Obituary: Austrian-born British Composer Joseph Horovitz Dies at 95

By Chris Ruel
Photo: Wolfgang Jud

Opera magazine has reported the Feb. 9, 2022 death of composer, conductor, and teacher Joseph Horovitz.

Born in Vienna, Horovitz attended New College, Oxford, and the Royal College of Music. Among his many teachers was Nadia Boulanger, with whom he spent a year of study in Paris. He had been a Professor of Composition at the Royal College of Music since 1961.

The composer/conductor’s first post was as music director at the Bristol Old Vic in 1950. His many awards include the Commonwealth Medal (1959) and Gold Order of Merit (1995), given by his home city of Vienna. Horovitz also has the honor of being the first Jewish composer commissioned by the choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

His works comprise 12 pieces for orchestra; 13 works for winds and brass; nine film and television scores; a combined total of 12 ballets, operas, and other vocal compositions; and 10 pieces of chamber music.

Horovitz was 95.