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Yamaha Artist Services New York & Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York Present an evening with Byron JanisView Now
“Byron Janis: American Legend” – Music Teachers National AssociationRead More
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The Union of Technology and Tradition: Making Music in the 21st CenturyView the Program
“The Roaring Twenties”: An Evening with Byron Janis & OthersRead More
Graduation & Ordination Ceremonies ProgramView the Program
Graduation And Ordination Ceremonies Program.
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17th Annual Heritage Dinner.
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Graduation Ceremonies Program.
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The Dr. Bernard Heller Prize.
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The Dr. Bernard Heller PrizeView the Program
Sony Classical Celebrates the 85th Birthday of the Legendary Pianist Byron JanisRead the Press Release
Byron Janis “The Chopin Collection,” Editorial Review – Amazon.comRead the Review
Byron Janis Lifetime Achievement Award – View Event Details
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· May 5, 2011
Byron Janis to appear at Cinema Arts Center in Huntington, NY on May 5 at 7.30 for screening of the Byron Janis Story and book signing.
Mr. Janis will be giving a lecture/music/video presentation, “A Voyage With Byron Janis”, at the Hofstra University at 2 p.m.
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The Byron Janis Story aired (A Peter Rosen Documentary) at 2pm & 7pm on KCET in Los Angeles, CA.
The Byron Janis Story aired (A Peter Rosen Documentary) at 11pm on KCET in Los Angeles, CA.
The Byron Janis Story aired (A Peter Rosen Documentary) at 8pm on WCET in Cincinnati, OH.
The Byron Janis Story aired (A Peter Rosen Documentary) at 2pm & 7pm on KQED in San Francisco, CA.
The documentary, “The Byron Janis Story” produced by Peter Rosen, will be aired on PBS station, WQED Pittsburgh and nationally thereafter.
Byron Janis gave a Master Class at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center from 1-4 p.m.
The great composer Frederic Chopin wrote, "I write beautiful music to cover all the ugliness in the world." Let us make the holidays into Holy Days by praying for and celebrating all the beauty there is in the world.—Frederic Chopin
"Great performers know how to compel attention not simply through the power of their playing but also through the intensity of their listening. This is the secret of a magical piano recital of Chopin's Mazurkas, Nocturnes and Waltzes by the pianist Byron Janis, who doesn't so much interpret dance forms and the bel canto style as muse about them. This is the first new recording in many years by an artist whose brilliant career was cruelly shortened by arthritis. If Mr. Janis has, understandably, avoided the more technically demanding pieces in favor of the simpler ones, his command of their unique palette of wistfulness reveals the fingers and spirit of a master."—Charles Michener,
"Limp with exhaustion when he finally withdrew backstage, Janis was congratulated by Prokofiev's widow. Said Tchaikovsky Prizewinner Vladamir Ashkenzy: 'I have never heard Prokiev played so brilliantly' "—Time Magazine
"Conductor Kondrashin was confident: ' I have now heard a pianist who can play three utterly different concertos with a perfect sense of style -- one of the greatest pianists of this age' "—Time Magazine
"In a day when contests are about as important to pianists as the tournament circuit to a tennis player, Pittsburgh's Byron Janis is a startling exception: he has never won or even entered a contest."—Time Magazine
"His interpretation of the Liszt was fantastic. He showed us once again, that he always possesses the keys that open the door to the dream"—Piere Petit
Byron Janis' Chopin was a miracle. He gave us the Ballade of visionary. He brought us into a swirling dream that we will never forget."—Piere Petit
"...Debussy, was represented by three preludes with the particular understanding and tonal command necessary for that composer's music for the piano."—John Raimo
"What a pellucid tone this pianist has! What elegance and beauty of sound!"—John Raimo
"The color and beauty of his tone is always with him"—John Raimo
"There are precious few of the world's virtuous who can equal his ability to give a piano recital which harks to the days when pianists were pianists. It has been a long time since Constitution Hall has heard such imaginative artistry from a pianist!"—Charles Crowder,
"Sometimes a thoroughbred sometimes a tight-rope walker, he is more often a romantic poet under the stress of pangs of genius!"—Clarendon, Le Figaro
“Mr. Janis glitters with the best of our time. A virtuoso performance to send shivers up and down audience spines!”—Thomas Willis,
“Nothing short of magnificent!”—Winthrop Sargeant
"The kind of virtuosity that is bound to bring cheers."—Harold C. Schonberg,
“Chopin’s own words perhaps describe him best. ‘Bach is like an astronomer who, with help from ciphers, finds the most wonderful stars. Beethoven infuses the universe with the power of his spirit. I do not climb so high. A long time ago, I decided my universe would be the soul and the heart of man.’ Chopin knew that climbing higher was not the only way to reach heaven.”—Frederic Chopin & Byron Janis
‘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.—ABC News/Health
…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.—USA Today
…his secret to playing for so many years despite the pain, he has one simple response – ‘It’s mind over matter.’—USA Today
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.—Le Croix
...This Chopin recital comes from another world.—Telerama
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.—YA, Madrid
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'—Harper’s Bazaar
—Chicago Tribune John Von Rhein
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—Philadelphia Bulletin
...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.—NYT, headline, Russians Acclaim Pianist Janis. Osgood Caruthers
“Truly a remarkable person, Mr. Janis pursues his passion through performing, composing and the advancement of music therapy.”—Charles P Melone, Jr. M.D
"…Byron Janis plays Chopin with an interior quality that pierces the heart…blinding with truth for those who can see the invisible…A Chopin where you will be forever changed."—LeMonde de la Musique, December 1996
" he has achieved a leval of excellence hardly excelled by Horowitz himself . Both men reached the summit of technical perfection. Janis has - in addition- his own kind of chiseled fire and dazzling command of every note he touches."—Philadelphia Bulletin
"This genial interpreter takes us away.... far, very far, in this mysterious universe, where music takes on its pure dimensions! If there is a pianist that merits being called a "magician", it is surely Byron Janis."—Figaro, (Paris)
"You don’t want to be a second Horowitz. You want to be a first Janis."—Vladimir Horowitz
"Byron Janis has been responsible for some of the most memorable pianism this reviewer has ever experienced."—John Von Rhein,
"In the ripe old age of 85, I think we have to keep the child in us because we're always looking for something new and exciting, never become jaded."