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For Immediate Release


Byron Janis, Legendary Virtuosic Pianist,
To Serve As Mentor At VSA International Young Soloists Program

Who:   Legendary virtuoso, Byron Janis will serve as a mentor at the VSA International Young Soloists Awards. Mr. Janis will share his experience and wisdom with the four award recipients.
What:  VSA is the international organization on arts and disability and an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts. Since 1984, the VSA International Young Soloists Award Program has annually recognized young artists with disabilities from all over the world who demonstrate exceptional music talent.
More:  Byron made his orchestral debut at age 15 with Toscanini's NBC Symphony Orchestra and the following year was chosen by Vladimir Horowitz as his first student. At 18, he became the youngest artist ever signed to a contract by RCA Victor Records. Two years later, in 1948, he made his Carnegie Hall debut which was hailed as an unparalleled success. He has played with every major symphony orchestra in both the U.S and abroad. In November of 2011, Byron Janis became a Yamaha artist and launched the unprecedented new technology of Yamaha's Disklavier CFX Piano. He has also been appointed as the first Presidential Advisor to the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute. Byron was most recently presented with the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute (YMWI) Lifetime Achievement Award. He also received an Official Proclamation from his Honor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announcing May 30th as Byron Janis Day. Mr. Janis has also released, The Chopin Collection, in 2012 on EMI Classics and is scheduled to release, Live From Leningrad, in Summer 2012.
Where & When: Sunday, June 17, 2012
Millennium Stage @ John F. Kennedy Center of the Performing Arts
Washington, DC

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