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Schmitz, Hochwimmer, Draxinger, Dengler

Schmitz, Hochwimmer, Draxinger, Dengler

Rainer Schmitz, Maximilian Hochwimmer, Franz Draxinger, Johannes Dengler (starting from the left)

B108084   B 108 084
Audi Jugendchorakademie, Munich Opera Horns, Kent Nagano
B108072   B 108 072
Munich Opera Horns "Fan Faire"
S108061   S 108 061
Schumann, Wagner, Strauss - K. Nagano
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Johannes Dengler
descends from a family of musicians. He studied the French horn under Josef Crump, Karl Kolbinger, and Johannes Ritzkowsky. He has been principal horn player of the Bavarian State Orchestra since 1993. He is especially active as a soloist and player of chamber music, particularly as a member of the Munich Horn Trio, with Markus Wolf and Julian Riem. He often makes guest appearances with elite European orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra in Rome. In 1999 Johannes Dengler was awarded the Culture Prize of the city of Traunstein, and in 2004 he was awarded the honorary Bavarian title of “Kammervirtuoso”. ...more

Franz Draxinger Born in the Bavarian town of Waldkirchen in 1964, Franz Draxinger studied the French horn under Siegfried Hammer at the Musikhochschule in Munich, and chamber music under Karl Kolbinger. He gained a permanent position as French horn player in the Munich Radio Orchestra in 1987, becoming their associate principal player in 1994. In 2005 he transferred to the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and since 2007 he has been associate principal horn player in the Bavarian State Orchestra. Franz Draxinger is a great devotee of chamber music, and as a member of the Arcis Quintet he has won several international prizes. For many years he has occupied himself with historical performance practice and the natural horn which he plays in such orchestras as the Stuttgart Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Köln and the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble.

Rainer Schmitz was born into a family of musicians and studied the French horn at the Munich Musikhochschule under his father, Professor Otto Schmitz. He has been a member of the Bavarian State Orchestra as a high French horn player since 1981. He is a member of several French horn ensembles: The French Horn Soloists of the Bavarian State Orchestra and also the KKISS Quintet of the same orchestra, OperaBrass – the Brass Ensemble of the Bavarian State Orchestra, as well as the parforce horn ensemble musica antiqua da caccia. As executive of the Musikalische Akademie (the concert association) of the Bavarian State Orchestra, he is both founder and director of ATTACCA, the youth orchestra of the Bavarian State Orchestra.

Maximilian Hochwimmer was born in 1966 in Griesbach, Bavaria, and studied French horn under Professor Otto Schmitz at the Munich Musikhochschule. He has been a member of the Bavarian State Orchestra, playing second horn since 1992. In addition he is a member of the Chamber Music Ensemble of the Bavarian State Orchestra. His guest appearances in such renowned orchestras as the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the orchestra of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin, and the orchestra of the Teatro la Fenice in Venice take him from one centre of music to another, both at home and abroad.  Another focal point of his activities is the artistic education of the next generation of musicians. In 2004 he was distinguished with the German honorific title of Bavarian “Kammermusiker”.