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First Prize Concerto for Horn and Orchestra (2007)
by Lee Actor

First Prize Winner of the 2007 International Horn Society Composition Contest

Lee Actor

Lee Actor

Commissioned by the Silicon Valley Symphony
. Premiered May 19, 2007 by Christophe Gillet and the Silicon Valley Symphony, Michael Paul Gibson conducting.  The IHS, which has more than 3500 members worldwide, received a record number of entries from 16 different nations.

  • Hear excerpts professionally recorded by Slovak Radio Symphony, conducted by Kirk Trevor and goto Lee Actor’s website
  • See the Silicon Valley Symphony Recordings web page and hear the Premiere, May 19, 2007
  • Read reviews and get information about the prize winning composition

Review: from a letter to Lee Actor from Michael Paul Gibson

Michael Paul Gibson

" ... a master work of melody, harmony, and rhythm. It is expertly orchestrated to enhance the glorious and challenging horn solo. The horn writing is technically brilliant with an intuitive and masterful understanding of the instrument. The orchestral accompaniment is crafted beautifully, grabbing and holding the attention of audience and performers alike. This is a fantastic composition that should please a broad range of music lovers ... I believe this marvelous new work will become part of the standard Horn Solo repertoire. It is a real privilege and honor to have presented the premiere performance of the Concerto for Horn and Orchestra."

Michael Paul Gibson
Music Director, Silicon Valley Symphony


A review by Senator Edward M. Kennedy, January 16, 2002

“My staff and I took the opportunity to listen to “Cool Night” and I must commend you on your powerful work.”

The Foothill Orchestra and Menlo Park Community Chorus dedicated their performance of the “Irish Blessing.”   Please click here to view letter sent to Maestro Gibson by Senator Edward M. Kennedy.


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