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Jean Rife

  • Assistant Chair, Chamber Music
  • Horn
  • Yoga for Musicians
  • Horn

Jean Rife is a prize-winning soloist and chamber musician. She has been a guest artist at several international and regional workshops, and has performed as a soloist on four continents. Rife is former principal horn with Boston Baroque and the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and has performed locally with Cantata Singers, the Boston Pops, Boston Ballet Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, Alea III and Dinosaur Annex. As a soloist and chamber musician, her special interest in contemporary works has led to her premiering several works written for her, including the trio for horn, violin and piano by Yehudi Wyner, which she premiered with the composer and James Buswell, and which has been released on Bridge Records. She is currently commissioning works by John Harbison, Brian Robison, and Peter Child. Rife won first prize in the Heldenleben International Horn Competition.

B.M., Oberlin College; A.L.M., Harvard University; studies at Boston University. Recordings on Telarc, Telefunken, Bridge, Titanic, Harmonia Mundi, Arabesque, BBC Radio, and Radio Suisse Romande. Lecturer at MIT, faculty at Longy School of Music, Chamber Music Conference and Composers' Forum of the East, Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music.

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