Amy Beth Horman, violin
American violinist Amy Beth Horman began studying the violin at age five. She won both the high school and college divisions of the National Symphony Orchestra's Young Soloists Competition, and at age 16 made her National Symphony debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington. At 17, she withdrew from high school to compete for a place in the doctoral program at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. Among an international field of applicants, she won the highly coveted Premier Prix in Solo Violin at that level; within two years she had completed the Third Cycle for Solo Violin under the tutelage of Gerard Poulet.
In 2000, Ms. Horman won the Deane Sherman Award as one of Maryland's most promising young artists. In 2001, she was awarded the Amadeus Career Grant by the Amadeus Orchestra, with whom she is now regularly featured. With the Amadeus last season, she performed Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 as well as Bach's Double Violin Concerto with her mentor and former teacher, Jody Gatwood.
In 2003, Ms. Horman gave a recital with renowned pianist Brian Ganz at Strathmore Hall. She also made a critically acclaimed debut with the Fairfax Symphony. The Washington Post 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...."
In addition to playing solo recitals this season, Ms. Horman is performing the concertos of Barber, Nielsen, Brahms, and Mendelssohn with several orchestras in the mid-Atlantic region. Her recent duo recital with acclaimed soprano Rosa Lamoureux at Strathmore Hall brought down the house. Her appearances are always eagerly anticipated: The Washington Post has hailed her as "having the stuff of greatness."
April 17, 2004