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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 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​

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