Division: Brass & Percussion Performance
Office: E-460 HFAC
Laurence Lowe has established an international reputation as a horn soloist, composer, orchestral player, and teacher. His published works include two horn sonatas; a trio for piano, two horns, and hand drums; and a woodwind quintet. His music has been performed at international symposia for horn, clarinet, and double reeds in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. He has been a soloist at eight international horn workshops sponsored by the International Horn Society. Mr. Lowe has performed numerous recitals at colleges and universities throughout the United States. Orchestral and chamber music engagements have taken him to Europe, the Far East, Brazil, Mexico, Carnegie Hall, and the Blossom Festival in Cleveland.
Mr. Lowe was raised in Holbrook, Arizona, a tiny town near the Petrified Forest. He started playing the trumpet in 5th grade. In 6th grade, he changed to horn on the dare of his best friend. He was largely self taught; his first teacher moved when he was a freshman in high school. He joined the Flagstaff Symphony during his junior year. At the Northern Arizona University music camp, he was practicing with his accompanist in a classroom near the offices of the symphony. The conductor, who was meeting with his staff to choose a new hornist for the symphony, came into the classroom and offered him a position in the orchestra and a full scholarship to the university on the spot. He was too young to accept the scholarship, but for two years he left football practice an hour early every Tuesday night and drove at a breakneck speed up to Flagstaff to attend rehearsals. (Even still, he was chosen all-conference in football those two years.)
Mr. Lowe started as a freshman at Brigham Young University in 1974 where he studied with Don Peterson, principal horn of the Utah Symphony. After a two-year LDS mission to Washington State (during which he played the horn for a grand total of 1 hour), he married Jenny Williams, his childhood dream (though she wouldn’t date him in high school). The young family moved to San Francisco in 1978 to attend the San Francisco Conservatory. Mr. Lowe studied with David Krehbiel, then principal horn of the San Francisco Symphony. While in San Francisco, he played in the San Francisco Opera and toured the United States with the San Francisco Ballet. Mr. Lowe graduated in 1980. He then accepted a fellowship to study with Verne Reynolds at the Eastman School of Music and moved to Rochester, New York with his wife and two children. After completing his master’s degree in one year, he began work on a doctorate in 1981. “I sent an audition tape to Veracruz, Mexico and forgot about it. Then they called and offered me a position in the orchestra. At the time, the snow was 10 inches deep in Rochester. Veracruz is a tropical city on the Gulf of Mexico. I had to say yes.” He found a home on the beach, and with his young family, spent an idyllic year.
Mr. Lowe returned to the United States in 1982, reentered the Eastman School’s doctoral program, and won a position on the faculty at Missouri University in Columbia, Missouri in 1983. While at Missouri, Mr. Lowe played frequently with the St. Louis Symphony, and performed with them on their 1986 Oriental tour. A highlight of his time in Missouri was playing with the Missouri Arts Quintet, a remarkable woodwind chamber group in residence at MU. In 1988 Mr. Lowe took a one-year leave of absence from MU to play with the Utah Symphony. Then in 1993 he accepted a position at Brigham Young University in Utah at the Provo campus.
Since moving back to Utah, Mr. Lowe has recorded extensively for motion pictures and television, and can be heard playing principal horn on many current motion pictures and television shows. He recently played solo horn in Mannheim Steamrollers “A Fresh Aire Christmas” video. His first solo CD, Four American Sonatas for Horn and Piano, is available on Tantara Records. A review of the CD in the November, 2001 issue of The Horn Call said, “This disc is a must for everyone’s library—superb artistry here by both hornist and pianist in a setting of excellent repertoire”. His assignment at Brigham Young University includes performing with the Orpheus Wind Quintet. Mr. Lowe is also principal horn of the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.
- Caccia from Sonata No. 1 for Horn and Piano by Laurence Lowe
- Sonata No. for Horn, Soprano, and Piano, Movement 1 by Laurence Lowe
MM, Performance and Literature, Eastman School of Music, 1981
BM, Applied Horn, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 1980
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