Catherine Eisele - Biography

USA-born hornist Catherine Eisele currently lives in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Catherine began her musical studies with the piano at the age of six, picking up the horn several years later. She attended the Settlement Music School in Philadelphia performing in the endowed Weinstein Advanced Study Woodwind Quintet. For five summers Catherine attended Marrowstone Summer Music in Bellingham, WA both as a student and Fellow studying with Dale Clevenger and Alice Render. In 2008 she completed her Bachelor of Music in Horn Performance as a student of Randy Gardner at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Ohio, USA).

In July 2008 Catherine traveled to Mexico City with the Cultures in Harmony Project XII "Puentes Musicales" and led over two hundred fifty musicians from the Orquesta Filarmónica Juvenil of Mexico City in a week of rehearsals, lessons, master classes, concerts, cultural dialogue forums, workshops, and recitals.

Since moving to Germany in the fall of 2008, Catherine completed her Diplom at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main with Esa Tapani in 2011, and was the scholarship holding horn player in the 2011-2012 International Ensemble Modern Academy, completing a Masters of Contemporary Music. Catherine has performed extensively in the great concert halls of Europe, North America and Asia as well as on the radio and television. She performs regularly with the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, the Meininger Hofkapelle, the Südwestdeutsche Kammerorchester, the Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, and has performed with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, the Staatstheater und Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg, the Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden, the Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Mainz, the Badische Philharmonie Pforzheim, the Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, the Polish Chamber Orchestra (Sopot) and the Évian Festival Orchester among others.

Catherine is also an avid chamber musician and has participated in the premieres of many solo and orchestral works including Thomas Lloyd’s setting of Wordsworth’s sonnet “The World is Too Much with Us” for choir, horn and piano, commissioned for her. In February 2012 Catherine travelled to Hong Kong with other members of IEMA to work with composers and to premiere 12 works.

Catherine has attended the 2007 and 2008 Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. In July and August 2009, Catherine toured China performing in Shanghai, Nanjing, Tianjin and Beijing as the hornist of the Young Euro Classic China-Deutschland Festivalensemble. The tour concluded with a sold-out concert at the Berlin Konzerthaus as part of the 2009 Young Euro Classic Festival series.

Originally from Samuel Barber's native West Chester, Pennsylvania, Catherine returns "home home" as often as she can, while enjoying touring the world as much as possible. Never one to turn down a bargain plane ticket, she is often planning her next international adventure. Catherine enjoys collaborating with other artists, both inside and outside the field of music. Her other interests include yoga, making chocolates, photography, and bookmaking.


Catherine Eisele begann ihr musikalische Ausbildung am University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (Bachelor Horn), bevor sie in Frankfurt bei Esa Tapani (Diplom) ihr Studium fortsetzte. Dort studiert sie zurzeit Naturhorn bei Uli Hübner. Catherine Eisele war Mitglied der Internationalen Ensemble Modern Akademie (Master Zeitgenössische Musik) und der Akademie des Staatstheaters Nürnberg. Sie spielt regelmäßig Aushilfe beim SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, beim Ensemble Modern, in der Meininger Hofkapelle des Südthüringisches Staatstheater, im Südwestdeutschen Kammerorchester Pforzheim und im Württembergischen Kammerorchester Heilbronn. Darüber hinaus spielt Catherine Eisele auch mit dem hr-sinfonieorchester, dem Mainfranken Theater Würzburg, dem Hessischen Staatstheater Wiesbaden, dem Philharmonischen Staatsorchester Mainz, der Badischen Philharmonie Pforzheim und ist Lehrbeauftragte des Dr. Hoch's Konservatorium Frankfurt.