Kerry Turner

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Kerry Turner (born October 16, 1960) is an American composer and horn player. Turner is a recognized name in the horn and brass industry. Turner’s major ensembles with whom he performs include the American Horn Quartet, the Virtuoso Horn Duo, and the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra.[1] Turner has performed internationally as a soloist and clinician.[2] Turner also sings tenor in a semi-professional octet.[1]


Kerry Turner at age 11 won the San Antonio Music Society Composition Competition. At age 17, Turner was awarded a scholarship to attend Baylor University after winning the Baylor composition contest[3] Turner transferred to the Manhattan School of Music and received a Fulbright scholarship to study with Hermann Baumann at the Stuttgart College of Music and Performing Arts upon graduation.[3] He placed 5th at the Geneva International Horn Competition and won the Bronze Medal at the 39th Prague Spring International Music Competition.[4] In 1983, Turner assumed the position of Principal Horn of the Gürzenich Orchester, Cologne. In 1985, Turner joined the Radio-Tele-Luxembourg Symphony Orchestra as well as the American Horn Quartet.[4]

Turner’s works for horn in combination with virtually every genre of chamber music continue to be heard around the world. He has been commissioned by many organizations, including the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Japanese Horn Ensemble, and the Richmond, Virginia Chamber Music Society. His works have been awarded top prizes at the International Horn Society Composition Contest as well as the IBLA Foundation.[5] Kerry Turner received the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund from the International Horn Society in 1993 to compose Six Lives of Jack McBride for horn, violin, tenor voice, and piano and again in 2004 to compose Scorpion in the Sand for horn, cello, and piano.[6]

Turner's Quartet Nr. 1 won first prize in the International Horn Society's composition contest.[3] Quartet Nr. 3 was awarded a prize in the International Horn Society composition contest in 1996.[7] The Freden International Music Festival in Germany commissioned Turner to compose a brass quintet titled Ricochet,[8] which become one of Turner's most successful works.

Several notable commissions include the U.S. Air Force "Heritage of America" band (Postcards from Lucca), the Alexander Horn Ensemble Japan (Ghosts of Dublin), the Brass Ensemble of the Symphony Orchestra of Lyon (The Heros),[7] the Luxembourg Chamber Orchestra (The Celestials of Sago Lane),[9] Palisades Virtuosi (Vathek),[10] the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (Concerto for Horn and Orchestra “The Gothic”),[11] the horn sections of the Houston and Dallas symphonies (The Bronze Triptych)[12] Turner's works have been heard in major concert halls and colleges of music around the globe and have been recorded extensively not only by the American Horn Quartet, but by reputable soloists and chamber musicians worldwide. His music, which contains elements of folk music from the British Isles, an inherent Mexican influence combined with his own western American style, and the exotic sounds of North Africa and the Arab world,[7] has been performed and recorded by chamber ensembles from the New York Philharmonic,[13] The Berlin Philharmonic,[14] the Vienna Philharmonic,[15] and the Chicago Symphony,[16] among others.

Turner has been a guest lecturer in composition at several notable institutions of music. Several notable institutions include the Royal Academy of Oslo, the Academy of Fine Arts in Hong Kong, the Nero House of Music in Osaka, Japan, West Virginia University and the Winterthur Hochschule für Musik in Switzerland.[7]


Large ensembles[edit]

  • Karankawa - Symphony orchestra
  • Concerto for Low Horn & Chamber Orchestra - Horn, chamber orchestra
  • Les Heroes - Large brass ensemble, percussion
  • Concerto for Brass Trombone (or Tuba) & Orchestra - Brass trombone (or tuba), orchestra
  • The Labyrinth - Brass ensemble, percussion
  • Postcards from Lucca - Wind ensemble
  • Sonata for Horn & Strings - Horn, string quartet or string orchestra
  • Symphony Nr. 1 - Symphony orchestra with chorus
  • Symphony Nr. 2 - Chamber orchestra
  • Celestials of Sago Lane - Chamber orchestra, 2 percussion soloists
  • Karankawa - Symphony orchestra, or symphonic band, or wind ensemble
  • Concerto for Brass Trombone - Brass trombone or bass tuba, orchestra
  • Introduction & Main Event - Horn quartet, symphony orchestra, wind ensemble
  • ’Twas a Dark and Stormy Night - Version for 2 horns, string orchestra

Chamber works[edit]

