HAZEL DEAN DAVIS, ORCHESTAL AND CHAMBER MUSICIAN

Hazel Dean Davis moved to Boston in 2015 where she is a freelance horn player, playing regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Pops, and the Grammy nominated chamber orchestra, A Far Cry. Hazel appears on the Boston Symphony's 2016 Grammy winning recording of Shostakovich Symphony 5. Prior to her move to Boston, Hazel played second and fourth horn with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for 11 years, a job she won at age 22. Hazel is the horn professor at the University of New Hampshire and spends her summers as a faculty artist and teacher at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. 

Originally from St. Paul, Minnesota, Hazel graduated from Harvard University in 2003 with a BA in Biological and Social Anthropology. At Harvard, she studied horn with James Sommerville of the Boston Symphony and was active in the chamber and orchestral music scene, receiving both the David McCord Prize for Music and the Louis Sudler Top Prize in the Arts. Hazel appeared as a soloist at Harvard in the Britten Serenade in 2001 and in the world premiere of American composer Carson Cooman's Enchanted Pathways, written for her in 2003. 

In addition to Mr. Sommerville, Hazel has studied with Caroline Lemen and Kendall Betts in St. Paul, and with Julie Landsman at The Juilliard School, where she received a Graduate Performance Diploma in 2004. 

As a student Hazel performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival, and the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival. 

Recent highlights included a 2017 tour of China and Taiwan with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops; ten weeks in the 2015-16 season with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, including their Carnegie Hall Tour; two weeks with the San Francisco Symphony; a Carnegie Hall Tour with the Baltimore Symphony; premiering Matthew Aucoin's opera "Crossing" at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge; as well as concerts with Rhode Island Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

A passionate chamber musician, Hazel has been featured in the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Series, where critics called her “the star of the show...she played with complete security and authority...whether asked for leaps, trills, or long beautiful sustained notes” (Virginian Pilot). 

In addition to her teaching at University of New Hampshire and the Brevard Music Center, Hazel maintains a private horn studio in Arlington, MA. 

Hazel lives with her husband Steve and children Diana, Nadia, and Kalle.