Horn

Nicholas Korth, “subtlest of first horns”, has held the position of Co-principal Horn with the BBC Symphony Orchestra since 2000. In this capacity he has performed in many ‘Prom’ concerts at the Royal Albert Hall (including several first and last nights), toured throughout the world and been involved in numerous radio and TV broadcasts. Recent highlights include the obligato horn part in Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, in Tokyo’s Suntory Hall under Oramo, and Fourth Symphony at the Proms and the Edinburgh Festival under Bychkov.

He lives in Hertfordshire with violinist Deborah Schlenther and their two children.

“[Strauss’ Till Eulenspiegel was] led by Nicholas Korth’s flawless horn jackanapes with bells on…”

David Nice, Arts Desk

Nicholas appears regularly as guest principal horn with many of Britain’s major orchestras and chamber ensembles and is active on the London film session scene.

As a member of the London Conchord Ensemble he has performed much of his own music, recorded extensively and toured in the USA and Europe, playing in venues such as the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and London’s Wigmore Hall.

He first had lessons with his mentor, the distinguished horn soloist Ifor James, at the age of eleven. Four years later he joined Ifor in Germany for a further five years study at the Musikhochschule in Freiburg. He has also worked in Norway as a member of the Oslo Philharmonic under Marriss Jansons in the early nineties, and was Principal Horn of the Royal Ballet Sinfonia from 1997 to 2000.

As a composer, Nicholas has a fascination with the world of natural harmony. This is reflected in his series of compositions, Harmoniae Naturales, which feature the extraordinary sounds of overtone singing.

“special honors go to first horn Nicholas Korth [of the BBC Symphony Orchestra] for ‘alp-horning’ the great solo across the chasms in the finale [of Brahm’s first symphony] so peerlessly…”

David Nice, Arts Desk

“Some lovely contributions from principal horn Nicholas Korth were notable – he was consistently excellent throughout, in fact.”

Proms review of Mahler’s 4th Symphony by Colin Clarke, Seen and Heard International