A native of Detroit, Michigan, Richard Seraphinoff holds degrees in horn performance from Wayne State University and Indiana University. Among his horn teachers are Lowell Greer, Philip Farkas, Meir Rimon, Francis Orval, Michael Hatfield, Myron Bloom and Eugene Wade. In September of 1986 he was appointed to the faculty of the Indiana University School of Music, where he teaches modern valve horn, natural horn, a doctoral course in brass literature, and chamber music.
Mr. Seraphinoff was the winner of the 1984 Erwin Bodky Early Music Competition and the 1981 Heldenleben Horn Competition. As a modern horn player he has performed with the Detroit Symphony and Toledo Symphony Orchestras and the Michigan Opera Theater. As a Natural Hornist he has performed with virtually every Baroque and Classical orchestra in the U.S., including the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Grande Bande, Concert Royal, and Mozartean Players of New York, the Boston Handel and Haydn Society, Bosto Early Music Festival Orchestra, the Portland Baroque Orchestra of Oregon, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, The City Musick and Basically Bach of Chicago, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra of San Francisco, Opera Lafayette of Washington DC, and the Atlanta baroque orchestra, and many others. He has appeared as soloist at the Aston Magna Festival, with the Vancouver CBC Orchestra, Bloomington Early Music Festival Orchestra, and with La Stagione and Ensemble Metamorphosis in Germany. He has given lectures and Master Classes and appeared as guest recitalist at both Early Music and modern brass workshops in the United States and Europe, has written articles for the Historic Brass Society Journal, the Horn Call, and several other journals, and has appeared on numerous recordings. His new book, “Guide to the Solo Horn Repertoire” with co-author Linda Dempf, will be published by Indiana University Press in 2015.
Mr. Seraphinoff is also a well-known maker of historical reproductions of Baroque and Classical Natural Horns. With trumpet makers Robert Barclay and Michael Muenkwitz he has developed a week-long course in historical brass instrument making that has been offered in the US and Europe 17 times since 1994. Since 1993 he has given summer workshops in Natural Horn history and performance at Indiana University, which are attended by horn players from around the world. The textbook for this workshop “Making a Natural Trumpet” by Robert Barclay, Michael Muenkwitz, and Richard Seraphinoff was published by Loose Cannon Press in 2014.