Playing (Less) Hurt


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Janet Horvath won the gold medal in the Independant Publisher (I.P.P.Y.) Awards 2009! 
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Find Janet at the Minnesota Orchestra! Visit the Minnesota Orchestra website for more information.
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Let’s talk about something scary, something musicians are even more reticent to talk about than overuse injury. Hearing loss is on the rise and is a danger to all of us. Read Janet Horvath's white paper on hearing loss for more information.
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Janet Horvath now has a regular column on Interlude HK a classical music online magazine. Her articles range from health issues relevant to professional and student musicians as well as humorous behind-the-scenes- stories about life as a musician. These articles are of interest to all musicians, giving excellent advice on strategies to deal with existing injuries as well as how to avoid injury, and gives an insiders view of all things music!

www.interlude.hk
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Janet Horvath's article on "Posture Pointers" appears in a 2006 issue of Strings Magazine. This article is an excellent overview of the all-important issue of posture and how it relates to tension and injury. Ms. Horvath discusses "Risky Postures," "Tension" and its relationship to posture, "Natural" postures, as well as other points related to appropriate posture for performing musicians.
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When you hear the words "Mahler's Fifth," you probably think "great music." Janet Horvath wants you to think "phenomenal athleticism." Horvath, associate principal cellist of the Minnesota Orchestra and a pioneer in performing arts medicine, has been on a mission to get musicians, instructors and management to realize that playing any instrument is physically demanding. (Interview by Chrys Wu)

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"If you're an orchestral musician you could be at serious risk of long-term hearing damage. Janet Horvath looks at some simple and effective solutions."The Strad (December 2004)

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Thursday
Aug092012

Janet Horvath, author, cellist, advocate

Janet Horvath, wears many hats. She has been the associate principal cello of the Minnesota Orchestra for over three decades, is also a soloist, writer, anti-racism spokesperson and award winning advocate for injury prevention.

Orchestra Musician and Soloist

Born in Toronto, Canadian native Janet Horvath joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1980 as associate principal cello. She has appeared frequently as soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra as well other orchestras.

In 2010 she was the guest soloist for the choral group One Voice and performed a Holocaust Cantata for chorus, soloists, solo cello and piano.

Recitalist

Horvath made her international recital debut in London’s Wigmore Hall in 1986; she has subsequently performed in recitals throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.

Chamber Musician

An active chamber musician, Janet has performed at the Mainly Mozart Festival and the Marlboro and Blossom festivals. In 2010 she performed the Bloch Piano Quintet, Ravel Trio for violin piano and cello, Elgar’s Piano Quintet as well as Astor Piazzolla’s Grand Tango for Cello and Piano for which she commissioned Tango dancers.

Anti-Racism Educator

Janet is committed to fighting genocide. She has recently created written and produced a multi-media anti-racism work entitled

It’s Not Too Late to Stop the Hate. She tells her parents' story in verse while 175 archival photos are presented in a slide show and she performs her cello at several key places in the work. Intended for students and their families it is 25 minutes of reflection on lessons from the Holocaust and other Genocides.

Author

Horvath is a recognized authority and pioneer in the area of medical problems of performing artists. She is a recipient of the Richard J. Lederman Lecture Award presented by the Performing Arts Medicine Association. She has published numerous articles in professional journals on the subject. She initially self-published her book,

page1image17312Playing (less) Hurt—An Injury Prevention Guide for Musicians.

Her 2009 edition won the gold medal in the health category from the Independent Publishers Book Awards 2009, and attracted the attention of the world- wide publisher Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. The book is now available Internationally at sales@halleonard.com and musicdispatch.com in a rewritten, redesigned and updated 2010 edition.

Horvath’s noted seminars have been presented for professional orchestras, for youth orchestras, at conservatories, conferences, festivals, workshops and for hospitals from coast to coast and recently at the Westminster Reference Library of the Performing Arts, in London England.

A trail-blazer in speaking and writing openly about the physical stresses experienced by musicians she has contributed importantly to the awareness of musicians’ work- related ailments and their prevention.

Horvath received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree from Indiana University. Her teachers have included George Horvath (her late father) who was a member of the Toronto Symphony for 38 years, Vladimir Orloff and Janos Starker.