Janet Horvath joined the Minnesota Orchestra as associate principal cello in 1980 after two seasons in the same position with the Indianapolis Symphony. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto and a master's degree from Indiana University where she studied with Janos Starker.
Canada native Janet Horvath joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1980 as Associate Principal Cello. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree from Indiana University. Her teachers have included her father, George Horvath, and Janos Starker. Her solo engagements with the orchestra have included Stephen Paulus’ Concerto for String Quartet, the Elgar, Schumann and Korngold cello concertos, and Bruch’s Kol Nidre. She considers the Bruch her signature piece and has performed it annually at Temple Israel. Both she and her father George Horvath, who played the piece before her, comprise more than 60 years of performances between them.
Janet is a pioneer and recognized authority in the area of medical problems of performing artists. Her book Playing (less) Hurt—an Injury Prevention Guide for Musicians, has garnered critical acclaim and to date has sold more than 12,000 copies. In 2009 it won the gold medal in the health category of the Independent Publishers Book Awards. A newly updated and rewritten edition was published in 2010 by the Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group; further information is available at playinglesshurt.com.
A noted clinician, Janet has presented for orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony, Utah Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and at conservatories, conferences and workshops coast to coast. She recently wrote a feature for Musical America’s Special Reports on Musician’s Health and was interviewed on the program, The Woman’s Connection, www.youtube.com/thewomansconnection.
Janet is currently writing a memoir about her parents’ experiences during World War II. She created a multi-media anti-racism piece about social justice issues. She also writes as a regular contributor for the classical music online magazine Interlude HK.
In January 1987 Horvath was the soloist in the American premiere of Paul Hindemith’s Cello Concerto, op. 3, with the Minnesota Orchestra led by Edo de Waart. The performance drew International attention and was broadcast twice throughout the United States. She has also been a soloist under Sir Neville Marriner, Leonard Slatkin, Nicholas McGegan and Osmo Vanska.
She is known for her Salon concerts, in intimate home settings, complete with innovative programming and witty and informative commentary. Ms Horvath has performed for many benefit concerts. She performs chamber music regularly and has appeared with esteemed artists Andre Watts, Osmo Vanska, Andrew Litton, William Preucil and James Dunham.
Recent chamber music performances include appearences at MacPhail Center for Music in the Ravel Trio and the Bloch Piano Quintett #1, a recital in Toronto, Canada on the PAYR series, performances at the Mainly Mozart Festival, chamber music performances with William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra, a trio performance with Maestros Osmo Vanska clarinet and Andrew Litton, piano; and a trio performance with pianist Andre Watts.
In 2008 she appearanced with the Metropolitan Symphony in the Twin Cities as well as with the Minnesota Orchestra in November of 2005 and 2007. In March 2003 she was the soloist with the Minnesota Orchestra in the local premier of the Stephen Paulus Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra entitled Three Places of Enlightenment.
The first printing of her book on the subject, Playing (less) Hurt- An Injury Prevention Guide for Musicians was released in June 2002 and sold out in four months. In 2009 she won the gold medal from the Independent Publishers 2009 Awards in the health category, for the newly revised and updated version of her book. This attracted the attention of Hal leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group. Playing (Less) Hurt in a 2010 edition is now being distributed world-wide by Hal Leonard. She has been in demand for her seminars on injury prevention and she has worked privately with countless musicians seeking her help.