Playing (Less) Hurt


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Janet Horvath won the gold medal in the Independant Publisher (I.P.P.Y.) Awards 2009! 

Find Janet at the Minnesota Orchestra! Visit the Minnesota Orchestra website for more information.

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.

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!

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.

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)


"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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Horvath’s extensive performing career and highlights of recent seasons 

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

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 

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.

Ms Horvath made her International debut in London in 1986 at Wigmore Hall. She has performed recitals in London, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong and major cities across the United States and Canada. An active chamber musician, she has appeared at the Marlboro and Blossom Festivals, toured with Music from Marlboro and has been a regular artist at the Mainly Mozart Festival in San Diego. Her performances have been broadcast Internationally.

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.