Retired Violist, Fine Arts Quartet
Professor Emeritus of Music

After a lifelong career, culminating with twenty years as the violist of the Fine Arts Quartet, Jerry Horner now devotes himself to helping young chamber groups throughout the world.
    Tributes
  • “Our meeting with Professor Jerry Horner was a crucial moment for the artistic direction of Graffe Quartet. His wealth of artistic and interpretative experience, supported by his extraordinary sense of string quartet sound and compositional construction will always be a major inspiration on our artistic journey.”


    Štěpán Graffe, first violinist, Graffe String Quartet


  • “Prof. Jerry Horner has fundamentally helped my further development as a player and also my overall artistic growth after studying at the Academy of Performing Arts. His amazing personal attitude and tremendous emphasis on musicality as well as the overall production of sound has opened up new horizons and given me the courage to implement a huge change in my life; playing my violin without a shoulder rest. The strength of his legacy is based not only on his tremendous musical knowledge and personal experience from the highest spheres of classical music, but also on his extraordinary humanity and the nature of a man with a great heart.”


    Lukáš Bednařík, second violinist, Graffe String Quartet


  • “Our work with Prof. Jerry Horner has helped us, as the Graffe Quartet, and as individuals, both musically and technically. Each meeting with him brings new musical incentives and possibilities.”


    Lukáš Cybulski, violist, Graffe String Quartet


  • “Professor Jerry Horner is a person who has changed my view of the study of music in its most fundamental directions. He has the gift of showing the way to effectively achieving a goal, while his enthusiasm makes it possible to even change the goal itself for the better. His excellent qualities abound, both from artistic, scholarly and personal perspectives, which is why it is such a pleasure to draw on his experience. I have great respect for him as a person and artist, and I once again express my respect and gratitude to him.”


    Michal Hreňo, cellist, Graffe String Quartet


  • “Jerry was one of the most dedicated and generous teachers I’ve ever had. He was always willing to listen to me personally and to my quartet (The Montclaire Quartet) with such care and patience. He taught me so much about the beauty of sound, the complete dedication to singing every note, every phrase. I can still hear his insistent yet patient voice in my head when I’m practicing and at times when I’m teaching. He also taught and encouraged me, perhaps even more importantly, the mindset of being fascinated with the whole process of practice and performing. and exploring music and phrases with patience and creativity. I am very grateful for what he imparted - his friendship and mentorship and love and knowledge of food and wine.”


    Chris Vlajk, violist in the, Penderecki Quartet


  • “Jerry was one of the most dedicated and generous teachers I’ve ever had. He was always willing to listen to me personally and to my quartet (The Montclaire Quartet) with such care and patience. He taught me so much about the beauty of sound, the complete dedication to singing every note, every phrase. I can still hear his insistent yet patient voice in my head when I’m practicing and at times when I’m teaching. He also taught and encouraged me, perhaps even more importantly, the mindset of being fascinated with the whole process of practice and performing. and exploring music and phrases with patience and creativity. I am very grateful for what he imparted - his friendship and mentorship and love and knowledge of food and wine.” ”


    Chris Vlajk, violist in the, Penderecki Quartet


  • “Jerry Horner was my viola teacher and music mentor but Jerry’s teaching goes far beyond playing the viola, far beyond executing and interpreting music. Working with Jerry I was also learning about learning, learning about myself and acquiring the confidence to go forward. At a very delicate and dangerous moment in my life he invested his time and energy way beyond what was required to give me every chance to develop as a violist, a musician, and as a human being. I am proud to be his student and his friend.”


    Barry Shapiro, Associate principal viola, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande


  • “Thank you Jerry for the countless times we performed together and discussed music over a bottle of unbelievable wine. Your wisdom and generosity has helped guide my professional life and I am proud to call you my friend.”


    James Campbell, Clarinetist; Professor of Music, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington, IN; Artistic Director, Festival of the Sound, Parry Sound, Ontario


  • “The attention to detail in quartet playing is one of Jerry Horner’s special traits. As our mentor, he was fundamental to the Villiers Quartet's development and helped us form our ethos of chamber music and technique. He taught me to be a 'fascinated observer of the process' in music-making, and I am grateful for the continued guidance and support he has given us.”


    Carmen Flores, Violist, Villiers Quartet, Quartet in Residence, University of Oxford.


  • “Jerry Horner has been the most important person in the history of our quartet. He changed our group from something with possibilities to something real, solid, with real perspective.

    He is in our thoughts all the time and it’s impossible for us to thank him enough. We try all the time to pass on his teachings to others. We think that’s the best way to thank him and help to preserve what he and we believe so much: love for music and for the string quartet.

    We send him the biggest and most affective hug that we are capable off.

    He is always present in every one of our rehearsals, concerts and teaching.

    Thank you so much.”


    Orlando Espinosa, Cellist, Jose White String Quartet


  • “I had the pleasure to work extensively with Jerry when he coached our Dali Quartet several times in the year of 2014-2015.

    After all coachings, I felt inspired and motivated to continue to learn as a professional. He challenged us in the most comforting ways, believing in our artistry and capacity as performers.

    I remember every advice that he gave us, not only for the group but for me as a violist and pedagogue.

    Jerry had a great impact in my playing and my professional development. I am thankful for all he contributed to me and our quartet.”


    Adriana Linares, Violist, Dali Quartet, Philadelphia, PA; Festival Director, ArCoNet (arconetwork.org) President and Founder, West Chester University Viola Faculty (www.wcupa.edu/music)


  • “From the first day that I met Mr Horner, I felt that he is a person who wants to give and wants to share the knowledge that he has gathered throughout the decades of his career.
    His advice is not only professionally related, but he also tries to give life lessons about how to live your life so that you really can fulfill the music that you play with true content, true emotions, true values, and true life experiences. He also tries to teach about how to approach difficulties and challenges in life and music in a way that it benefits us also professionally.
    Mr. Horner is the kind of mentor who not only tells you what and how to do something, but he also does it so himself. He not only talks about being fascinated while making music, but he is the most fascinated about it that we know.”

    Zágoni Elöd, Cellist, Tiberius Quartet, Targu Mures, Romania

  • “First of all I feel very lucky and grateful that I can say that I know Mr. Horner and you, dear Margaret. Without our nice meeting I would feel my life much poorer. I have so many nice memories and many nice experiences with you both. Thanks to Mr. Horner I met a lot of wonderful people and musicians and we had concerts in America and Canada what it wouldn't be possible without him. If somebody would tell me when I was younger that these things would happen, I wouldn't believe them.

    Mr. Horner is a very professional, very caring mentor. He is 100% dedicated to music and to helping musicians. He does this with a lot of passion and love.

    He has helped a lot of musicians and quartets and he is always interested in the life of the musicians and the quartets and how they are developing. That means he really cares.

    All musicians should take him as an example.

    I am deeply honored that I can say that I know personally Mr. Horner, who is one of the greatest musicians I have ever met. In my opinion he is the Father of the string quartets and we are all his children.”

    Lokodi Karoly, Second Violin, Tiberius Quartet, Targu Mures Romania