Grammy-Award winner Jennifer Montone has been hailed by The New York Times for her “flawless horn solos…and warm and noble sound.” As principal horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra since 2006, she is on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Juilliard School. Ms. Montone is a graduate of Juilliard, where she studied with Julie Landsman, former principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera. Previously the principal horn of the Saint Louis Symphony and associate principal horn of the Dallas Symphony, she was performer/faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School from 2002-2007 and the third horn of the New Jersey Symphony from 1997-2000. She has performed as a guest artist with the Berlin Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and New York Philharmonic.
Ms. Montone regularly performs as a soloist with many acclaimed orchestras worldwide and in recital. Her recording of the Penderecki horn concerto Winterreise with the Warsaw National Philharmonic won a 2013 Grammy Award in the category of Best Classical Compendium. Other recordings include Jennifer Montone Performs, her first solo CD; Still Falls the Rain, featuring the works of Benjamin Britten; and Gabrieli by the National Brass Ensemble. Ms. Montone made her Weill Concert Hall solo recital debut in 2008. In 2006 Ms. Montone was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. She is also the winner of the 1996 Paxman Young Horn Player of the Year Award in London.
As a chamber musician, she performs with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, National Brass Ensemble, Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Bravo! Vail Chamber Music Festival, Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, Spoleto Italy Chamber Music Festival, and Marlboro Music Festival. Ms. Montone is a native of northern Virginia, where she studied with Edwin Thayer as a student in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Fellowship Program.