Described by the Hartford Courant as “gracefully navigating” through music, Hilary Ledebuhr is in demand as a hornist throughout New England and has performed with the Hartford, Springfield, Portland, Albany, and Vermont Symphonies, among others. A native of Elmira, NY and Kenilworth, IL, Hilary earned her Bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College, studying with the acclaimed pedagogue, John Covert. After obtaining a Master’s degree at New England Conservatory, Hilary embarked on her career with an orchestral tour of South America where she performed throughout Argentina and Chile, including the Colon Theater in Santiago, Chile, and Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Recently awarded the position of Third Horn with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, she has been a member of that organization in varying capacities since 1996. Since then she has shared the stage with many artistic luminaries, including Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Doc Severinson, and Andre Watts, and at a variety of venues such as Madison Square Garden in New York City and Symphony Hall in Boston. Performances throughout New England have included backing up Joni Mitchell, Bernadette Peters, Tim Janis, and Itzhak Perlman, and she currently performs regularly at Mohegan Sun with Frank Sinatra, Jr. An active freelancer, she can frequently be heard with many theater and chamber groups, most recently performing as Principal Horn with the White Mountain Musical Arts Annual Bach Festival, playing the Cantata BWV 79, “Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild”.
Brass Venture, a brass quintet she founded in 2000 with her husband and trumpeter Erich Ledebuhr, retains a mission to create audience-engaging performances of new music. The group recently released a CD of music written for Brass Venture by American composer Thomas Hojnacki. With the quintet, Hilary has presented master classes and recitals at the Bar Harbor Music Festival in Bar Harbor, Maine, at Brown University, and at the Berklee College of Music.
Besides works written for her quintet, Hilary has been honored to participate in the premieres of many orchestral works, including “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” by Peter Boyle. She has written articles for the quarterly horn publication Cornucopia, participated as a panelist at the Northeast Regional Horn Conference’s discussion on freelancing, and is active in orchestra governance of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra as Delegate to the Regional Orchestra Players’ Association and Orchestra Committee Chair. She plays on a horn handmade by Charles Geyer in 1919 and a vintage Conn 8D.