Irena Marie Rieband

Irena Marie RiebandIrena Marie Rieband was born in Nottingham, England, and at the age of 16 gained a scholarship to The Purcell School where she performed regularly as a soloist, in chamber music groups and as an orchestral musician at venues including The Yehudi Menuhin School and London’s The South Bank and National Portrait Gallery. She was also chosen to perform as a soloist at the Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 1995 Irena graduated from the University of London with First Class Honours in Music and German, majoring in performance. She studied horn with Derek Taylor (BBC Symphony Orchestra) from the age of 14, and during her undergraduate studies with Julian Baker (The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Mike Purton (The Halle Orchestra) and Fergus McWilliam (The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra).

Irena Marie did not initially pursue a career as a horn player, but worked in Germany as a university lecturer (University of Würzburg), in corporate communications (Bilfinger Berger AG) and orchestra management (Concerto Winderstein and Bremer Philharmoniker). She returned to playing the horn professionally after many years when -  the European borders having re-opened – she went in pursuit of her Polish roots, and completed her MA at the Academy of Music in Gdansk in 2008. She was taught by Edward Daniecki (Academy of Music in Gdansk) as well as Theo Wiemes (NDR Radio Symphony Orchestra)  and Frøydis Ree Wekre in Oslo. Irena used her Master’s The Pursuit of Confidence in Horn Playing. From Dis-ease to Ease, Sound Technique and Healthy Musicianship dissertation in order to record her own personal experience and as a vehicle to help and support other students of the horn with regard to performance-related ill-health.

Irena Marie is currently Principal horn of the Filharmonia Sudecka in Poland. Her recent repertoire includes works such as Beethoven Symphonies no. 6 and 7, Bruckner Symphony no. 4, Mahler Symphonies no. 1 and 5, Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suite, Ravel La Valse, Strauss’ Rosenkavaliersuite, Don Juan and  Till Eulenspiegel, Tchaikovsky Symphonies 4, 5, 6 as well as Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro and Puccini’s Tosca. She also performs with the orchestra as a soloist, in chamber music concerts and educational programmes for children. She has learned Polish and enjoys the challenges of a Polish-speaking environment while continuing to guest with orchestras in neighbouring Germany and Spain. In 2009 Irena Marie taught at the VI International Crescendo Summer Institute of the Arts in Hungary and coached the winds at the first Young Musicians Project in Romania. Other than playing the horn, she loves ballroom dancing and flamenco, beautiful flowers, skiing, swimming, and silence.