Janina Fialkowska

Janina Fialkowska began her piano studies with her mother, continuing on in her native Montreal with Yvonne Hubert. In Paris, she studied with Yvonne Lefebure and 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 Piano Master Competition in Tel Aviv.

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 Nezet-Seguin, to name one of the younger generation.

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 award-winning discs, such as the BBC Music Magazine’s 2013 “Instrumental CD of the Year" award.

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 makes frequent appearances as a juror at the world's most prestigious piano competitions.

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