Anative of Detroit, Michigan, Richard Seraphinoff is Professor at the Indiana University School of Music, where he teaches Modern Horn, Natural Horn, and Brass Literature, and coaches chamber music. He holds degrees in horn performance from Wayne State University and Indiana University. He has studied with Lowell Greer, Eugene Wade, Philip Farkas, Meir Rimon, Francis Orval, Michael Hatfield, and Myron Bloom.
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 Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, the Boston Handel and Haydn Society, the Portland Baroque Orchestra of Oregon, The City Musick and Basically Bach of Chicago, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra (San Francisco), and Apollo’s Fire of Cleveland. He has appeared as soloist at the Aston Magna Festival, with the Vancouver CBC 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 (journal of the International Horn Society), and several others, and has appeared on numerous recordings.
Mr. Seraphinoff is also a well-known maker of historical reproductions of Baroque and Classical Natural Horns, and teaches summer courses in early brass instrument making.