Falling Leaves Artist Series Concert - Artist Bios October 07 2014, 0 Comments


David and I met at a summer horn camp in 2001 and I think we were friends at first sight. Over the years school, life and our careers have taken us each in many different directions but we have always managed to keep in touch and pick up right where we left off. Playing a recital together has been something we have been talking about for a while now and we are so grateful to finally have the opportunity to put this concert together. We want to thank Siegfried's Call in their support in making this happen and allowing us to share some of our favorite music and our love of playing the horn.





Robert Schumann: Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano (Cooper)

Eugene Bozza: Sur les Cimes for horn and piano (Drehmann)

Arvo Part: Spiegel im Spiegel with two horns and piano


Beethoven sextet, arr. with piano and two horns.

5 Brahms songs arranged for 2 horns and piano

Joni Mitchell: River for horn duet arr. Danielle Kuhlmann



Rachel Drehmann Bio:

Rachel Drehmann grew up among the farms, cheese-lovers, and her fellow Packer fans outside of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

She began playing French horn at a young age and headed to Minneapolis to earn her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Minnesota, studying with Wayne Lu and Dr. Charles Kavalovski. After graduation, she trekked to New York City to study with Jerome Ashby at Manhattan School of Music, where she earned her Master of Music degree. Rachel has since been based out of Harlem and her performing career has thrived as she continues to perform in a wide range of musical genres—from classical to pop to Broadway to indie rock.

In the United States, Rachel has joined forces with Ann Ellsworth, performing a series of baroque horn concertos, Banda de Los Muertos, and was also a member of the indie rock band A Whisper In The Noise. As a soloist, Rachel performed Richard Strauss’s Horn Concerto No. 1 with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, was the solo horn in Shakespeare in the Park’s Euripides’ “The Bacchae” in 2009, and worked through the IHS Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund to commission and premier a piece by John Clark. As an active New York City freelancer, Rachel has performed with orchestras including the American Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony, Princeton Symphony, Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic, The Knights, and Metropolis Ensemble, as well as with numerous Broadway shows.

Internationally, Rachel has performed in the Caribbean sunshine as Principal horn of the National Symphony of the Dominican Republic and with the Santo Domingo Music Festival Orchestra. From September 2012 until September 2013, she served as the horn player for the Love This Giant tour with pop/rock icons David Byrne and St. Vincent on a whirlwind year-long tour—busing, biking, and playing shows all around the world.

Perhaps closest to Rachel’s heart is Genghis Barbie. She and the rest of the Barbies have enjoyed pillaging and conquering on the horn since 2010. Along with her busy performing schedule, Rachel also enjoys managing a talented gang of violin, viola, and cello bowmakers at NYC’s Salchow & Sons Bowmaking shop.


David Cooper Bio:

David Cooper is a third-generation French horn player; both his uncle and his grandmother were professional horn players in the Lansing Symphony. Cooper began playing with Michigan State University ensembles when he was 15, and by 16 he had earned a spot in the top MSU ensemble.

While studying at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, Cooper was awarded a Tanglewood Fellowship that led to his three summers at the Marlboro Music festival in Vermont. He served as acting principal horn with the Victoria Symphony in British Columbia, and was also associate principal horn in the Fort Worth Symphony. Over the years, Cooper has served as guest principal horn for the London Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In 2013, he won a position as principal horn in the National Symphony in Washington D.C. but instead chose to play Principal horn in the Dallas Symphony, where he had already played two seasons as third horn. The current season is Cooper's fourth with the Dallas Symphony. He is also an active chamber musician and serves as the Music Director for the Avant Chamber Ballet.


Anna Polonsky Bio:

Anna Polonsky is widely in demand as a soloist and chamber musician. She has appeared with the Moscow Virtuosi, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Memphis Symphony, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, and many others. Ms. Polonsky has collaborated with the Guarneri, Orion, and Shanghai Quartets, and with such musicians as Mitsuko Uchida, David Shifrin, Richard Goode, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin, Arnold Steinhardt, Anton Kuerti, Gary Hoffman, and Fred Sherry. She is regularly invited to perform chamber music at festivals such as Marlboro, Chamber Music Northwest, Seattle, Music@Menlo, Cartagena, Bard, and Caramoor, as well as at Bargemusic in New York City. Ms. Polonsky has given concerts in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Vienna Konzerthaus, the Alice Tully Hall, and Carnegie Hall’s Stern, Weill, and Zankel Halls, and has toured extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. A frequent guest at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, she was a member of the Chamber Music Society Two during 2002-2004. In 2006 she took a part in the European Broadcasting Union's project to record and broadcast all of Mozart's keyboard sonatas, and in the spring of 2007 she performed a solo recital at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium to inaugurate the Emerson Quartet’s Perspectives Series. She is a recipient of a Borletti- Buitoni Trust Fellowship and the Andrew Wolf Chamber Music Award. Anna Polonsky made her solo piano debut at the age of seven at the Special Central Music School in Moscow, Russia. She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and attended high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Music diploma from The Curtis Institute of Music, where she worked with the renowned pianist Peter Serkin, and continued her studies with Jerome Lowenthal, earning her Master's Degree from the Juilliard School. In addition to performing, she serves on the piano faculty of Vassar College. She is a Steinway Artist.