn Solo Competition, Egyptian hornist Amr Selim is quickly establishing a reputation as one of today’s foremost horn players. Having started playing the Horn at the age of eleven, won his first job only five years later at the age of sixteen with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra –being the youngest member to ever join the symphony. He has also served as Guest Principal Horn with Amman Symphony Orchestra, National Algerian Orchestra, Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra and Symphony of the Americas in Florida under the batons of renowned conductors: Daniel Barenboim, Frank Shipway, Christopher Muller, Ingo Metzmacher, Gunther Schuller among many others.
Amr has toured as a soloist, chamber musician and teacher throughout Europe, and across the Middle East, Asia and United States. As an active chamber musician, and winner of the Ackerman and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture chamber music competitions, he is a founding member of ViaTrio, a one of a kind Horn trio with Turkish violinist Yanki Karatas and Canadian pianist Xin Ben Yu. Dedicated to new music and working with living composers, he is currently working on a recording project with Jazz Vibraphonist and composer Eldad Tarmu to be released in 2015. Amr is also a founding member of Gadayel Duo with his wife; pianist Seba Ali with recent performances at Santa Clara University, Silicon Valley Music Festival, Lincoln Center, and Kaufman Center in New York City. Mr. Selim has appeared as a soloist with Burlington Chamber Orchestra, Gracias Symphony Orchestra, Cairo Conservatory Orchestra, Bibliotheca Alexandria Orchestra when he gave the Egyptian premier of the Gordon Jacob Horn Concerto, Stony Brook Symphony Orchestra and Stony Brook Wind Ensemble when he gave the world premier of composer Peter Winkler’s Elegy for Horn and Wind ensemble. His performances have been broadcast on Deutsche Welle, WHSU and New York’s Classical Music Radio WQXR.
As an educator, Amr Selim is the horn professor at Adelphi University, Mahanaim Conservatory, and Director of Chamber Ensemble at the Knox School and has given masterclasses across the U.S. Asia, and the Middle East. He also serves as horn faculty for the undergraduate music department at Stony Brook University as well as a Chamber Music Coach for its Pre-College Division.
Along with the masterpieces of the 18th through 20th centuries, Amr is constantly inspired by works composed in our time and enjoys working with living composers; having premiered many works by European, Middle Eastern and American composers. He recently finished his etude book titled “Vocalizing the Horn; A pedagogical approach to interpreting Arab vocal music on the horn”.
Amr Selim Holds a Bachelor of Music from Cairo Conservatory, a Professional Performance Certificate from Lynn Conservatory as a Dean Scholar, and as a recipient of the prestigious Staller Scholar Award he holds a Master’s of Music from Stony Brook University and is in the final stages of his Doctor of Music Arts degree.You can view Amr Selim’s work at amrselimhorn.com.
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