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Joseph Horovitz

The UK's Worshipful Company of Musicians has recently presented its Cobbett Medal to British composer Joseph Horovitz. This award is 'presented annually to a distinguished musician in recognition of services to chamber music'. Horovitz was born in Vienna in 1926 and settled in England in 1938. He read Music at Oxford and studied composition with Gordon Jacob at the Royal College of Music (where he is now a Fellow) and with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.

His chamber works include the Music Hall Suite and a Clarinet Sonatina which have entered the repertoire world-wide. Première recordings of String Quartets Nos 4 and 5, the Oboe Quartet, and Fantasia on a Theme of Couperin feature on a new Carducci Classics CD (CSQ 6482), performed by the Carducci Quartet and Ensemble, and Nicholas Daniel, oboe.

The Carducci Quartet will play Horovitz's String Quartet No 5 on 18 June 2008 at the Mananan International Festival on the Isle of Man. This work, commissioned in honour of art historian Ernst Gombrich, was premièred at London's Victoria and Albert Museum by the Amadeus Quartet in 1969. The Carducci Quartet is one of Europe's top young string quartets, receiving prizes at seven international chamber music competitions, and winning the 2007 Concert Artists Guild International Competition in the USA.

Posted: 23 May 2008 by Malcolm Miller

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