Trevor Nuckols


Trevor Nuckøls is a leading international French horn soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer. 



Gold Medal Winner of the 2019 Vienna International Music Competition and Hailed by the New York Times as "Outstanding" and an "Excellent Soloist", Trevor Nuckols travels the globe as an internationally renowned horn soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral performer.

At the age of eighteen, he won First Prize at The International Horn Society’s Premiere Soloist Competition, and subsequently won The North International Music Competition in Sweden, The Juilliard Concerto Competition, and the Music Academy of the West Concerto Competition. Prizes include The International Horn Society's Barry Tuckwell Award, Interlochen's Young Artist Award,  and the Minnesota Orchestra's Twin Cities Musicians Union Award. As a soloist, he has performed recitals in venues including Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, National Opera Center, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, Salzburg Golden Hall, Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre, and Les Invalides in Paris. He covers the full range of the horn repertoire, and has performed with the Mozarteum Blaserphilharmonie, Österreichisches Ensemble für Neue Musik, New York Concerti Sinfonietta, Sarasota Orchestra, Camerata New Jersey, Axiom Ensemble, Music Academy of the West's Academy Festival Orchestra, Orchestral Society of New York, and gave the New York Premiere of Oliver Knussen's Horn Concerto in Alice Tully Hall with Mark Wigglesworth and The Juilliard Orchestra. 

Sought after as an orchestral horn player, he has performed as solo horn of the Münchener Kammerorchester, and with the Wiener Kammerochester, Wiener Mozart Orchester, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Goettingen Baroque Orchestra, Vienna Baroque Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, Bad Reichenhall Philharmonie, Philharmonie Salzburg, Miami City Ballet Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New York Classical Players, Harrisburg Symphony, Southwest Florida Symphony, Juilliard415, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra, with many of the world's finest conductors including William Christie, Masaaki Suzuki, Bernard Haitink, Herbert Blomstedt, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Kurt Masur, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Fabio Luisi, Gianandrea Noseda, and Sir Simon Rattle. He can be heard on Concertante! featuring Les Vents Francais, released by Warner Classics. He has performed on Broadway, and recorded film music for Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment.

A passionate chamber musician, he has performed, recorded, toured with the New York City based Frisson ensemble, and has collaborated with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Metropolis Ensemble, Novus New York, and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. He has performed in cathedrals and sacred spaces across the United States with acclaimed organist, David Ball, as a member of Duo Corgano. He has collaborated with artists including Emmanuel Pahud, François Leleux, Dénes Várjon, Izabella Simon, Itzhak Perlman, among many of the world's finest musicians. He has appeared as an artist at prestigious festivals including Marlboro Music Festival, Lucerne Festival, Pacific Music Festival, Cartagena International Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, Tanglewood Music Center, Russia’s Eurasia Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. He has concertized extensively in venues all over the United States of America, Russia, Canada, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Switzerland, France, South Korea, Colombia, Bermuda, and regularly in Japan, with his concerts broadcast on television and radio programs around the world.

A dedicated teacher, he has given master classes at New York University, Tokyo College of Music, University of Cartagena, and the University of Scranton. He has been a Resident Teaching Artist at the Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts, and taught for the Music Advacement Program at The Juilliard School. Trevor is grateful to have received grants and awards from The Goethe-Institut, The Max H. Gluck Foundation Fellowship, The Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (Sylff), The Tokyo Foundation, The Jerome Ashby Scholarship, Edward John Noble Foundation, YoungARTS, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

He began his first studies with Michael Corcoran, and later with Gene Berger at the Interlochen Arts Academy. He earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees on a full scholarship from The Juilliard School, as a distinguished Kovner Fellow, where he studied Historical Performance on period instruments with R.J. Kelley. He completed his Postgraduate Studies at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, as a student of Radovan Vlatković.

Trevor continues his work as a diplomat using music as a cultural bridge in foreign policy and international relations.

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