Hazel Dean Davis moved to Boston in 2015 where she is a freelance horn player, playing regularly with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Pops, and the Grammy nominated chamber orchestra, A Far Cry. Prior to that, Hazel played second and fourth horn with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for 11 years, a job she won at age 22. Hazel 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. Hazel appeared as a soloist at Harvard in the Britten Serenade in 2001 and in the world premiere of American composer Carson Cooman's Enchanted Pathways, written for her in 2003.
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. As a student Hazel performed at the Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Pacific Music Festival, and the Marlboro Chamber Music Festival.
A passionate chamber musician, Hazel plays regularly in the Virginia Arts Festival Chamber Series, where critics have 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 summer teaching at the Brevard Music Center, Hazel maintains a private horn studio in Arlington, MA. She also moonlights as a high school math tutor.
When not playing horn, Hazel loves traveling and immersing herself in new cultures and environments. Hazel lives with her husband Steve and children Diana, Nadia, and Kalle.
B.A., Harvard University 2003
Graduate Performance Diploma Julliard School 2004
MUSI 556 Applied French Horn
French horn, Chamber music