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Carolyn Hove, English Horn, Los Angeles Philharmonic
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Carolyn Hove has been the solo English horn player in the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1988.

Following her graduation from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, until she assumed the English horn position with the San Antonio Symphony in 1986, Ms. Hove had an active musical career in the Chicago area, where she performed with numerous ensembles and was a member of the faculties of Elmhurst College and Northern Illinois University. It was at this time that she developed her enduring interest in new music as the result of her association with prestigious Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago under the direction of composer/conductor Ralph Shapey.

Ms. Hove has appeared as a soloist in many venues, including a recital on the acclaimed Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago and appearances with the La Jolla Chamber Music Society, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and many other leading ensembles. In 1993, she performed the U.S. premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Second Meeting, for oboe and piano, on the Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella New Music Series, with pianist Gloria Cheng. In 1995, she performed the U.S. Premiere of Salonen’s Mimo II (a work derived from Second Meeting) for oboe and orchestra, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.


In Los Angeles, in March of 1999, she performed to critical acclaim, the world premiere of William Kraft’s Encounters XI: The Demise of Suriyodhaya for English horn and percussion, which was followed by a repeat performance in Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center in New York. This work was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and written for Ms. Hove and Raynor Carrol, the orchestra’s principal percussionist. In January 2003, Ms. Hove performed the world premiere of William Kraft’s Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by its Music Director, Esa-Pekka Salonen. The work was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and written expressly for Ms. Hove. In addition, she has premiered works by Gerhard Samuel, Paul Turok, Patricia Morehead and many others.

In 1996, Crystal Records released her first solo CD entitled 20th Century Music for English Horn and Oboe, which includes the premier recording of Salonen's Second Meeting. Her second CD, entitled "Ascending to Superlatives" was released by Crystal Records in 2000 and features the English Horn in various chamber settings, including premier recordings of works by William Kraft, Gerhard Samuel, Paul Turok and others.  Her third solo CD, entitled Eclecticism, was released by Crystal Records in June of 2011.  It features premier recordings of works for English Horn by Beethoven, Ravel, Richard Lane, Patrician Morehead, Jeffrey Rathbun, Rolf Rudin and John Steinmetz.

Ms. Hove maintains a busy schedule as a teacher whose activities have included guest lectureship at leading music schools throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Canada including the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School (London), the Royal Northern College of Music (U.K.), Baptist University (Hong Kong), Japan Double Reed (Tokyo), The Banff Centre (Canada), the University of Southern California, the University of Texas, Ithaca College and the Music Academy of the West.

Since 2005, Ms. Hove has presented the annual summer four day "English Horn Master Classes with Carolyn Hove," which originally took place at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  In 2009 -10, the venue was changed to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and expanded to five days.  In 2011, the venue was changed to the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia where it has remained.  

In April 2012, Ms. Hove was inducted into the Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame, an organization based in Aurora, Illinois. The Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame was founded in 2001 to give public recognition to artists associated with the Fox Valley by birth, education, residence or service, who have achieved national or international acclaim.

Ms. Hove has served on the Executive Committee of the International Double Reed Society.

Reviews of Carolyn Hove's artistry


"...Encounters XI - it has been recorded sumptuously by Kraft's friend Carolyn Hove, English hornist for the LA Phil, Crystal Records 329 - a must-have disc..."



[...] Carolyn Hove is a truly remarkable artist [...] (with regard to the Samuel piece) Hove weaves her way through the contrary string sound with the utmost assurance and skill [...]


[...] As the disc so amply observes, she is a wonderful virtuoso exponent of the instrument [...] Her tonal quality belongs to that "pastoral" school of playing [...]



[...] English hornist Carolyn Hove and pianist Gloria Cheng perform Hindemith's Sonata with great vivacity and ecute rhythmic panache [...]



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