Audrey Flores is a freelancing horn player in New York City. She attended the Juilliard School and the Mannes College of Music, and regularly plays on Broadway and with orchestras in the tri-state area.
Formerly Principal Horn of both the Allentown Symphony and the Haddonfield Symphony, Audrey has also played with the New World Symphony, the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the Mariinsky Orchestra, and the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble. She was a musician in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Orchestra in 2011 and 2012, and in the New York Spectacular in the summer of 2016.
A frequent soloist and chamber musician, she has performed with the Jupiter Chamber Players, the OMNI Ensemble, and was featured as a soloist with the Haddonfield Symphony for performances of the Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings. She has also performed at the Sunriver Music Festival, the Vermont Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra, and as a part of the Bravo! Vail Summer Music Festival.
She is currently recording her first solo album which will be released in the summer of 2017. This is her second performance as a soloist with the Broadway Bach Ensemble.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Sarah Boxmeyer is a horn player currently based in New York City. Before moving to New York, she received her master’s degree from the Yale University School of Music and bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music in her hometown of Philadelphia.
An active musician and educator, Sarah has participated in concerts, music festivals and tours across the United States and abroad including performances in Germany, Italy, Costa Rica, and the Czech Republic.
Sarah is delighted to make her Broadway Bach Ensemble debut with this performance.
Midwest-born hornist Alexander Chin moved to New York in 2007 and studied with Mr. Erik Ralske, Principal Horn of the Metropolitan Opera at Manhattan School of Music where he received his bachelor of music degree. He continued his studies at Mannes The New School for Music under the wing of the New York Philharmonic’s Principal Horn, Mr. Philip Myers and went on to receive his master of music degree.
Mr. Chin has played with members of the New York Philharmonic, Met and Philadelphia orchestras as well as world-renowned soloists Placido Domingo and Rachel Barton among others. Traveling the world Mr. Chin has taken part on the international stage performing in spectacular venues such as China’s National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, the Czech Republic’s Dvorak Hall in Prague, Vienna’s Musikverein, Leipzig’s famed Gewandhaus among other famous American stages such as Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center on a regular basis.
He is a member of the Bridge Arts Ensemble, the Patriot Brass Ensemble, and remains an active freelancer and teacher in the Greater New York area.
A horn player of diverse experience, Steven Behnke has performed extensively in the New York City area including appearances at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. He has also been featured on WQXR and has won numerous concerto competitions.
In 2008 he became a member of the Wholly Brass Quintet and has completed several national tours with the group. Steven completed a bachelor’s of music degree at the Manhattan School of Music where he studied with Michelle Baker and Eric Ralske. Previous teachers include David Jolley and Sharon Moe. He has also taken lessons and participated in master classes with Thomas Jöbstl, Julie Landsman, Eric Ruske and Jonathan Lipton.
In 2009 he founded the Patriot Brass Ensemble, a ground breaking non-profit brass group that performs for veterans of the United States Military.
Norwegian horn player Karl Kramer-Johansen was principal horn of the Jupiter Symphony for the last four years. During this period, he was regularly featured as soloist in the well-loved concerti of Strauss and Mozart as well as in neglected masterpieces by Reinecke, Dubois, Chabrier and others.
In addition to orchestral and solo work, Karl also maintains a busy chamber music schedule as artist-member and guest artist of numerous concert series and festivals, including Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Concerts in the Heights, the Lyric Chamber Music Society, and the New England Bach Festival. Chamber music partners include Adam Niemann, William Wolfram, Ruth Laredo and Philip Entremont.
Also sought after as recitalist/lecturer, Karl has toured the United States with composer/pianist Wolfgang Plagge and given master classes at several universities in the southeast. New music collaborations include those with Marc-Antonio Consoli – professor at New York University (Varie Azione III, Games for Three, Four Shades of Tango), and the world-premiere of Kile Smith’s triple concerto “The Three Muses” (with oboist Gerard Reuter and cellist Wolfram Koessel).
Karl is a top prizewinner in many international competitions and the recipient of several awards, such as the 1999 American Horn Competition and most recently the 2001 America-Scandinavian Society Cultural Award.
Kolio Plachkov was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, where he first started studying horn at the age of eight under the direction of Stoyan Karaivanov. At the age of 13 he won the 4th International Competition for French Music, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In the following year 2001, he won first prize at the competition ‘Young Music Talents’ in Sofia, Bulgaria, and as a part of the prize he was invited to play with the Plovdiv Philharmonic Orchestra, first as a soloist, and later as a member of the orchestra on an international tour.
In 2001 Mr. Plachkov won first prize at a prestigious horn competition in Chisinau, Moldova. In 2002 he was offered a full scholarship by Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. Not long after beginning his studies at Idyllwild he won the concerto competition of the school and performed the Strauss First Horn Concerto with the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra. In 2004 he played principal horn with the Idyllwild Festival Orchestra in Los Angeles’ Disney Hall under the direction of Larry Livingston and in the same year he was invited to Norfolk (Virginia) to perform on the radio show From the Top. In 2004 he won second prize (no first prize awarded) at The Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition. In 2005 he was the winner of the Redlands Bowl Competition and gave a recital in the city of Redlands. In 2006 he was a winner of the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts scholarship as well as the winner of the 7th Annual Rotary District 5330 Music Competition.
Mr. Plachkov has been principal horn with the New York String Seminar Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and also principal horn with the New York Youth Symphony. In the summer of 2009 Mr. Plachkov was invited to the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he performed with the Festival Orchestra under James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur and Herbert Blomstedt.
Mr. Plachkov is currently pursuing his bachelor,s degree in horn at The Juilliard School where he studies under the direction of Jennifer Montone, principal horn of Philadelphia Orchestra.