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 performed Kol Nidre, her signature work, for many decades. Her 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.
Her memoir in progress is an absorbing creative non-fiction 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 bringing solace to thousands of refugees after World War II.