Janos Horvath is an internationally known clinician who has given master classes in Hungary, Taiwan, Australia, Canada and the United States, including at West Chester University, New York University, Silver Lake College and the Liszt Academy’s Teacher Training Branch in Budapest Hungary. Recent guest conducting engagements include the University of California, Chico, CA, Calgary Girls Choir, the Regional All State Festivals in Harrisburg, PA, SUNY, NY, and Sufferen, NY and OAKE’s National Youth Choir in Washington D.C.’s Constitution Hall.
Born and raised in Hungary, Mr. Horvath received his training in conducting and cello teaching at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He also studied cello at Boston University and orchestra conducting at the Monteux School in Hancock, Maine under Maestro Charles Bruck.
He taught at the Kodaly Institute in Wellesley Massachusetts and the New England Conservatory in Boston. In 1980, after emigrating from Hungary, he accepted an offer from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, where he was the director of the Kodaly Musical Training Institute. Also in Hartford he was principal cellist of the University Community Orchestra and founded the Kodaly Institute Singers.
In 1987, he was appointed associate professor of music at the University of Calgary, where he taught courses in music education, musicianship and conducting. He became director of the Kodaly Summer Diploma Program at the University of Calgary in 1996. During his tenure there, he founded the University of Calgary Chamber Choir. The choir has an impressive record of achievements under his leadership including several recordings, CBC radio broadcasts and extensive touring in North America and Europe. Mr. Horvath was also the director of the Calgary Civic Orchestra, founder and director of the Musica Viva Chamber Choir, and assistant conductor of the University of Calgary Orchestra. Mr. Horvath received the Student Union’s Teaching Excellence Award, and the title of Professor Emeritus of Music in 2011. The same year, he was invited to guest conduct the 60th anniversary concert of the Kodaly School & Conservatory in Kecskemet [his Alma Mater].
Since August 2011 he is Visiting Associate Professor at Holy Names University in Oakland, California, where he conducts the Chamber Choir and teaches Conducting and Musicianship for the Kodaly teacher training program.