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Janina Fialkowska


For about 50 years 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 studied in her native Montreal with Yvonne Hubert, continued in Paris with Yvonne Lefébure and in New York at Juilliard with Sascha Gorodnitzki. In 1974, after her prize-winning performance at the inaugural Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition, Maestro Rubinstein became her mentor and personally launched the start of her career.

Since then she has performed with the foremost orchestras worldwide under the world’s leading conductors. 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. Canada has bestowed upon her its 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. On the occasion of her 70th birthday in 2021 her autobiography “A Note in Time” was published.