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Ivo Janssen (Piano)

Born: 1963 - Venlo, the Netherlands

The Dutch pianist, Ivo Janssen, studied the piano with Jan Wijn at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. From 1986 to 1990 he was awarded a number of prizes among which the Jacques Vonk Prize, which allowed him to continue his studies abroad with a.o. Robert Levin.

Since his debut in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam in 1988 Ivo Janssen performs regularly in the Netherlands, and also in Germany, France, Italy, Australia and the USA. He has performed with musicians such as Heinrich Schiff, Nobuko Imai, Han de Vries and Charlotte Margiono. For Globe, he made a number of recordings including Johannes Brahms, Prokofiev, Frédéric Chopin's Preludes Op. 28 and Paul Hindemith's Ludus Tonalis, which the Hindemith Institute considered to be the best recording by far of this work.

In 1994 Ivo Janssen started a series of concerts which will eventually include performances and recordings of the complete keyboard works by J.S. Bach. In February 1998 the first CD in this series was released, on his own label VOID, which was especially started for this purpose. Meanwhile the first eight recordings of this cycle have been completed: Goldberg Variations (BWV 988), Toccatas (BWV 910-916), French Suites (BWV 812-817), Inventions and Preludes, the Well-tempered Clavier 1 and 2, English Suites (BWV 806-811) and Partitas (BWV 825-830). His toccata! project, that combines J.S. Bach's toccatas with toccatas especially written by a number of contemporary Dutch composers such as Louis Andriessen, Michiel Borstlap, Leo Samama and Christina Viola Oorebeek was received with much enthusiasm, in the Netherlands as well as abroad.

Recently Ivo Janssen has been performing regularly with the writer and poet Anna Enquist. Poetry recited by her is combined with a.o. F. Chopin and Robert Schumann. Their programmes have also been released on VOID Classics. Further recordings on the VOID label will continue to be released of works by composers such as Johannes Brahms, Debussy, Prokofiev, Simeon ten Holt and John Adams.

Source: Ivo Jansen Website
Contributed by
Aryeh Oron (November 2006)

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