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Amy Beth Horman

  • Violinist


In January 2005 Amy Beth Horman made her debut with the New Mexico Symphony, performing Mozart's 4 th Violin Concerto with Music Director Guillermo Figueroa conducting. Of that performance, Maestro Figueroa wrote "Ms. Horman is an excellent, refined performer. Her violinistic skills are of the highest order, with a fluent, polished technique, and a warm, appealing, dark burnished tone."

Among other recent orchestral appearances have been performances of the Brahms, Nielsen, Mendelssohn and Barber concertos with several orchestras in the mid-Atlantic region as well as recitals with such artists as pianist Brian Ganz, with soprano Rosa Lamoreaux, and with pianist Michael Sheppard at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre as part of the National Philharmonic's 2004 Chamber Music Series. During the summer of 2004, pianist Awadagin Pratt personally invited Ms. Horman to participate in his "Next Generation" Chamber Music Festival.

In January 2003 Ms. Horman made her debut with the Fairfax Symphony under the baton of Music Director William Hudson in a performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto. Of this performance, The Washington Post critic wrote "Violinist Amy Beth Horman showed she had the virtuosity and stamina necessary to navigate Beethoven's colossal Violin Concerto… Horman traced soaring lines and rich textures with a golden, full tone that complemented the full-blooded support of the orchestra."

Ms. Horman won the Deane Sherman Award as one of Maryland's most promising young artists in 2000. In 2001 she was awarded the Amadeus Career Grant by the Amadeus Orchestra, an ensemble with whom she subsequently has been regularly featured; her appearances with that orchestra during the 2002-03 season included a performance of the J. S. Bach Double Concerto with her mentor Jody Gatwood as well as a performance as soloist in Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4.

Ms. Horman won both the high school and college divisions of the National Symphony Orchestra's Young Soloists Competition. Since making her debut with the NSO as a Young Soloists winner, she has performed with in Europe with such orchestras as l'Orchestre de Meudon and l'Orchestre Regional de Paris. In the Washington metropolitan area, she has performed with the Fairfax and McLean Symphonies, the Prince Georges Philharmonic and the Amadeus Orchestra. She has also performed at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater and on its Millenium Stage series, at Constitution Hall and at the Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts. She has been featured on French-Swiss television and on American radio broadcasts.