  • Ricochet - Brass quintet
  • Quartet Nr. 3 for Horns - Horn quartet
  • Casbah of Tetouan - Brass quintet
  • Fiesta Fanfare - 4 trumpets or 4 horns
  • Sonata for Horn & Piano - Horn, piano
  • ’Twas a Dark and Stormy Night - Horn, organ (piano)
  • Quartet Nr. 2 for Horns - Horn quartet
  • Bandera - Trumpet, horn, trombone, piano
  • Variations on a Luxembourgish Folk Song - Horn quartet
  • Fanfare for Barcs - Horn quartet
  • Quartet Nr. 1 for Horns - Horn quartet
  • The Black Knight - Brass quintet, organ
  • Soundings on the Erie Canal - Brass quintet
  • Sonatina for Tuba & Piano - Tuba, piano
  • Casbah of Tetouan - 5 horns
  • Six Lives of Jack McBride - Tenor voice, horn, violin, piano
  • Unlikely Fusion: Prologue & Epilogue for Four Horns, Tuba, Harpsichord, & Fiddle - 4 horns, tuba, harpsichord, fiddle
  • Ghost Riders - 2 trumpets, 2 horns, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba, (optional tenor voice)
  • The Pocono Menagerie - trumpet, horn, tuba/euphonium, piano
  • Chaconne for Three Horns - 3 horns
  • Song of Mary for Eight Voices - 8 voices (SSAATTBB)
  • Quarter-After-Four - Horn, violin, piano
  • The Seduction - String quartet
  • Vathek - Flute, clarinet, piano
  • The Ballad to Annabel Lee - Trumpet, piano
  • Wedding Music - 4 horns, narrator
  • Fandango - 4 horns
  • Quartet Nr. 4 for Horns - 4 horns
  • Improvisation - Brass quintet
  • Sonatina for Violoncello or tuba, piano - Violoncello (or tuba), piano
  • Suite for Solo Tuba & Horn Quartet - 4 horns, tuba
  • Barbara Allen - 4 horns or 8 horns
  • The Ghosts of Dublin - 8 horns
  • Rhapsody - Woodwind quintet, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass
  • The New-Found Journal - 4 tubas or woodwind quartet (flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon)
  • Four Duets - 2 horns or 2 tubas
  • Rule Britannia! - 4 horns
  • Take 9 Fanfare - 9 horns
  • Three Movements for Hour Horns - 4 horns
  • Symphony for Carols - 8 horns, including 2 alphorns (optional)
  • Farewell to Red Castle - 8 horns
  • The New-Found Journal - Flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon
  • ’Twas a Dark and Stromy Night - Version for 2 horns, organ or piano
  • Cortejo - Brass quintet
  • Kaitsenko - Brass quintet
  • The Scorpion in the Sand - Violoncello, horn, piano
  • Bronze Triptych - 12 horns, timpani, percussion
  • Scorpion in the Sand - Violoncello, horn, piano
  • Berceuse for the Mary Rose - Woodwind Quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon)
  • Navajo Mandala - Combined woodwind, brass quintet with percussion

Solo works[edit]

  • Three Portraits - Solo horn
  • Characters - Solo horn
  • Come Thou Font of Every Blessing - Solo piano
  • The Testament of Saladin - Solo horn
  • Echoes of Glastonbury - Solo horn
  • La Entrada de los Caballeros - Solo horn
  • La Viuda de Salamanca - Solo horn
  • Phantom Shanties - Solo horn
  • Nine Pieces for Solo Horn - Solo horn
  • Caprice - Solo horn
  • The Twelve-Tone Waltz - Solo horn
  • Crossing Union Square - Solo horn
  • The Hunt of the Cheetah - Solo horn


  1. ^ a b Reel, John (2010). "A Conversation with Hornist-composer Kerry Turner". Fanfare Magazine, Vol. 33 Issue 5, page 146
  2. ^ Scanze, Philip (2013). "Performance Practice Concerns in Kerry Turner's 'The Casbah of Tetouan' for Horn Ensemble. Ball State University.
  3. ^ a b c (2011) "Kerry Turner: Ricochet". MSR Classics Independent Classical Record Label. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  4. ^ a b (2014) "American Horn Quartet". Naxos; The World's Leading Classical Music Group. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  5. ^ (2010) "Kerry Turner". Kendall Betts Horn Camp. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  6. ^ "Commissions". The International Horn Society. Retrieved June 12, 2014 from
  7. ^ a b c d (2011) "Chamber Music of Kerry Turner". MSR Classics Independent Classical Record Label. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  8. ^ Pritchett, Kate (2014) "The American Horn Quartet (Kristina Mascher, Geoffrey Winter, Charles Putnam, and Kerry Turner) Performed at the Freden International Music Festival in Germany in August". The Horn Call, Feb 1 2014, International Horn Society, HighBeam Research. Retrieved 12 Jun. 2014.
  9. ^ (2014) "Orient & Occident - 3". Orchestre de Chambre du Luxembourg. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  10. ^ "Palisades Virtuosi Presents Musical Tales Concert on March 1 at Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, New Jersey". Sequenza 21/; The Contemporary Classical Music Community. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  11. ^ (2014) "2012-13 Premieres List". League of American Orchestras. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  12. ^ (2014) "Texas Horns / Dallas & Houston Horn Sections". ArkivMusic; The Source for Classical Music. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  13. ^ (2014) "Take 9/The American Horn Quartet". ArkivMusic; The Source for Classical Music. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  14. ^ Werden, David (2014) "Berlin Philharmonic Horns - The Ghosts of Dublin". David Werden Publications. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  15. ^ Rodriguez-Bohannon, Mariela "Recording Recommendations". River City Brass. Retrieved June 12, 2014
  16. ^ Burtin, Louise (2013) "EXCLUSIVE: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Trombonist Michael Mulcahy Talks Brass Tributes to Bud Herseth, Edward Kleinhammer". Classicalite. Retrieved June 12, 2014

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