Biography

Carolyn Hove has been the solo English horn player in the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1988.

Following her graduation from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, until she assumed the English horn position with the San Antonio Symphony in 1986, Ms. Hove had an active musical career in the Chicago area, where she performed with numerous ensembles and was a member of the faculties of Elmhurst College and Northern Illinois University. It was at this time that she developed her enduring interest in new music as the result of her association with prestigious Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago under the direction of composer/conductor Ralph Shapey.

Ms. Hove has appeared as a soloist in many venues, including a recital on the acclaimed Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago and appearances with the La Jolla Chamber Music Society, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and many other leading ensembles. In 1993, she performed the U.S. premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Second Meeting, for oboe and piano, on the Philharmonic’s Green Umbrella New Music Series, with pianist Gloria Cheng. In 1995, she performed the U.S. Premiere of Salonen’s Mimo II (a work derived from Second Meeting) for oboe and orchestra, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In Los Angeles, in March of 1999, she performed to critical acclaim, the world premiere of William Kraft’s Encounters XI: The Demise of Suriyodhaya for English horn and percussion, which was followed by a repeat performance in Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center in New York. This work was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and written for Ms. Hove and Raynor Carrol, the orchestra’s principal percussionist. In January 2003, Ms. Hove performed the world premiere of William Kraft’s Concerto for English Horn and Orchestra with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by its Music Director, Esa-Pekka Salonen. The work was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and written expressly for Ms. Hove. In addition, she has premiered works by Gerhard Samuel, Paul Turok, Patricia Morehead and many others.

In 1996, Crystal Records released her first solo CD entitled 20th Century Music for English Horn and Oboe, which includes the premier recording of Salonen's Second Meeting. Her second CD, entitled "Ascending to Superlatives" was released by Crystal Records in 2000 and features the English Horn in various chamber settings, including premier recordings of works by William Kraft, Gerhard Samuel, Paul Turok and others.  Her third solo CD, entitled Eclecticism, was released by Crystal Records in June of 2011.  It features premier recordings of works for English Horn by Beethoven, Ravel, Richard Lane, Patrician Morehead, Jeffrey Rathbun, Rolf Rudin and John Steinmetz.

Ms. Hove maintains a busy schedule as a teacher whose activities have included guest lectureship at leading music schools throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and Canada including the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School (London), the Royal Northern College of Music (U.K.), Baptist University (Hong Kong), Japan Double Reed (Tokyo), The Banff Centre (Canada), the University of Southern California, the University of Texas, Ithaca College and the Music Academy of the West.

Since 2005, Ms. Hove has presented the annual summer four day "English Horn Master Classes with Carolyn Hove," which originally took place at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.  In 2009 -10, the venue was changed to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana and expanded to five days.  In 2011, the venue was changed to the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia where it has remained.  

In April 2012, Ms. Hove was inducted into the Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame, an organization based in Aurora, Illinois. The Fox Valley Arts Hall of Fame was founded in 2001 to give public recognition to artists associated with the Fox Valley by birth, education, residence or service, who have achieved national or international acclaim.

Ms. Hove has served on the Executive Committee of the International Double Reed Society.

Email this Page

Reviews

[...] The Playing is virtuosic technically, with unusual interpretive sensitivity to these extremely varied pieces [...]

Turok's Choice (2001)

"...[Patricia] Morehead's "Disquieted Souls" for solo English horn, string quintet and woodwind quintet featured a Chicago homecoming for Carolyn Hove, the solo English horn player with the Los Angeles Philharmonic... She displayed a lovely creaminess of tone and careful articulation, but also knew how to create urgency and tension.  It's not surprising that Morehead wrote the piece for and dedicated it to the very talented Hove..."

M.L. Rantala, Classical Music Critic

The Hyde Park Herald - June, 2010

[...] She produces a steady, clear mellifluous tone [...]

Fanfare (March/April 1997)

[...] Now we have this sensational musical release of six major works by the spectacular Carolyn Hove [...] A brilliant recital disc [...]

In Tune (1997)