Francis Orval




Francis Orval, internationally renowned soloist and recording artist, is Professor of Horn at the Musikhochschule in Trossingen, Germany. Born in Liège, Belgium, he became an American citizen in 1987 during a seven-year stay in the U.S.  He has had 20 years experience as principal horn with major orchestras in Belgium and Luxemburg before going to America in 1983 and serving as a university professor at several institutions.  During his first European period, Mr. Orval served as a professor at the music conservatories in Liège and Luxemburg.  Other administrative positions have included co-director of the Grétry Music Academy in Liège, Artistic Music Director for the "Académie Internationale d'Eté de Wallonie," and founder/organizer of two international horn competitions in 1977 and 1981.  He has served as an adjudicator for several competitions and is, a member of the International Horn Society's advisory council.  Invited around the world to perform as soloist, recitalist and chamber music on both modern and natural horn, Mr. Orval is also frequently called upon to present master classes. He directs various ensembles, and as an accomplished chamber artist, has founded several groups.  In 1987 Orval received First Prize at the Louise D. McMahon International Music Competition in Lawton, Oklahoma.  Among his numerous recordings are Brahms' trio with A. Grumiaux, violin, and G. Sebok, piano (Philips); Haydn's concerto for two horns (Decca); Belgian contemporary music (Polydor-Deutsche Gramophon); Schumann's Konzertstück, Saint-Saëns' Morceau de Concert, Weber's Concertino, etc. (VOX/Turnabout); a horn transcription of Bach cello’s suites and the Mozart Horn Concerti (CD Marcophon). He recorded with the pianist Jean Claude Vanden Eyden, masters’ pieces for horn and piano.  On natural horn, he has recorded the Berwald and Beethoven septets with the Uppsala Chamber Soloists (Sweden) and several works with "La Petite Bande" directed by Sigiswald Kuijken (Belgium).



Internationales Naturhorn Festival Essen 1993


J.S. Bach: Concerto # 1 in F Major BWV 1046 (Wilhelm Bruns, Oliver Kersken)

III. Allegro

J.D. Zelenka: Capriccio # 3 in F Major ZWV 184 (Andrew Joy, Rainer Jurkiewicz)

I. Andante - Allegro - Andante

G.F. Telemann: Suite in F Major for 2 horns, strings and continuo (Claude Maury, Piet Dombrecht)

IV. Menuet. Moderato

V. Bourrée. Presto

W.A. Mozart: Quintet in E flat Major KV 407/386c for horn, violin, 2 violas and cello (Ab Koster)

I. Allegro

L.v. Beethoven: Sextet in E flat Major op. 81b for 2 horns and string quartet (Lowell Greer, Francis Orval)

III. Rondo. Allegro

F. Ries: Sonata op. 34 in F Major (Ulrich Hübner)

III. Rondo. Allegro

F.A. Hoffmeister: Quintet in E flat Major for horn and string quartet (Jan Schroeder)

II. Rondo

L.-F. Dauprat: Sonata in F Major op. 2 for horn and piano (Michel Garcin-Marrou)

I. Allegro moderato

L. Mozart: Sinfonia da caccia for 4 horns, strings and continuo (Jan Schroeder, Ulrich Hübner, Wilhelm Bruns, Richard Seraphinoff)

I. Allegro

J. Haydn (Rosetti): Concerto in E flat Major for 2 horns and orchestra (Lowell Greer, Thomas Müller)

I. Allegro maestoso

M. Haydn: Concerto in D Major for horn and orchestra (Anthony Halstead)

I. Larghetto

J. Haydn: Symphony in D Major # 31 "Horn signal" (Wilhelm Bruns, Oliver Kersken, Michel Gasciarino, Tilman Schärf

I. Allegro

Internationales Naturhorn Festival Essen 1993


Wilhelm Bruns, Oliver Kersken, Andrew Joy, Rainer Jurkiewicz, Claude Maury, Piet Dombrecht, Ab Koster, Lowell Greer, Francis Orval, Ulrich Hübner, Jan Schroeder, Michel Garcin-Marrou, Richard Seraphinoff, Thomas Müller, Anthony Halstead, Michel Gasciarino, Tilman Schärf, horns

La Stagione Frankfurt, conducted by  Michael Schneider

Ensemble Les Adieux

Brandenburgisches Consortium

Robert Hill, piano


recorded in 1993