‘Arthritis has taught me to look inside myself for new sources of strength and creativity,’ he said. ‘It has given my life a new intensity. I have arthritis but it doesn’t have me.’
—Byron Janis, ABC
‘In may ways Byron was like an elite athlete who, despite his pain and damage to his joints overcame the arthritis, and can serve as a role model to many,’ said Dr. Steven Abramson, Professor of Medicine and Pathology and Director of the Division of Rheumatology at NYU Langone Medical Center.
…As a longtime supporter and ambassador for the Arthritis Foundation, one thing I emphasize most
is that if you’re truly passionate about something, you must keep trying no matter what. Almost
nothing is impossible with the right attitude.
…his secret to playing for so many years despite the pain, he has one simple response – ‘It’s mind
Byron has always lived in 2 worlds. His ability to ride the winds of music and slip over the barricades that separate how and what we experience here from other, more expanded worlds has been a source of strength as he faces the challenges of arthritis.
—Maria Cooper Janis
Byron Janis lets you hear Chopin…his interpretation is enough for our happiness until the end of time. The others cannot compare.
—The Journal of Geneva and Gazette of Lausanne
Janis bring us an experience like no one else. He touches the dangerous boundaries of the sublime…where I believe great art resides.
—Le Journal du Dimanche, Jean Cotte
...A Chopin where you will be forever changed.
—Le Monde del la Musique
...Byron Janis takes his place among the rare chosen ones again, amongst those who look behind notes if not for some new message at least the reflection of the soul, the breath of interior life.
...This Chopin recital comes from another world.
When last in Spain some years ago, we felt ourselves to be in front of a monster sacre…Today Janis, as much as being a stupendous pianist, is more than that – he is an exquisite musician.
At the Menton Festival last August where he was officially judged biggest box-office, passing Gillels, Richter and Kempff…Last week in Paris the triumph was total as, not since Bernstein attempted the feat, Byron Janis not only interpreted but conducted the Lamoureux Orhcestra Prokofieff’s Third Concerto, turning the prestigious Salle Pleyel wild over 13 curtain calls in a tribute the likes of which Paris has rarely seen.
—Time Magazine from Rademaekers, Paris
...the mystery is still a mystery; it happened in front of our eyes and ears, but one couldn’t see how it was all being done…Janis’ musical version of the ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame;’ the song ‘Like Any Man’ is more sophisticated harmonically than any thing heard on Broadway in years.
—The Boston Globe
Byron Janis – the extraordinary pianist whom the Russians, including composer Dimitri Kabalevsky, labeled, 'the American Richter'
He has been responsible for some of the most memorable pianism this reviewer has ever experienced.
He has achieved a level of excellence hardly excelled by Horowitz himself
...but the ovations accorded to Mr. Janis have surpassed those for the other American artists ... Mr.Janis virtually unknown here – achieved an even more stormy acclaim simply on the basis of technique and artistry.
►‘I started to write this book 10 years ago and I was not ready to take the onslaught,’ he says. ‘I will be called a fraud, but maybe some skeptics will turn. Now I don’t care what people are going to say about it. It is honest, true and it happened. We keep finding things that never could have existed and they exist. All progress is based upon repudiating laws.’