Dubbed "heaven’s trumpeter" by the Toronto-based ensemble Arraymusic, 26-year-old Amy Horvey is one of Canada’s most versatile and original emerging young trumpeters. With a repertoire which ranges from Morton Feldman to Giuseppe Torelli, her innovative performances are redefining Canada's trumpet recitals.
Born into a family of dedicated brass players in Cabri, Saskatchewan, Amy's fascination with the trumpet led her to the University of Victoria, where she studied with former New York Philharmonic principal trumpeter, Louis Ranger. She proved herself an outstanding soloist while studying in Victoria, winning the University's Concerto Competition, and gained valuable orchestral experience performing with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, where she received coaching and mentorship from America's leading brass pedagogue, Vincent Cichowicz. After her graduation from the University of Victoria, Amy studied at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto with Andrew McCandless, principal trumpeter of the Toronto Symphony.
From 2003-2005, Amy studied with André Heuvelman at the Rotterdam Conservatory, graduating with the highest possible honours. She also studied privately with Dutch trumpeter Marco Blaauw and followed courses in electronic music in Rotterdam. While living in the Netherlands she was the winner of the Jury Prize of the 2004 De Link Competition, premiered Philip Matuczewski’s Concerto for Trumpet, and performed in the Holland Festival’s production of John Taverner’s The Veil of the Temple. Exploring new performance approaches, Amy composed and performed the score to the dance work F’Dom, a collaboration with choreographer Agnija Seiko Sarulienne which toured the Netherlands, France and Lithuania.
Since her return to Canada in 2005, she has worked with a wide range of performance projects of the highest caliber, including collaborations with Soundstreams Canada and Arraymusic, with whom she performed at the National Arts Centre’s English Theatre.
In 2006, Amy toured Canada with “The Perspective of Disappearance”, a program of new music for solo trumpet sponsored by the Saskatchewan Arts Board. This program was featured at such venues as Open Space Victoria and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. At the invitation of jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas, she presented the program as a featured soloist at the 2006 Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York City.
Amy has worked with several major symphony orchestras, including the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Winnipeg Symphony, and currently holds a position with the Thunder Bay Symphony. She has commissioned works from many composers, including Marc Yeats, Cecilia Arditto, Christopher Butterfield, Isak Goldschneider, Ryan Purchase, and Anna Hostman. Current projects include a solo concert inspired by cornet soloist Edna White (1891-1992) and participation in both the 2007 Chosen Vale International Trumpet Seminar and the 2007 Lucerne Festival Academy.
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