Principal Horn - H. Barry and Lucy V. Holt Arts and Education Fund Chair
Gabriel Kovach, born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, is active as both a chamber and orchestral musician. Mr. Kovach has been Principal Horn of the Phoenix Symphony since 2006. Previously, he has held positions as both the Principal Horn of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. During the summers he travels to
Cooperstown, N.Y. as Principal Horn of the Glimmerglass Opera Festival. He has served as Principal Horn of the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa Canada, under the direction of Pinchas Zukerman. Additionally, he has toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, sharing duties as Principal and Second Horn. Mr. Kovach also continues to perform with the Philadelphia Orchestra as an active member of their substitute pool and joining them for tours of Asia in 2005. In 2008 Gabriel Kovach was named as an Endorsing Artist for Conn-Selmer.
Along with his orchestral duties, Mr. Kovach has been a member of many prominent festivals. For three consecutive summers he was a participant of the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont where, during the summer of 2003, Mr. Kovach and four of his colleagues founded the Sonoro Winds, making their debut performance at the 92nd street Y in Manhattan. Additionally, he has participated at the Norfolk, Sarasota, Verbier(Switzerland) and Casals Festivals. Also enjoying an active teaching role, Mr. Kovach has given clinics and masterclasses at universities such as New Mexico State University, The University of Arizona, Arizona State University and The Interlochen Arts Academy.
In 2001 Mr. Kovach had the honor of being invited to record a world premiere with the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Esquisses en désarroi, rhapsody for cello, french horn & orchestra, with cellist Inbal Segev and composer Max Schubel.
Recently Mr. Kovach has begun the exciting process of developing his own line of French Horn mouthpieces, through master craftsman David Houser at Houser Mouthpieces. And, after the culmination of a 2-year project, a newly designed Triple Horn with master horn builder Jim Patterson at Patterson Hornworks. It is this combination that Mr. Kovach uses on stage and in concert.
After being awarded a Bachelor's degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Myron Bloom and Barry Tuckwell, Mr. Kovach received his Masters Degree at The Juilliard School, studying with both Julie Landsman and Jerome Ashby.