Academic musician Author Educator Hornist Music educator Musician Professor

Frøydis Ree Wekre

Quick Facts

IntroNorwegian musician
Is Academic musician
Professor
Author
Musician
Hornist
Music educator
Educator
From Norway
Type Academia
Education
Literature
Music
Genderfemale
Birth 31 July 1941, Oslo, Norway
Age79 years
Star signLeo
Genre:
Classical music
Instruments:
French horn

Biography

Frøydis Ree Wekre (born 31 July 1941 in Oslo) is a Norwegian musician. She studied in Oslo, Sweden, Russia, and the United States. Originally a piano and violin player, Wekre did not take up the horn until age 17, having become fascinated with its sound. Her choice for the horn was also partly inspired by her having heard that it was a particularly difficult instrument to play. After only two years of studying horn with Wilhelm Lanzky-Otto and Vitaly Bujanovsky, she was invited to join the Norwegian Opera Orchestra. She obtained a post with the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra in 1961, where she became co-principal horn in 1965. Wekre stayed with the orchestra until her retirement in 1991.

Wekre is horn and wind chamber music professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music. She is an active lecturer and participates in juries at international competitions. Her book Thoughts on Playing the Horn Well has been translated into several languages. Frøydis Ree Wekre has been an honorary member of the International Horn Society since 1994, where she served as president for two years.

She is a strong advocate for free buzzing and mouthpiece buzzing, even saying you should be doing it while waiting for the bus. Though this may seem eccentric, her justification is, “If people don’t know you, it doesn’t matter what they think of you, and if they do know you, well, then it’s not a surprise.”

Renowned as a teacher and performer, Wekre has given masterclasses and workshops throughout Europe and North America.

Because of Frøydis’ young age when she won her first job, she has become an inspiration and icon to many young female brass players, showing them they have just as much a place in the orchestra as anyone else.

Books

  • Frøydis Ree Wekre (2005). Thoughts on Playing the Horn Well. Reistad Offset. ISBN 978-82-993244-0-3.