Eli Epstein

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Performer, Educator, Conductor, Author

"Deft, sonorous playing." The New York Times

"Eli Epstein's facility in the treacherous horn part [of Mozart's Quintet for Horn and Strings] was the major virtue, as was his lyrical freedom."

Cleveland Plain Dealer

"I was especially impressed with Eli Epstein's horn playing, and with the whole polished ensemble in general [in Schubert's Octet in F major]."

Boston Musical Intelligencer

"[Eli Epstein] was right on the money in Bruckner's Fourth, playing with glowing sound and clean attacks." Providence Journal

"The [Cleveland Orchestra] horns did their famous lick in the third movement trio [of Beethoven's Eroica Symphony] with scalp-prickling precision..."

​Hartford Courant

"Without a doubt the most physiologically correct book ever published on horn playing. Epstein presents a pedagogy that is truly informed by science, with new insights that should not be ignored." [Review of Epstein's Horn Playing from the Inside Out, Third Edition] Horn Matters  

"Method Man: Could Eli Epstein be the Stanislavski of classical music instruction?" Santa Barbara News Press

"Each passage is magnificently performed by the 18-year veteran of the Cleveland Orchestra in the sublime acoustic of New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall. Every performance provides a sonic paragon, a rubric worthy of emulation by student and professional alike." [Review of Orchestral Excerpts for Low Horn

The Horn Call, Journal of the International Horn Society

"An overwhelmingly stimulating and productive treatise...I heartily endorse this book ...its positive influence on the profession will be immediate and lasting." [Review of Epstein's Horn Playing from the Inside Out, First Edition] The Horn Call, Journal of the International Horn Society


"One of the most substantial and significant horn method books to be published in years." ​Horn Matters

"A perfect sequel to [Krebiehl's] original horn excerpts CD...you would be hard pressed to find more nuanced, musically substantial performances anywhere. Every note has purpose, and every musical decision has a concrete, logical reason behind it." Horn World

"Without a doubt, the high point of Tuesday's [Music Academy of the West] program was the largest work and centerpiece--Strauss' Sonatina No. 1 in F...conducted by Eli Epstein..." Santa Barbara News Press​

For more information, go to epsteinorchestralexcerpts.com