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IVO JANSSEN

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Ivo Janssen

Period

1963 - current

Genre

classical, contemporary classical music, piano

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Ivo Janssen

“Glamour is foreign to him, and his sober, unpretentious performance is entirely in keeping with the lucid, pristine clarity that is characteristic of his interpretations.” (de Volkskrant, 08-16-05). Ivo Janssen is in great demand as a piano soloist and chamber music player. For many years, he has performed in ...
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Instruments

piano

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1993   Pauline Oostenrijk

Concerts & Festivals

by Podiuminfo / Festivalinfo

6/5/17, Openluchttheater Caprera, Bloemendaal

Biography Ivo Janssen

“Glamour is foreign to him, and his sober, unpretentious performance is entirely in keeping with the lucid, pristine clarity that is characteristic of his interpretations.” (de Volkskrant, 08-16-05). Ivo Janssen is in great demand as a piano soloist and chamber music player. For many years, he has performed in a duo with the oboist Pauline Oostenrijk, as well as with the saxophonist Arno Bornkamp. He performs in addition with Janine Jansen, Heinrich Schiff, Nobuko Imai, Han de Vries, Charlotte Margiono, and many others. Janssen’s interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach and the 'Ludus Tonalis' by Paul Hindemith, for example, were enthusiastically received in the Dutch and foreign press. He performs worldwide in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras.

1979 - 1987

Ivo Janssen (born 1963 in Venlo) studied with Jan Wijn at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam and took part in master classes, for example with Robert Levin.

1986 - 1990

Janssen enters various international piano competitions. He wins the Tromp Competition in Eindhoven and reaches the semifinals in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. He wins the Jacques Vonk Prize in 1987, the Elisabeth Everts encouragement prize and the Zilveren Vriendenkrans of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

1990 - 1991

Ivo Janssen organizes a chamber music series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in which such renowned artists as Heinrich Schiff and Nobuko Imai perform. The series focuses on music by Johannes Brahms and Paul Hindemith. The project gives impetus to his career and sets his image: Janssen is no everyday pianist.

Nobuko Imai

1994

Ivo Janssen begins a project to perform and record the complete keyboard music of J.S. Bach.

1998

Janssen begins the 'VOID Classics' CD label with Lynne Leegte, the main goal of which is to record Bach’s complete keyboard music. The first CD of the series, the 'Goldberg Variations', appears in February. “Indeed, Janssen's performance outclasses Glenn Gould's on Sony, long the only piano recording of the toccatas I could listen to.” (American Record Guide on the recording of the 'Toccatas').

1999 - 2000

Janssen begins the 'Toccata!' Project, which combines Bach’s toccatas with others written specially for the project by composers including Louis Andriessen, Michiel Borstlap and Christina Viola Oorebeek. The concept meets with international enthusiasm, and a recording of the programme is released by NM Classics.

Christina Viola Oorebeek Louis Andriessen Michiel Borstlap

2001 - 2003

Janssen and the author Anna Enquist make their first programme together for the Amsterdam Concertgebouw. Enquist gives readings of poetry and Janssen plays preludes by Frédéric Chopin. Other programmes follow, with prose selections and music by Schumann, Brahms and Debussy, among others. A number of the programmes are released on CD.

2003

In August, three successful concerts are given in a sold-out Amsterdam Concertgebouw in connection with the 'Bach+' project, in which Janssen performs Bach’s music together with works by Dimitri Shostakovich and Claude Debussy.

2007

Janssen makes the last recording in the VOID Classics’ Bach project; with the release of the 'Art of the Fugue', the project is completed.

2009

Ivo Janssen releases to the only recording to date of Simeon ten Holt’s 'Canto Ostinato' in a version for one piano. Ten Holt presents his memoires, with Janssen providing the music.

Simeon ten Holt

2011

The box with 20 discs with the complete collection of Bach recordings has been released in May. The tenth anniversary of the collaboration with Anna Enquist is celebrated with the new program 'De Uittocht'.

In the discography you will find all recordings that have been released listed chronologically. We restrict ourselves to the title, the type of audio, year of publication or recording, label, list of guest musicians, plus any comments on the issue.

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