Ahead of Chamber 8’s Australian tour, the LA Philharmonic horn player shares his greatest on-stage fear.

The Australian World Orchestra’s Chamber 8 – eight of Australia’s finest musicians on the international stage – will tour the country in July. LA Philharmonic horn player Andrew Bain is the first of the eight to answer Limelight‘s Eight for Chamber 8.

Andrew Bain, Chamber 8

What is your favourite piece of chamber music and why?

Brahms’ Horn Trio – So fun to play and such a beautiful and emotive work. The combination of Horn, Piano and Violin has so many colour options that Brahms utilises perfectly. Also the horn part is wonderful and not too high!

Three little-known chamber works that deserve to be heard more often?

Françaix’s Octet for Winds and Strings.
Paul Juon’s Wind Quintet (think Strauss/Mahler and Wagner in a wind quintet – I recorded this with the New Sydney Wind Quintet several years ago and we all loved the piece).
Ravel’s String Quartet – I just love that piece! I can never hear it enough.

Three of the most inspiring conductors you have ever played under?

Gustavo Dudamel, Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta – hard...