Brian Horner serves as Adjunct Professor of Saxophone atAustinPeayStateUniversity. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Music where he studied with renowned saxophonist and pedagogue Donald Sinta. He is also deeply involved in the business side of music and is the owner of Sound Artist Support, a company that provides custom support, marketing, management, and booking to independent artists and musicians.
Mr. Horner has enjoyed a rewarding partnership with composer M. Zachary Johnson that has resulted in the premieres of more than ten new works for saxophone. Their concerts have been presented at such venues as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Steinway Hall and New York City's Mannes College of Music, as well as at the Glimmerglass Opera's Young Artist recital series in Cooperstown, NY. Joined by pianist Elizabeth Avery, they released Saxophone Music of M. Zachary Johnson--Live At Steinway Hall in August 2006, and Serenade – Music for Saxophone & Piano in 2008. In reviewing the CDs, Saxophone Journal praises Mr. Horner's "warm, vibrant sound" and hails the music as "a very valuable addition to the saxophone's repertoire” and “pure joy for the ears”. The “Live” album rose to become a “Top Seller” at premier online retailer CD Baby during August, 2006, and Horner was featured on the cover of Saxophone Journal in the November/December 2009 issue.
A versatile player, Horner has performed with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, appeared with the Nashville Saxophone Quartet on National Public Radio affiliate WPLN's "Live in Studio C", appeared as soloist with the Austin Peay State University Wind Ensemble and shared the stage with noted Armenian folk-rocker Gor Mkhitarian. He can be heard on singer-songwriter Gretchen Peters' Halcyon album, which features his soprano saxophone performance on "The Aviator's Song,” broadcast throughoutEngland andScotland. He also records and tours with his wife, singer-songwriter Erin Thomas. As a member of The Arbor Quartet, Horner was a prizewinner in the 1998 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition inSouth Bend,Indiana, and a finalist in the 1999 Coleman Chamber Music Competition inPasadena,California.
Brian Horner is a Conn-Selmer Artist endorsing Selmer Paris saxophones and a D'Addario/RICO Performing Artist endorsing RICO Grand Concert Select reeds.