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Many music students would kill for the chance to meet the composer of a work they perform. Spencer Park had the unique opportunity to not only speak with composer Laurence Lowe, Park studied under him. “Not only was he a good teacher in helping me know how to play it, he wrote the music,” Park remarked in a recent interview. “Since [Professor Lowe] is the composer, he gave me great advice on how to play the music and how to really execute this music.”
It is little wonder that Park, winner of the Young Artists Brass Competition, did so well. Looking at his teacher’s resume, it’s clear Lowe is an expert in his profession. Lowe has established an international reputation as a horn soloist, composer, orchestral player, and teacher. His published works include two horn sonatas, a trio for piano, two horns, and hand drums, and a woodwind quintet. His music has been performed at international symposia for horn, clarinet, and double reeds in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
However, Park and Lowe’s teacher-student relationship is mutually beneficial. “As a mentor and composer, there is no greater reward than to work with a student of Spencer’s caliber,” said Lowe, professor of horn in the School of Music. “He took my Sonata No. 1 and truly made it his own; I would compare his interpretation and performance to the finest soloists that have played it professionally in many parts of the world. Spencer will undoubtedly find a secure and influential position in the music world, and I am honored to have been a part of his progression.”
Lowe has been a soloist at eight international horn workshops sponsored by the International Horn Society. Orchestral and chamber music engagements have taken him to Europe, the Far East, Brazil, Mexico, Carnegie Hall, and the Blossom Festival in Cleveland. He is also principal horn of the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Read bio