Eighteen-year-old violinist Ariel Horowitz cannot remember life before loving music. Winner of the Silver Medal and Audience Choice Award at the Stulberg International String Competition (2013), The Violin Channel praised Ariel’s artistic philosophy: “If they gave out prizes for attitude…we think we may have found the Olympic champion.” This season, Ariel continues her studies with Itzhak Perlman and Catherine Cho at The Juilliard School as a recipient of the Jerome L. Greene Fellowship. She performed as a soloist with the Raanana Symphonette Orchestra (Israel), the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra (USA), and the Carmel Symphony Orchestra (USA).
Ariel has appeared as a soloist in the US, China, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Brazil, and Argentina. In the 2012-13 season, Ariel was chosen as a Junior Division competitor of the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition for Young Violinists, where she received the Morningside Music Bridge Young Artist Award and was featured in the Gala Finale Concert Hand-Over Ceremony at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China. She performed as a soloist and chamber musician with the Indiana University Virtuosi on both a ten-city tour of Argentina and Brazil and at Carnegie Hall. Additionally, she collaborated with Maestro Raymond Harvey at the Stulberg International String Competition’s Midsummer Night’s Gala Concert and with pianist Christopher O’Riley on National Public Radio’s From the Top.
Community service is a central part of Ariel’s artistic commitment. Ariel co-founded the student-initiated group Sonatas Stopping Starvation and was a performer and speaker in their benefit concert at The Juilliard School’s Morse Hall for The Food Bank for New York City (2013). She performs annually for the Leisure World Senior Living Community in Maryland, and in the Children Helping Children benefit concerts to collect resources for Georgian orphans. Ariel was a featured performer in the 2009 fundraising concert for the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio, and took part in her high school’s two-week Community Service Trip in 2010.
Ariel has participated and performed in summer music festivals such as The Keshet Eilon International String Mastercourse, Mozarteum Salzburg Summer Academy, Morningside Music Bridge, Orford Music Festival, Indiana University Summer String Academy, and Ferme de Villefavard. She has studied with Mauricio Fuks, Mimi Zweig, and Li Lin, and has received additional instruction from artists such as Shmuel Ashkenasi, Ivry Gitlis, Vadim Gluzman, Joshua Bell, Edward Auer, Mark Kaplan, Miriam Fried, Karen Gomyo, and Jaime Laredo.
When she is not making music, Ariel loves to read, write, spend time with her friends, family, and two dogs, and eat chocolate.
Ariel on Julliard Violin Concerto Competition.
On January 22, Ariel took part in the Juilliard Violin Concerto Competition in New York City where she won the second prize. She performed the Glazunov Violin Concerto with pianist John Root. Ariel was the youngest competitor in the finals!
Ariel has been invited to perform in Kfar Saba, Israel and Sardinia, Italy in March 2015. Back home she will perform with the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra in Miami.