Gabriel Kovach

(Horn ’99)

Gabriel Kovach has been principal horn of the Phoenix Symphony since 2006. He is also principal horn of the Glimmerglass and Artosphere festival orchestras; and previously served as principal horn of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. He has toured with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, sharing duties as principal and second horn; and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.

Mr. Kovach has participated in the Casals, Norfolk Chamber, Verbier, and Sarasota music festivals; the National Repertory Orchestra; and the Marlboro Music Festival and School, where he founded the Sonoro Winds with several colleagues. He has taught clinics and master classes for the Southwest Horn Conference; Interlochen Arts Academy; and Arizona, Arizona State, and New Mexico State universities.

In 2001 Mr. Kovach recorded the world premiere of Max Schubel’s Esquisses en désarroi with cellist Inbal Segev and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has been a featured soloist with the Phoenix Symphony, performing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 on two separate occasions.

Mr. Kovach holds a bachelor’s degree from the Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied with Myron Bloom; and a master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Julie Landsman and Jerome Ashby.