I will create and record your epic and magical horn ideas in my professional studio in Hamburg. I play as the invited principal Horn with the Ensemble Resonanz since 2018, performing different genres of music all over Europe. With my studio and musical experience, I will provide you the perfect french horn tracks for your project.
I am a professional horn player, composer and arranger based in Hamburg, Germany.
My horn player career is grounded in various areas of the orchestra formation like the Lucerne Festival Academy and Ensemble Resonanz for contemporary music, playing opera with the Philharmonisches Orchesters Kiel and Mecklenburgisches Staatskapelle Schwerin, and symphonic programs with the Orchestra Calouste Gulbenkian, Metropolitan Orchestra Lisbon, Hannover Staatsoper and many others.
I compose and arrange music with many influences such as Jazz, Contemporary Music and Film Music, so I am more than happy exploring new musical worlds.
With my studies of recording techniques, production and audio engineering I will provide high quality french horn tracks.
For recording material I use a TLM 102 condenser large diaphragm mic to record the body of my Alexander 103 horn, and two small diaphragm Rode NT5 to capture some brassy and natural reverberation sounds.
If you have any questions I am happy to help. :)
Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.
4 ReviewsEndorse Tomás Figueiredo
pleasure to work with
Tomas is absolutely great to work with - super talented and a just great guy.
It was a pleasure to record with you, thank you for your high quality work!
Tomas is an excellent musician combining his brilliant and present sound with a great and intimate sense of chamber music.
Interview with Tomás Figueiredo
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: Technical questions: How do you want to receive your music, which format, Raw or mixed, all mics bounced together or in separated tracks. Artistic questions: How do you want your horn sound.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have been playing horn since I am 13 years old, when I discovered the horn sound through Mahler's symphonies. Since then I went through the academic path of finishing my Master in horn performance in Germany, and I have been playing with many orchestras with different formations from Portugal, Switzerland and Germany. Through my career I played music with many different styles from classical, jazz, contemporary and many others.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I arranged a song about the Portuguese revolution in 1974 against the dictatorship. I played, singed, recorded and produced everything.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Projects in kammeroper in Hamburg, playing with Ensemble Aventure in south german, recording for 2 clients and producing my own songs.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Both. there is good music in both.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: I will give you the sound you want.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Exploring music ideas with the french horn.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: Could you do the solo/horn choral in a certain way? My answer: of course. I will record it for you, from then we work it out so that you are 100% satisfied.
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: Recording horn its as straightforward as trumpet or trombone.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Let me know your music image so that I can bring it to life.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: I am a classical professional horn that as a lot of influences from jazz, bossa nova, hip hop and pop music.
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Jacob Collier, I find him genuinely talented.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: To record horn as authentic as possible you should be aware of how its sound reflections are perceived.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Usually I work with film music, classical, jazz, contemporary , world music, pop and rock.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I can bring the rich horn sound to a song, with his versatility to play the most romantic melody or the heroic brassy session.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Normally I play the written music the client provides, and interpret it through the clients wish. I recently have also composed and improvised the horn parts for songs where the song's owner wanted me to explore.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I am in my element when it comes to interpreting the music and connecting the horn sound with the global music idea.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: I start by looking at the project at hand and understanding clearly the client's wish. Once we are on the same page I will do the recording sessions to bring our vision to life.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I have an all-round sound controlled studio with panels on the walls and ceiling, thick carpets on the floor, and two bass traps to control the low end. This setup allows me to control the horn reverberations and reflections perfectly. I use a TLM 102 condenser large diaphragm mic to record the body of my Alexander 103 horn, and two small diaphragm Rode NT5 to capture some brassy and natural first reverberation sounds.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: Hanz Zimmer, Maria Schneider, John Williams, Jacob Collier, Joe Pass, Gustav Mahler, John Coltrane, Jamie Cullum, Schoenberg, Chet Baker, Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, Charlie Parker.