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Willy Bessems

Willy Bessems (1964) has taught Horn at Conservatorium Maastricht since 1993. During his studies with Hub Crüts and Professor Erich Penzel (which he completed cum laude), he was personally selected by Sergiu Celibedache to be the Principal Hornist for Bruckner’s 4th Symphony during the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival. This led to engagements with the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester under Franz Welser-Möst and as substitute solo hornist with the Philharmonie Essen from 1989 to 1991 and with the Gürzenich-Orchester Köln from 1991. As a result of this he has worked with conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Paavo Berglund, Dimitry Kitaenko, Markus Stenz and Gustavo Dudamel.

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Will Sanders

Will Sanders (born 1965) has taught Horn at Conservatorium Maastricht since 1995. In addition, he teaches at the University of Music Karlsruhe (Germany) and is a member of the educational team of the Junge Deutsche Philharmonie and the National Youth Orchestra of Germany. He gives masterclasses and workshops worldwide.

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General admission requirements

Specific admission requirements Horn

    • all major and minor scales and accompanying triads
    • ability to demonstrate the above using different playing styles

    Two etudes of contrasting character, choice of:

    • C. Kopprasch : Volume 1 or Volume 2
    • B. Müller : Volume 1 or Volume 2
    • G. Schüller : Studies for Unaccompanied Horn

    Recital pieces
    Two recital pieces/sonatas of contrasting character, choice of:

    • W.A. Mozart :Horn concert no. 1 or 3
    • F. Strauss :Theme and variations, opus 13
    • C. Saint-Saëns :Morceau de concert
    • B. Kroll :Laudiatio for horn solo
    • O. Ketting :Intradada for horn solo