Few violinists working today can equal the intellectual and musical breadth of Alexander Janiczek. “Spellbinding” and “truly astounding” are typical words with which the press describe both the heat of his skill on the instrument and the deep-centred musicality that he brings to all his work.
Alexander works in all the different roles available to a violinist – as director, soloist, chamber musician and professor. International attention first came to be focussed on Janiczek as a result of his work with his legendary teacher, Sándor Végh. A profound and formative mentor to Janiczek, Végh appointed him as concertmaster of his Camerata Salzburg at the age of 20.
He has since appeared as guest director with all of the notable chamber orchestras in Europe and tours extensively throughout Europe and the Far East. Alexander is equally drawn to performance praxis and has toured with Robert Levin, Ton Koopman, Philippe Herreweghe, the Orchestra of the 18th Century and Dresden Festival Orchestra.
Alexander performs widely as a chamber musician. Invited to the Marlboro Music Festival by Mitsuko Uchida and Richard Goode, Janiczek has also appeared in chamber partnerships with artists such as Thomas Adés, Miklós Perényi, Heinz Holliger and András Schiff.
Janiczek is Professor of Violin at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He plays the ex-‘Sorkin’ Giuseppe Guarneri, del Gesù, Cremona 1731, on loan to him from the National Bank of Austria.
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Wed 27 June, 4pm, Elie Church Hall | c.65 mins | £15 / £5
Programme announced from the stage
Sat 30 June, 11.30am, Kilrenny Church | c.70 mins | £20 / £15 / £5
Mendelssohn String Quintet No 1 in A, Op 18 | Brahms Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op 115
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“…an absolute master of his chamber music craft… electric performance… another fine night for chamber music” The Herald
“What jaunty lightness and suppleness, what precision and elegance” Oberbayerisches Volksblatt
“… truly astounding… a blistering performance…” The Herald
“… his performance touched the magnificent” The Scotsman
“… Janiczek proved an ideal soloist… spellbinding” The Guardian
“… that fine and articulate violinist Alexander Janiczek…” David Nice, ArtsDesk
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