Joshua Kovach - Clarinet

Joshua L. Kovach was born into a musical family in Philadelphia. His teachers have included Mordecai Appelbaum, Donald Montanaro, David Weber and Ronald Reuben. Mr. Kovach received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in clarinet performance with honors from Temple University. He maintains an active teaching and performance schedule, having played with the Delaware Symphony, Lancaster Symphony, Richmond Symphony and American Ballet Theatre Orchestra. He has performed under such conductors as Luis Biava, Sir Neville Mariner, Yuri Temirkanov and James Levine. He was twice invited to perform with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra during their tours to Verbier, Switzerland. Mr. Kovach has a strong interest in contemporary music and has premiered many new works in both orchestral playing, and as a member of Chamber Music Now. He has performed chamber music with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra of which he has substituted. He is a frequent recitalist, having played in New York, Rock Hall, the Ethical Society of Philadelphia, and the Academy of Music Ballroom. Mr. Kovach can be heard on recordings for the Vox, Albany, Centaur, innova, New Focus Recordings and Warner Home Video labels. Mr. Kovach was appointed to the position of Clarinet instructor at West Chester University from 2003-2005. He performs regularly with the Harrisburg Symphony, and currently serves as Second Clarinet of the Reading Symphony Orchestra, and Second/Bass Clarinet with the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra. Mr. Kovach has also served as a judge for the Philadelphia Orchestra's Albert M. Greenfield student competition. Mr. Kovach enjoys performing as a member of Liberty Winds, a woodwind quintet that has travelled to Cuba, Guatemala and Nicaragua.