Proclaimed by the New York Chronicle as the “king of his instrument”, Stefan Dohr’s perfect technique, pure intonation and beautifully articulated artistry are steadily making him a talking point internationally. Stefan Dohr started his professional career at the age of 19 as principal horn of the Frankfurt Opera. He occupied the same position with the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice and the Deutschen-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. Stefan Dohr has been the principal horn of the Berlin Philharmonic since 1993. As a soloist Stefan Dohr has worked with many celebrated conductors, including Daniel Barenboim, Bernard Haitink, Christian Thielemann, Ingo Metzmacher and Daniel Harding as well as Claudio Abbado, who also invited him to appear as principal horn with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra.
His engagements as a sought after chamber musician include performances with his Philharmonic colleagues in various ensembles as well as with partners such as Maurizio Pollini, Lars Vogt, Kolja Blacher and Ian Bostridge. He is also a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Octet as well as the Ensemble WienBerlin.
Stefan Dohr has had a number of pieces composed for him, such as the ‘Montafon’ concerto by Herbert Willi which he premiered in 2008, and a horn concerto by Johannes Wallmann, premiered in 2010. The Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa created ‘Moment of blossoming’ for French horn and orchestra for him and in February 2011, Stefan Dohr very successfully performed its world premiere with the Berlin Philharmonic and Sir Simon Rattle.