Stockholm mourns horn legend, 80

Stockholm mourns horn legend, 80


norman lebrecht

August 30, 2020

From the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic:

Today we’ve been reached by the sad news that our beloved colleague and friend – former solo horn player Ib Lanzky-Otto – has passed away. Ib was a legend, admired all over the world for his great musicality and unique personality. His beautifully shaped tone, his deep musicality and dazzling technique, left a deep impression on both audience, conductors and soloists visiting the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra during Ib’s 46 year era as its member. His contributions, as an orchestra musician and as a soloist, have become a model for horn players all over the world. Ib’s warm and generous personality, combined with his lightning-fast humour, blessed us with an abundance of wonderful stories and anecdotes that we recall with the greatest warmth on a day like this. The Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra and all friends at Konserthuset Stockholm mourn an icon, and above all a dear and beloved friend and colleague.



  • IP says:

    It appears that Claudio Cavina of La Venexiana has died. . .

  • Axl says:

    Oh no!! As a horn fan – this is sad news! RIP master

  • Anon says:

    What a lovely tribute. It truly makes me wish I’d known him.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Daniell Revenaugh, best known as the conductor on John Ogdon’s world premiere recording of the Busoni piano concerto (EMI), once ran a summer institute in Switzerland for student musicians. He had many illustrious people come and teach, including Zino Francescatti, James Galway, Saul Goodman (timpani) and many others I’ve forgotten. Ib Lanzky-Otto taught horn at some point. From the anecdotal stories I’ve heard, the above biographical description is accurate. I was told Ib liked cigars too. Truly a great player.

    • Nick Schleppend says:

      There is an album jacket photo of him playing the horn with a cigar between two fingers of his left hand. This was more than 40 years ago when he was quite rotund. He dwarfed the little single Bb horn he was playing. He was quite an artist.

  • David Thompson says:

    This is sad news indeed. Ib’s effortless artistry was definitely an important early influence for me. It feels like we have lost far too many legends of the horn world recently…