Darryl Poulsen – horn

Darryl Poulsen has held principal horn positions in European and Australian orchestras and performed throughout Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Australia. As a soloist, he has toured nationally with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, and internationally with the Australian ChamberOrchestra, as well as occupying the position of principal horn in the latter orchestra for many years. Darryl Poulsen has commissioned numerous new works for horn, had works written especially for him, and given numerous première performances. He is also committed to historically informed early music performance, playing baroque and classical natural horns, as well as the romantic horn. As a player of historical natural horns, he has performed and recorded as principal horn and soloist with The Joshua Rifken New York Bach Ensemble, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Ton Koopman, Andreas Scholl, Anthony Halstead, Bart Van Oort, Cantus Cölln and the Syrius Ensemble Sydney. His research into classical hand-horn playing has resulted in the publication of the first English translation of the Méthode de premier et desecond cor by Heinrich Domnich, the most important primary source on the history of classical hand-horn playing. As a teacher, Darryl Poulsen has given master classes throughout Australia, Sweden and Asia and the United States of America. He attracted horn students to his class at The University of Western Australia from every major Australian city, Singapore, Switzerland, Moldova and the United States. Anumber of his students can now be found in Australian and European professional symphony, opera and ballet orchestras. Darryl Poulsen has formerly held the positions of Professor and Head of the School of Arts at the University of New England, Winthrop Professor of Music and Head of the School of Music at The University of Western Australia, and Professor of Music, Associate Dean (Academic) at the Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney. He graduated with distinction from the Conservatoria of Luxembourg, and Liège, Belgium in the horn classes of Professor Francis Orval, and holds the degrees of Doctor of Music and Master of Music from The University of Western Australia.