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Yoni Kahn, historical horns

Yoni Kahn, historical horns I'm a classically-trained French horn player with a particular interest in historical instruments. I play regularly with Grand Harmonie, as well as period-instrument ensembles in Boston, New York, Houston, and across the country.

I'm also a theoretical physicist studying dark matter, supersymmetry, and other forces and interactions beyond the Standard Model of particle physics.

I often get asked if I study the physics of music. Until I got involved with period instruments, I hadn't really been interested in this area of research. But it turns out the physics of brass instruments is fantastically complex, especially before the advent of valves on the modern instrument. One project with immediate practical applications is trying to reverse-engineer a Baroque horn which can play (in tune!) all the notes required by composers like Bach, without the aid of the hand in the bell. If you're a brass player with a background in physics who wants a short-term research project, drop me a line!