Cellist, Writer, Speaker
Janet Horvath, the associate principal cello of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1980-2012, is a soloist, writer, and award-winning advocate for injury prevention for musicians. She has appeared internationally in recital and as soloist, and has given seminars for colleges, conservatories and to organizations from coast to coast. Her new book The Cello Still Sings – A Generational Story of the Holocaust and of the Transformative Power of Music will be released February 28, 2023 and is now available for preorders.
This absorbing memoir and true story centers around George Horvath, Janet’s father, who from 1946-1948 played hundreds of morale building concerts in Displaced Persons camps throughout Bavaria for Holocaust survivors like himself. Leonard Bernstein, the legendary maestro, was at the helm of the seventeen-member ensemble for two of these concerts in 1948 bringing solace to thousands of refugees after World War. These activities, revealed to Janet during the last year of her father’s life, became the catalyst that galvanized George to disclose his experiences during the Holocaust to Janet for the first time.
Janet’s first book Playing (less) Hurt – An Injury Prevention Guide for Musicians has received international critical acclaim. Her numerous publications include a recent story in The New York Times and essays in The Atlantic and more. Ms. Horvath completed her Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in creative writing from Hamline University, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and received her MMus from Indiana University.
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The Cello Still Sings: A Generational Story of the Holocaust and of the Transformative Power of Music, will be published by Amsterdam Publishers on February 28, 2023.
A sweeping history of three generations darkened by the long shadow of the Holocaust, The Cello Still Sings is a vivid, moving, and true story of personal discovery. The book contains humorous anecdotes as well as 60 historic photos including of the survivor orchestra in which my father played, with the legendary maestro Leonard Benstein at the helm.
The release of The Cello Still Sings will coincide with Jewish Book Week (Feb 25 – March 5, 2023) and with my father’s birthday (Feb 26, 1922). The publisher, Amsterdam Publishers (AP), based in Amsterdam, focuses on Holocaust memoirs, non-fiction and fiction, written by Jewish survivors and their descendants. AP is releasing the hardcover, paperback, and e-book simultaneously.