Masterclass with Janina Fialkowska
2023 Junior Festival
Date: June 13, 2023 10:00 am CDT
Venue: O'Donnell Recital Hall at SMU
Free to attend. No ticket required.
Four Junior artists will play for Janina Fialkowska, renowned pianist and Cliburn Junior jury chairman.
About Janina Fialkowska
For almost 50 years, 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).
Born in Canada, she began her piano studies with her mother at age 4, continuing on in her native Montréal 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” and laying the foundation for her lifelong identification with this composer.
Since then she has performed with the foremost orchestras worldwide under the baton of such conductors as Zubin Mehta, Bernard Haitink, Lorin Maazel, Sir Georg Solti, Sir Roger Norrington, and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. She has won special recognition for a series of important premieres, notably Liszt’s newly discovered Third Piano Concerto with the Chicago Symphony and several contemporary piano concertos. Ms. Fialkowska’s discography includes many award-winning discs, with major recognition including BBC Music Magazine’s 2013 “Instrumental CD of the Year” award and the Canadian JUNO Award in 2018.
Her native Canada has bestowed upon her their highest honors: Officer of the Order of Canada and the Governor General’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award in Classical Music (Canada’s equivalent to the Kennedy Center Honors), as well as three honorary doctorates. She passes on her wide musical experience in masterclasses and at her annual International Piano Academy in Bavaria, where she now resides, and makes frequent appearances as a juror of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions. In November, Novum Publishing (London) released her autobiography, A Note in Time.
Ms. Fialkowska previously served on the Screening Jury for the 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.