HAZEL DEAN DAVIS, HORNIST
Hazel Dean Davis is an American orchestral hornist living in Boston. She plays regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Pops, and the Grammy nominated chamber orchestra, A Far Cry. In 2018 Hazel made her Boston solo debut in Britten's Serenade for Tenor Horn and Strings with tenor Nicholas Phan and A Far Cry, for which critics celebrated her "masterful colorings and sensitivity to text" (BMIntelligencer).
Other recent and upcoming highlights include a 2017 tour of China and Taiwan with the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops; a 2016 Double-horn recital with Cincinnati Principal Elizabeth Freimuth; 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 in 2015 and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2017; 2018 Boston Pops tours on the East Coast and in California, as well as concerts with Rhode Island Philharmonic, Portland Symphony, Boston Ballet, Boston Philharmonic and the Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Hazel appears on the Boston Symphony's 2016 Grammy winning recording of Shostakovich Symphony 5, and can be heard on the BSO's 2017 recording of Strauss's Alpine Symphony.
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. 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.
Hazel spent two summers when she was 20 and 21 as a Tanglewood fellow with the Tanglewood Music Center. She also enjoyed summers at the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival, the Pacific Music Festival, and the Aspen Music Festival.
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, children Diana, Nadia, and Kalle, Sophie-Cat and Piper the puppy.