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 as an Arnold R. Deutsch/Dorothy DeLay Scholarship recipient. Prizewinner of the Stulberg, Klein, Menuhin and Grumiaux International Competitons as well as the Juilliard Concerto Competition and the Yale Concerto and Chamber Music competitions, Ariel also received the Salon De Virtuosi Career Grant in 2017. As the founding director of The Heartbeat Project music education initiative on the Navajo Reservation, Ariel received “From the Top” Alumni Leadership Grants (2017-18) and the 2017 McGraw Hill-Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach. The Violin Channel praised Ariel’s artistic energy: “If they gave out prizes for attitude…we think we may have found the Olympic champion.”
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 at the Strathmore Music Center and Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, as well as with the Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra, Neue Philharmonie Westphalia, Raanana Symphonette, Terre Haute Symphony Orchestra, Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, New Albany Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, and the Doctor’s Orchestral Society of New York as well as numerous 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. A devoted chamber musician, Ariel has received guidance musicians including Ivry Gitlin, Joseph Lin, Daniel Phillips, David Finckel, Roger Tapping, Li Lin, Sarah Kapustin, Merry Peckham, and former teachers Mimi Zweig and Mauricio Fuks.
Ariel has enjoyed her position as concertmaster of the Yale Philharmonia since she began her degree at the Yale School of Music nearly two years ago. Notable contributions include her performance of the solo part in Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben with guest conductor David Robertson, and an upcoming performance of Brahms’ First Symphony for the Philharmonia’s season finale performance.
When Ariel is not making music, she enjoys dancing, eating macaroni and cheese, contemplating her place in the universe, snuggling with her niece and nephew, and making people laugh.