Swantje Vesper

Swantje VesperSwantje Vesper was born in Bremen in 1988. She had her first horn lesson at the age of six with her father, Andreas Vesper, with whom she took both horn and piano lessons for seven years. After doing preparatory work at the Institute for the Early Promotion of the Musically Gifted (IFF) at the University of Music, Drama and Media Hanover, she studied with Bernd Künkele in Hamburg from 2005-2008. She was a member of the Lower Saxony Youth Symphony Orchestra (NJO), the National Youth Orchestra of Germany (BJO), and the German Youth Philharmonic (JDP). Additionally, she has won several first prizes at the national level of the Jugend Musiziert competition. Since 2008, Swantje studies with Professor Christian Lampert at the State University of Music and the Performing Arts Stuttgart. She hast been artistically inspired by her participation in masterclasses with Marie-Luise Neunecker, Erich Penzel, Thomas Hauschild, Froydis Re Wekre and Michael Höltzel. Alongside solo performances with the Hanover Youth Symphony Orchestra (JSOH), the Uelzen Chamber Orchestra and the Rotary Orchestra of Germany, Swentje dedicates herself to chamber music and is a founding member of the brass ensemble, “10forBrass” as well as the Aurum Horn Quartet. For the 2010/2011 season, she performed as associate principal horn of the Lower Saxony State Orchestra in Hanover. She regularly performs as extra with various German orchestras, such as the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and the Frankfurt Opera House and Museum's Orchestra. Since 2016 Swantje Vesper plays with the Bamberg Symphony.

Felix Wilmsen

Felix WilmsenFelix Wilmsen had his first horn lesson in 1996 with Klaus Wolf at the Düren Music School. In 2003, he started preparatory studies with Professor Joachim Pöltl at the Robert Schumann School of Music and Media in Düsseldorf. Starting in 2005, while completing his compulsory military service in the Music Corps of the German Armed Forces in Siegburg, he studied with Cathleen Putnam and Professor Paul van Zelm until, in October 2006, he began his formal conservatory studies at the Cologne University of Music and Dance with Professor Paul van Zelm. Felix has participated in masterclasses and chamber music courses with Professor Kozo Moriyama (Tokyo), Professor Klaus Becker, Professor Christian Lampert, Professor Norbert Kaiser, and Professor Joachim Pöltl. In 2004, Felix Wilmsen performed Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 3 with the Aachen Symphony Orchestra. He has won various prizes at the regional and national levels of the Jugend Musiziert Competition. Additionally, Felix has gained orchestra experience in the State Youth Orchestra of North Rhine-Westphalia (LJO NRW) and the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Lower Saxony (JPON). Felix is also a regular extra with the West German Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Niederrheinische Sinfoniker.