Synopses & Reviews
Blow your Own Horn is Fergus McWilliams take on horn playing and more generally on music education. Written in a very spirited style, the book covers all aspects of playing and the profession, including practical elements such as auditions, embouchure, breathing, and exercises. In addition, McWilliam explores topics such as mind games, attitude, strategies, relativity, under pressure, why we need teachers, and much more.
About the Author
Fergus McWilliam was born in Scotland and grew up in Toronto. He has been a member of the Berlin Philharmonic since 1985 and was a founding member of the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet in 1988. He has spent the last twenty years touring the world with the Berlin Philharmonic and has made over a dozen recordings with his ensemble. During his career, he has performed with many of the major conductors of our times, including Herbert von Karajan, Claudio Ababado, Sir Simon Rattle, Leonard Bernstein, Carlos Kleiber, Seiji Ozawa, Pierre Boulez, James Levine, Daniel Barenboim, and more. His solo and chamber music activities continue to take him throughout Europe, the Americas. and the Far East. Fergus McWilliam is also an internationally esteemed and sought-after teacher. He continues to give master classes at leading music schools in many countries He currently resides in Berlin.