Joseph Lovinsky, principal horn and frequent soloist of the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, was appointed to this position by world renowned horn soloist Barry Tuckwell. Lovinsky, former principal horn of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” as well as The Army Orchestra, and The Army Brass Quintet in Washington DC, was also a frequent soloist with those ensembles. In 2013 Joseph Lovinsky left the military to devote more time to his students at the Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia, where he is a member of both the Faculty Brass and Wind Quintets. Joseph was horn instructor of the 2014 Music for All Summer Symposium at Ball State University and the 2016 Chamber Music National Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana. Joseph Lovinsky is a "Yamaha Performing Artist."
Born in New York City of Haitian parents, Joseph grew up in the Liberty City section of Miami Florida where he learned to play horn at Edison Middle School, Miami Northwestern High School, and the South Florida Youth Symphony. Before beginning formal horn studies at the age of 17, Lovinsky made his Carnegie Hall debut as solo horn of the McDonald’s All-American Band. Joseph studied at the famed Curtis Institute of Music which led the legendary James Chambers to appoint Lovinsky as his Horn Teaching Assistant at The Juilliard School. There Joseph was awarded the Irving Berlin Fellowship for Outstanding Orchestral Performance and the New York Philharmonic Music Assistance Fund Grant, before earning the Artist Diploma.
Subsequently, Lovinsky was appointed principal horn of the Miami City Ballet Orchestra, Israel Pops Orchestra, and National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, where he was a frequent soloist. Lovinsky also toured the United States with Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony (of the United States). Joseph has performed as guest principal horn with numerous orchestras, including the Chicago Philharmonic, Washington Ballet Orchestra, and the Richmond Symphony.
Joseph Lovinsky has performed in all 50 states, Europe, South America, and Asia, on many of the world’s greatest stages, from Carnegie Hall to the National Center for the Performing Arts Beijing. A versatile performer who straddles several musical genres, Lovinsky shared stages with a wide variety of artists, from Jessye Norman, Midori, Isaac Stern, and Yo Yo Ma, to Dizzy Gillespie, Barry Manilow, Josh Groban, and Usher. Some of Lovinsky’s media appearances include performances on NBC’s “Today Show,” NPR’s “A Prairie Home Companion” with Garrison Keller, CBS’s “Talk Philly Live,” and the Food Network’s “Emeril Live” and “Bobby Flay” shows.
A much sought after soloist and clinician, Lovinsky was a featured soloist at the International Horn Society Workshop and numerous music education conferences, including Mid West Clinic’s Final Grand Concert in Chicago. Lovinsky has presented recitals and master classes at major music schools including: University of Alaska Fairbanks, Baylor University, UCLA, Florida State University, Indiana University, North Carolina School of the Arts, Michigan State, Northwestern University, Puerto Rico Conservatory, and The Juilliard School, among others.
Professor Lovinsky maintains a studio of exceptionally gifted horn students and is founder/conductor of the Shenandoah Horns ensemble at Shenandoah Conservatory. There he continues the musical traditions received from his teachers Jerome Ashby, Myron Bloom, James Chambers, Peter Landgren, Philip Paul, and Robert Watt. Lovinsky is a Life Member of the International Horn Society and serves on the Curtis Institute of Music Alumni Council. Joseph continues to present “Play Without Limits” clinics while making solo appearances with orchestras and concert bands throughout the United States.