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    McDonald, Hector (1953-Present)

    He is a horn player and teacher born in Toowoomba, Australia, who began playing various brass instruments since he was 9 years old.  When he was 18 he decided to concentrate on the French horn.  He took his musical studies at the Sydney Conservatorium.


    After his studies in Sydney he became a member of the RAAF Band and the ABC Training Orchestra and since then has also performed with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and the Sydney Opera Orchestra.  He followed this in 1976 by joining the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in Germany and later the Germany Symphony Orchestra Berlin.


    He stayed in Germany until 1980 when he started working as a teacher back home in Australia at the Canberra School of Music. 


    He remained there for 9 years before going to Austria and becoming Principal Horn with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and also took up the same position with Concentus Musicus Wien.  In addition, he has performed at many national and international music festivals as a soloist, chamber or orchestral musician.


    He continued his work in musical education when he became Professor of Horn at the Graz University of Music and the Performing Arts and has since held countless national and international workshops.


    As a solo performer, on various types of horn, he has joined several major national and international orchestras and this work, along with his work as a chamber and orchestral musician, has seen him recording many CDs such as his own Horn Concertos with the Academy of Melbourne as well as Elena Cats-Chernin: Chamber of Horrors, Andrew Ford: Harbour, Fresh Mowed Lawn, Horns Trios, Mozart: Sinonia concertante in Ef; Weber: Concertino for horn in Em and Schubert: The Complete Secular Choral Works by the Arnold Schoenberg Choir long with several others.


    In 2010 he was honoured in Brisbane, Australia, when he was the recipient of the HIS workshop’s Punto Award.



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    4. http://www.hornarama.com/Hector-McDonald(607125).htm
    5. http://musicavivafestival.com/artists/hector_mcdonald/
    6. http://www.allmusic.com/album/horn-concertos-mw0001827427
    7. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/hector-mcdonald-mn0002158014/credits









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