Berlin Philharmonic loses its first US player

Berlin Philharmonic loses its first US player


norman lebrecht

February 25, 2022

The first American-born player of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra will play his last concerts this weekend.

Stefan de Leval Jezierski, 67, has held the third horn seat since 1978.

There will be a farewell party for him after Mahler’s second symphony.

Stefan, originally from Boston, will continue to play with the Scharoun Ensemble as a soloist, jazz musician ,and teacher.




  • Jeff says:


  • I’ll miss your humor, Stefan, and esp your incredible sound. Now, more great jazz for you!

  • Axl says:

    I thought that he was retired last year. But anyways, 43+ years in BPO/playing high horn is definetly hats off! He’s legacy will be continuing and luckily a worthy successor has been found. So Mr. Silver horn, thanks for everything and wishing many happy and healthy retirement years for you!

  • Shalom Rackovsky says:

    He is an absolutely stellar, legendary hornist, still at the top of his form, who has reached the well-known BPhil age of mandatory retirement [described famously as “equal injustice for all”]. May he enjoy many more happy and healthy years!

  • henry williams says:

    he once gave a talk in London
    he seems a nice guy.

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    I’d like to hear him hold a talk about the origins of his name. Seems there’s a lot to unpack, there.