John Lorge was born in Oshkosh Wisconsin in 1956. He studied music at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Lorge has been principal horn of the San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera since 1987. He has maintained a busy performance schedule with these 2 groups since joining them at the 3rd horn position in 1978. Lorge is frequently called upon to play horn for other orchestras such as the LA Philharmonic, Milwaukee Symphony and St Paul Chamber Orchestra as well as many Los Angeles recording sessions for TV and Motion Pictures. Last October (2005) he was invited to the St.Paul Chamber Orchestra to play the Principal Horn position as Guest Artist. Lorge played in St.Paul in September 2005 and will return to play there in March 2006. |
His movie credits include: Alien Resurrection, The Siege, The Negotiator, Collateral Damage, She’s So Lovely, and others. Lorge has also recorded for made for TV movies such as, The Bella Mafia, The Life & Times of Emiliano Zapata and others. He also has recorded for several pop artists including Barry Manilow, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Sammy Nestico, Harry Connick Jr. and Christina Aguilerra. He has played lead horn in the TV production of the Annual Emmy Awards for the past ten years. Lorge has also served as soloist and chamber artist extensively over his career.
In September 2005, Lorge performed the Horn Concerto #1 of Richard Strauss with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra to critical acclaim.
His composing endeavors have been increasingly frequent, often called upon to compose for the San Diego Symphony and chamber ensembles across the nation.
In May of 2002 his tone poem, Ginan Nishnabe played by the San Diego Symphony met with critical acclaim from both the audiences and critics. Lorge has composed for the Symphony as early as 1985. His Tuba Concerto premiered in 1993 with Matthew Garbutt as soloist and Maestro Yoav Talmi conducting. In 1998, his "Jubilations for Orchestra" opened the winter season with Maestro Jung-Ho Pak conducting. That work was repeated in October 2001 again to open the winter season. Recently Neil Kjos Publishing has commissioned him to compose 3 new works for band, which are in print now. In 2003 three new works were premiered in various locales. The Nonet for Winds and Strings was played in Tijuana Baja California Mexico under the baton of Eduardo Diazmunoz with the Orchesta de Baja California. The Concerto for Horn and Strings was premiered at Indiana University by Lorge’s very gifted student, John Manganaro. In March (2003), Alex’s Bones was played at San Diego State University by Alex Panos, a fine graduate student at the University. Lorge has also arranged music for several ensembles including the San Diego Symphony and Alan Paul of the Manhattan Transfer.
Lorge is married to his High School sweetheart, Becky and has two sons. John and Becky enjoy raising chickens and lop eared rabbits on their mini farm in Lakeside California. The family has lived in Lakeside, since 1995.