Joseph Horovitz

Austrian-born British composer and conductor Joseph Horovitz was born in Vienna on 26 May 1926 into a Jewish family which moved to England in 1938 to escape the Nazis.

He studied at New College Oxford then composition with Gordon Jacob at the Royal College of Music in London, and in Paris with Nadia Boulanger.

From his large and varied output, he is best known for the 1970 cantata Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo, to a text by Michael Flanders.

Joseph Horovitz died on 9 February 2022, aged ninety-five.


A selection of articles about Joseph Horovitz

Classical music news - Music, Migration and Mobility - Malcolm Miller previews a new exhibition in London about émigré composers

Classical music news. March 2022 Newsletter - Watch and listen to our March 2022 newsletter

In Memoriam – Joseph Horovitz (1926-2022) - Malcolm Miller writes about the British Vienna-born composer, conductor, pianist and teacher

Ensemble. Joyful Combinations - Patrick Maxwell listens to Britten, McDowall, Horovitz and James Bassi, performed by Janet Lincé and The New Choir

CD Spotlight. Sheer Joy - Som Howie's debut recital, recommended by Geoff Pearce. '... a lovely expansive open sound ...'

Ensemble. Festive Sparkle - A concert to celebrate the ninetieth birthday of composer Joseph Horovitz, reviewed by Malcolm Miller

Ensemble. The Finest of Them All - The 2012 Hereford Three Choirs Festival, reviewed by Roderic Dunnett

Ensemble. Youthful Talent - Contemporary music from the Guildhall Brass Band, enjoyed by Malcolm Miller

Ensemble. Satisfying the Quest - 'The Nightingale and the Rose' by Oliver Rudland, reviewed by Robert Anderson

Ensemble. Sparkle and Communicability - Joseph Horovitz's 80th birthday celebration, appreciated by Malcolm Miller