Hailed by The Washington Post as “Sweetly Lyrical,” Ariel Horowitz cannot remember life before loving music. A student of Ani Kavafian at the Yale School of Music, Ariel previously studied with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School. Prizewinner at the Menuhin, Grumiaux, Stulberg, and Klein International Competitions, Ariel also received a Salon De Virtuosi Career Grant in 2017 and the 2019 Broadus Erle Award in Violin from the Yale School of Music. She has received distinctions from the Yale School of Music Woolsey Hall Concerto Competition and Oneppo Chamber Music Competition, as well as The Juilliard School’s violin concerto competition.

As the Founder and Artistic Director of The Heartbeat Project music education initiative on the Navajo Reservation, Ariel received the 2019 Yale Jefferson Award for Public Service, the From the Top Alumni Leadership Grant (2017-18) and the 2017 McGraw Hill-Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach. Ariel recently joined the faculty of Mount Holyoke College as a Professor of Violin and Chamber Music.

Ariel enjoys an active performance schedule, frequently pairing masterworks of the classical canon in dialogue with her political and interdisciplinary compositions. She has performed as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Kammerphilharmonie Hamburg, Santa Fe ProMusica Orchestra, Neue Philharmonie Westphalia, Raanana Symphonette, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, New Albany Symphony Orchestra, as well as recitals in the United States, Italy, France, Israel, Brazil, Belgium, Ukraine, and Argentina.

Ariel has attended The Perlman Music Program, Mozarteum Salzburg, Keshet Eilon International Master Course, Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival Winter Workshop, Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, and Orford Music Centre among other festivals.

She has enjoyed her position as co-concertmaster of the Yale Philharmonia since she began her studies at the Yale School of Music nearly three years ago. Notable performances include the concertmaster solos of both Strauss Ein Heldenleben and Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade, as well as a performance of Brahms’ First Symphony.


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