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Byron Janis

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Byron Janis (given birth to 1928) became perhaps one of the most excellent of his era of American pianists before his profession was cut brief by disease. At age 7 he was taken up to New York, learning to be a pupil of Adele Marcus, after that of Joseph and Rosina Lhévinne. In 1943 he produced his professional debut playing Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 using the NBC Symphony Orchestra in NY, with Frank Dark performing. In 1944 he repeated exactly the same concerto in Pittsburgh with 13-year-old Lorin Maazel performing the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Vladimir Horowitz is at the target audience, and subsequently asked Janis to review with him. After that Janis embarked on an effective career like a concert pianist, including a 1948 tour to SOUTH USA, along with a 1952 tour of European countries. In 1960 Janis was selected as the 1st American artist to become delivered to the Soviet Union, starting a newly created Cultural Exchange between your USSR and america. The effect was an excellent Mercury Living Existence LP that’s an all-time traditional, pairing the Rachmaninov First and Prokofiev Third concertos. Aided by exemplary audio documenting, the Prokofiev specifically is still considered by many connoisseurs because the work’s finest documented interpretation. In 1995 the Compact disc edition received the Cannes Honor for Greatest Reissue. He interrupted his profession in the past due ’60s in the onset of a sickness, and briefly resumed it in 1972. Quickly nevertheless, his concert looks became more uncommon. In the mean time, in 1967 he previously found out the manuscripts of two previously unfamiliar Chopin waltzes in Paris, and in 1973, two variants of these, also in Chopin’s hands, in the Yale Library. This resulted in a 1978 French tv documentary, Frédéric Chopin: A Voyage with Byron Janis, where he detailed the down sides in identifying the authentic variations of Chopin’s music. In 1985 he was asked to perform in the White colored Home. On that event he publicly disclosed the type of the condition that experienced hampered him for pretty much twenty years: psoriatic arthritis influencing his wrists and hands. The disease had not avoided him from carrying on to try out piano well, nonetheless it often managed to get impossible to try out to his previous high standard. For the time being, he devoted a lot of his energy to teaching, composing, and humanitarian issues. He became Ambassador from the Arts for the Arthritis Basis, frequently playing in fund-raising concerts. He’s Chairman from the Global Discussion board Arts and Tradition Committee. He made up the musical theme for the Global Discussion board on Human Success in Oxford, Britain, held Apr, 1988. With lyrics by Sammy Cahn, it became the tune The One Globe. Janis’s music can be primarily within the Pop design, and carries a musical edition from the Hunchback of Notre Dame. In 1989 he constructed the rating for Turner Network Television’s 1989 main documentary on Gary Cooper. He’s for the faculty of Manhattan College of Music, and functions on the Panel and Music Advisory Committee for Pro Musicus, a global organization specialized in helping young performers.

