Prof. Mahir Kalmik was born in Istanbul (Turkey) in 1972 and studied with Mahir Çakar (Ankara), Radovan Vlatković (Stuttgart) and Erich Penzel (Cologne). His first professional experience took him to Durban (South Africa) as a solo horn player in 1994. This was followed in 1997 by a position with the Rheinische Philharmonie Koblenz and in 1999 with the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duisburg. Since 2002 he has been principal horn in the Opera and Museum Orchestra in Frankfurt am Main. From 2008 to 2012 he taught in a lectureship at the Hochschule für Musik Mainz and is professor of horn at the University “Mimar Sinan” in Istanbul. In spring 2015 he accepted the call to the HfM Mainz.