Kristina Mascher - Turner
former principal horn of the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, hails from Albany, Oregon. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Douglas Hill) and the Hanns Eisler Conservatory in Berlin (Kurt Palm,) and also studied privately with Fergus McWilliam of the Berlin Philharmonic. Early in her career, she was engaged in various chamber and symphony orchestras, including the Odense Symfoniorkester in Denmark and three tours as principal horn with the Gustav-Mahler-Jugendorchester under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, and Kent Nagano. She joined the world-famous American Horn Quartet in 2009, with whom she has toured and recorded extensively. Kristina is also a member of the Ni Ensemble of Luxembourg (First prizewinners at the 9th International Passau Competition) and forms with husband Kerry Turner the Virtuoso Horn Duo. Their critically acclaimed CD of works for two horns and chamber orchestra can be found on the MSR Classics label. Ms. Mascher-Turner has given master classes and performed in over 30 countries on six continents, including as a Featured Artist at International Horn Symposia in Brisbane, London, Los Angeles, and Natal, Brazil. She is currently Vice President of the International Horn Society and is the editor of the IHS digital newsletter, “Horn and More.” Horn aside, Kristina sings with a semi-professional vocal octet, has a passion for travel, food, and languages, and is a certified Reiki master.