This series generously sponsored by Bonnie and Norbert Kraft.
For over 40 years, concert pianist Janina Fialkowska has enchanted audiences and critics around the world. She has been praised for her musical integrity, her refreshing natural approach and her unique piano sound thus becoming “one of the Grandes Dames of piano playing” (Frankfurter Allgemeine, 2015).
Born in Canada, she began her piano studies with her mother at age 4 continuing on in her native Montreal with Yvonne Hubert. In Paris she studied with Yvonne Lefébure and in New York at the Juilliard School with Sascha Gorodnitzki, experiencing the best of both French and Russian piano traditions. Her career was launched in 1974, when the legendary Arthur Rubinstein became her mentor after her prize-winning performance at his inaugural Master Piano Competition, calling her a “born Chopin interpreter” laying the foundation for her lifelong identification with this composer.
Her native Canada has bestowed upon her their highest honors: “Officer of the Order of Canada”, the “Governor General’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award in Classical Music," as well as three honorary doctorates. She passes on her wide musical experience in master classes and at her annual “International Piano Academy” in Bavaria, where she now resides and and makes frequent appearances as a juror of the world's most prestigious piano competitions.
2016 marks her 65th birthday which she will celebrate by giving a year-long “Birthday Celebration Tour", performing several times in the UK, Germany and Poland, but also playing concerts in Japan, Spain, Portugal, Austria and about 30 concerts in Canada.
All Chopin repertoire to follow.
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2016/17 4-Concert Great Artist Music Series
Nov. 11/16 Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano
Jan. 20/17 Han Chen, piano
March 23/17 Janina Fialkowska, piano
April 27/17 Luca Buratto, piano
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