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Frøydis, through a distinguished career as one of the world’s top horn players, a professor, and a celebrated cultural personality, has made a tremendous contribution to the art of horn playing and contemporary music repertoire. Her unique tone and excellent communication skills have captivated audiences and composers worldwide, leading to numerous compositions created specifically for her.

Born in 1941 in Oslo into a family of musicians, Frøydis Ree Wekre began her musical education by studying piano and violin, and was a member of the Norwegian Broadcasting Junior Orchestra. At the age of 17, she discovered her passion for the horn and the idea of having her own unique voice in the orchestra, leading her to switch to the instrument.

She pursued her horn studies in several countries including Sweden, Russia, and the US, under the tutelage of esteemed instructors such as Wilhelm Lanzky-Otto and Vitali Bujanovsky. After winning a position with the Norwegian Opera Orchestra, she joined the Oslo Philharmonic in 1961, eventually becoming co-principal in 1965. In 1991, she retired from the orchestra to accept a full-time professorship in horn and wind chamber music at the Norwegian Academy of Music, where she had previously held a part-time role.

As an educator she places great value on her role as a teacher, and many of her students have gone on to play in prominent orchestras across the globe. She has been invited to hold professorships in several countries and was recognized for her teaching contributions with the Lindeman Prize in 1986.

Alongside her Nordic colleagues, she co-founded the NORDHORNPED teaching group, which includes activities such as studying their own teaching through video analysis. Additionally, she has been working with her colleagues at the Academy to establish connections with music conservatories in the United States.

Her CDs highlight her exceptional talents and feature numerous pieces that have been written especially for her or that she has commissioned, including works by Andrea Clearfield and Norwegian composers such as Trygve Madsen and Wolfgang Plagge.

Frøydis’s name derives from an Icelandic saga character. During a time of war, her mother wanted to give her a name associated with strength. Today, her name is widely recognized in the world of horn playing, and she prefers to be addressed by her given name.

In 1973, Frøydis Ree Wekre generously sponsored International Horn Society (IHS) memberships for Peter Damm and Vitaly Bujanovsky, who lived in countries behind the Iron Curtain and faced challenges in sending membership dues to the US. This act of kindness ultimately led to the establishment of the WestEast (WE) project in 1976, which was later renamed the Friendship Project in 2000. The project aims to assist individuals in countries where economic or currency restrictions make it difficult to maintain regular IHS memberships.

She has been a dedicated member of the International Horn Society (IHS) for many years. She served on the IHS Advisory Council twice, from 1974-1978 and 1993-2000, and also held the position of IHS President from 1998-2000. In recognition of her contributions to the organization, she was named an IHS Honorary Member in 1994.

Frøydis has been an active participant in IHS symposiums since the early days, contributing as a performer, lecturer, and master in a humorous and inspirational way. She co-hosted the International Horn Symposium in Banff in 1998. One of her notable skills is her whistling ability, which she often showcases during otherwise serious IHS General Meetings.

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