Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 7:30 p.m., Hudson Hall
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).
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.
The 2018/19 season sees Janina Fialkowska concertizing in England and Poland (two London recitals and a celebration of the Republic of Poland’s 100th anniversary with the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing the Paderewski piano concerto in London’s Barbican as well as in the award-winning Philharmonic Hall of Szczecin, Poland). She will also perform several recitals and orchestral concerts in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Spain. In spring of 2019 she will return to her native Canada for a tour in the provinces of Manitoba and Onatrio as well as later that year for a tour of summer festivals. A new recording of French piano music will appear in October on the ATMA Classique label. In September she will continue with the 6th edition of her own “International Piano Academy” in Bavaria and will be once again acting as a juror of the world’s most prestigious piano competitions.
Master Class (free and open to the public)
- March 11, 2020 Time and Location TBA
- Hudson Hall
Willamette University Music Department
Rogers Music Center
Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.