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Full Name Byron Janis
Profession Pianist
Education Juilliard School
Nationality American
Spouse Maria Cooper
Music Songs Etude in E, Totentanz, S. 126, Like Any Man, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no. 1 in F-sharp minor, op. 1: II. Andante, Etude in G, Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Mazurka in F Minor, Op. Posth., Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 - 2. Adagio sostenuto, Waltz in E minor, Piano Concerto No. 1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 1: II. Andante cantabile, Impromptu No. 1 in A-flat, Prelude no. 6 in E-flat major, op. 23, Toccata in D Minor, Op. 11, Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30: III. Finale. Alla breve, Prelude in C-sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2, Liebestraum No. 3 in A flat, Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54: I. Allegro affettuoso, Scherzo No. 3 in C-sharp minor, Quasi variazioni, Novellette in F, Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 - 1. Allegro ma non tanto, Paraphrase de concert sur Rigoletto, S. 434, The Miller's Dance, Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor, Op.30 - 2. Intermezzo, Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 - 1. Moderato, Rachmaninov: Prelude in E Flat Major, Op.23, No.6, Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 - 3. Allegro scherzando, Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition - for Piano - The Great Gate Of Kiev, Guion: The Harmonica Player, Prokofiev: Toccata, Op.11, Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV643: Prelude: Moderato
Albums Piano Concerto no. 2 / Piano Concerto no. 3 / Prelude in C-sharp minor / Prelude in E-flat major, Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3; Prelude in E flat etc., Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, op. 30, Byron Janis Plays Chopin, Les grandes oeuvres classiques : « Concerto pour piano No. 1 » de Serge Rachmaninoff, Classical - Piano Giants, Vol.10, Liszt: Totentanz, Les grandes oeuvres classiques : « Concerto pour piano No. 3 » de Serge Rachmaninoff, Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1, Byron Janis and Kiril Kondrashin vs. Byron Janis and Fritz Reiner (Compare 2 Versions), Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 and Encores, Schumann: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor op. 54; Liszt: Totentanz, Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Byron Janis Plays Frédéric Chopin, Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue - Grofé: Excerpts from Grand Canyon Suite (Mono Version), Byron Janis Live on Tour, Byron Janis Plays Liszt And Rachmaninoff, True Romantic: Chopin & Liszt, Liszt: Totentanz; Rachmaninoff: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in F-sharp minor op. 1, Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Byron Janis), Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Op. 30, Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 / Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.1, Rachmaninov Third Piano Concerto, Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; de Falla, Guion, Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto Nos. 2 & 3, Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3, The Legendary Concerto Recordings, Piano Concertos nos. 1 & 3, Prokofiev & Rachmaninoff: Piano Concertos, Liszt: Totentanz / Rachmaninov: Concerto 1 - Janis, Byron Janis Plays Blue Danube and Other Favorites, Rachmaninoff Concertos Nos. 1 & 3, Prokofiev: Piano and Orchestra (Vol. 2), Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 & 3, Prelude Op. 23 No. 6 and Prelude Op. 3 No. 2, Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Versions for piano & for orchestra) etc., Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Works, Byron Janis - The RCA Recordings 1950-1959, Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 51: Byron Janis II, Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 50: Byron Janis I, Rachmaninov: Concerto No. 3, Vladimir Ashkenazy vs. Byron Janis (Compare 2 Versions), Beethoven: Sonata No. 17 for Piano in D Minor, Op. 31, No. 2 ("Tempest") - Schubert: Impromptu No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Allegro from Impromptus, D. 899 (Op. 90), Byron Janis: The Early Recordings (Bach, Liszt, Chopin), Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4, Sergei Rachmaninov vs. Byron Janis (Compare 2 Versions), Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3, Byron Janis vs. Van Cliburn (Compare 2 Versions), Rachmaninoff: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in D minor op. 30, Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major op. 53 'Waldstein' & Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major op. 109, Chopin: Sonate No. 3 in B Minor, Byron Janis vs. Dinu Lipatti (Compare 2 Versions)
Movies Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen


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1 Has a son, Stefan Janis (born 1955) with ex-wife, June Dickson Wright.
2 Pianist and composer.
3 Son-in-law of Gary Cooper and Sandra Shaw.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Les vendredis d'Apostrophes 2015 TV Movie documentary performer: "Concerto pour piano no1"
The Secret Life of Uri Geller 2013 TV Movie documentary performer: "David's Star" / writer: "David's Star"
The Byron Janis Story 2010 TV Movie documentary music: - as Janis / music: "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini", "Songs Without Words", "The Banjo", "Scenes from Childhood", "Sonata", "Impromptu in A-Flat, Op. 29", "Concerto #2 in C Minor, Op. 18", "Waltz in A-Flat, Op. 34", "Prelude #6 in E-Flat, Op. 23", "Toccata in C, Op. 11", "Piano Concerto #1 in B-Flat Minor", "Rhapsody in Blue", "Piano Concerto #1 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 1", "Piano Concerto #3 in C", "Piano Concerto #3 in D-Minor", "Waltz in G-Flat, Op. 70", "Waltz Bril
Hannibal Rising 2007 performer: "Prelude in A Minor BWV 543"
Harmoniques 1998 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
The Ed Sullivan Show 1965 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Writer

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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pro Musicis: The Spirit of Music 1992 TV Special documentary written & narrated by

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cooper and Hemingway: The True Gen 2013 Documentary original music

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Secret Life of Uri Geller 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Byron Janis Story 2010 TV Movie documentary Pianist / Music performed by
Pro Musicis: The Spirit of Music 1992 TV Special documentary Pianist / Composer
Discorama 1965 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1965 TV Series Pianist
The Bell Telephone Hour 1962-1963 TV Series Himself - Pianist / Himself

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Harmoniques 1998 TV Series documentary Himself

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