Kerry Turner (b. 16 October 1960, Texas) is an American composer and horn player.
Kerry Turner at age 11 won the San Antonio Music Society Composition Competition. At age 17, Turner was awarded a scholarship to attend Baylor University after winning the Baylor composition contest. Turner transferred to the Manhattan School of Music and received a Fulbright scholarship to study with Hermann Baumann at the Stuttgart College of Music and Performing Arts upon graduation. He placed fifth at the Geneva International Horn Competition and won the Bronze Medal at the 39th Prague Spring International Music Competition. In 1983, Turner assumed the position of principal horn of the Gürzenich Orchester, Cologne. In 1985, Turner joined the Radio-Tele-Luxembourg Symphony Orchestra as well as the American Horn Quartet. Turner has performed internationally as a soloist and clinician.
Turner’s works for horn in combination with virtually every genre of chamber music continue to be heard around the world. He has been commissioned by many organizations, including the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Japanese Horn Ensemble, and the Richmond, Virginia Chamber Music Society. His works have been awarded top prizes at the International Horn Society Composition Contest as well as the IBLA Foundation. Kerry Turner received the Meir Rimon Commissioning Assistance Fund from the International Horn Society in 1993 to compose Six Lives of Jack McBride for horn, violin, tenor voice, and piano and again in 2004 to compose Scorpion in the Sand for horn, cello, and piano.
Turner's Quartet Nr. 1 won first prize in the International Horn Society's composition contest. Quartet Nr. 3 was awarded a prize in the International Horn Society composition contest in 1996. The Freden International Music Festival in Germany commissioned Turner to compose a brass quintet titled Ricochet, which become one of Turner's most successful works.
Several notable commissions include the U.S. Air Force "Heritage of America" band (Postcards from Lucca), the Brass Ensemble of the Symphony Orchestra of Lyon (The Heroes),and the horn sections of the Houston and Dallas symphonies (The Bronze Triptych).
His music, which contains elements of folk music from the British Isles, an inherent Mexican influence combined with his own western American style, and the exotic sounds of North Africa and the Arab world, has been performed and recorded by chamber ensembles from the New York Philharmonic, The Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony, among others.
Turner has been a guest lecturer in composition at several notable institutions of music. Several notable institutions include the Royal Academy of Oslo, the Academy of Fine Arts in Hong Kong, the Nero House of Music in Osaka, Japan, West Virginia University and the Winterthur Hochschule für Musik in Switzerland.
Works for Winds
- Introduction and Main Event (1991/2021)
- Les Heroes
- The Labyrinth
- Postcards from Lucca
- Theodore's Anthem (2015)