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David Pyatt, Principal Horn of the London Symphony, on developing the horn sound

Instruments:
French Horn



David Pyatt
French Horn

David Pyatt won the prestigious BBC Young Musician of the Year competition at the age of 14. Following this success he embarked on a solo career which has taken him throughout the United Kingdom, as well as to Europe, the USA, Canada and Japan with an extensive range of repertoire from Telemann, Haydn and Mozart to those of leading contemporary composers. In the UK he has worked with many top orchestras and made his BBC Promenade début in 1993. From 1998 to 2012 he was Principal Horn of the London Symphony Orchestra. He was appointed Principal Horn of the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2012.

His recordings for EMI of the Strauss Concertos and the Britten Serenade with the Britten Sinfonia and Nicholas Cleobury were met with tremendous critical acclaim, with Gramophone naming him as their Young Artist of the Year. In 1996 he signed an exclusive contract with Erato Disques. His first disc on Erato, featuring the Mozart Concertos with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, was Gramophone's Recording of the Month in July 1997. His second disc of horn and piano works with Martin Jones was followed by a recording of English music with Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Peter Donohoe and Levon Chilingirian. In 2003 a recording of Schubert's Auf dem Strom with Michael Schade and Graham Johnson was issued by Hyperion. Spring 2006 saw the release of his recording for Quartz of the Brahms Horn Trio with members of the Gould Piano Trio.