Alexander Janiczek - violin
'Spellbinding' (the Guardian), 'truly astounding...a blistering performance' (the Herald), are typical of words with which the press attempt to describe both the heat of his skill on the instrument, and the deep-centered musicality that Janiczek brings to all his work.
Working these days in all the different roles available to a violinist - as director, soloist, chamber musician and professor - Janiczek's early musical life began in Salzburg, born into a musical family of Polish and Czech descent. Studying with Helmuth Zehetmair, Max Rostal, Nathan Milstein, Ruggiero Ricci and Dorothy DeLay, the young Janiczek won the National Competition of Austria at the age of nine.
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 the young artist, Végh appointed Janiczek as concertmaster of his Camerata Salzburg at the age of 20. As a result, from the very start of his career, Janiczek was both directing the orchestra, as well as performing, under Végh's baton, works such as the Beethoven Violin Concerto at the Salzburg Festival.
Since then, Janiczek has appeared as guest director with all of the notable chamber orchestras in Europe. With the Chamber Orchestra of Europe he toured extensively throughout Europe and the Far East, building close musical partnerships with other such distinguished artists as Mitsuko Uchida, as well as directing the COE, to great acclaim, in a disc of Stravinsky's Apollon Musagète and Pulcinella Suite. In 2015 he will appear throughout Spain directing the Orquestra Da Camera in concert with Martha Argerich. In 2016, he will both direct and conduct the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, in a programme that includes Berg's Lyric Suite and Dvorak Wind Serenade.
In 2011, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra appointed Alexander as Associate Artist, cementing an already extensive creative partnership, and recognising his significant contribution to the musical life of Scotland. Regular guest with Hebrides Ensemble, and past concertmaster of the SCO, Janiczek has appeared as soloist with the SCO's principal conductor Robin Ticciati, and continues to direct them on a regular basis, both in Scotland and abroad. From 2015, Alexander will also be Musical Director of the East Neuk Festival Retreat in Scotland, a new seminar for young musicians designed to facilitate intense musical study in a beautiful setting.
A distinguished recording artist, Janiczek's discography includes notable records such as the Beethoven Symphonies recorded live with La Chambre Philharmonique and Emmanuel Krivine, Sir Simon Rattle's disc of Mahler 8 with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and projects with Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra as part of the Berlioz centenary in 2003. With the SCO, Janiczek directed a highly respected series of Mozart and Weber recordings for Linn Records, Gramophone label of the year 2010.
Completing his encyclopaedic knowledge of the violin repertoire, Janiczek performs widely as a chamber musician. Invited by Mitsuko Uchida and Richard Goode to the Marlboro Music Festival, Janiczek has also appeared in chamber partnerships with artists such as Thomas Adés, Yuri Bashmet, Miklós Perényi, Heinz Holliger and András Schiff. In 2011, Janiczek and his duo partner, pianist Llyr Williams, completed their first cycle of Beethoven and Brahms Sonatas. Returning through the coming seasons to venues including London's Wigmore Hall and the Salzburg Mozarteum, the duo will also continue their cycle of Beethoven piano and Mozart violin concerti with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.
As the complete modern artist, Janiczek is notably committed to exploring 19th Century performance practice, an interest that was established during his years working with Sir Roger Norrington at Camerata Salzburg. In this field he works with fellow musicians and scholars Robert Levin, and Philippe Herreweghe. Founding his own group in order to further his work in this field, Janiczek's ensemble made its debut at Herrenchiemsee Festspiele in 2013.
Continuing the auspicious tradition of musical pedagogy from which he has inherited so much, Alexander Janiczek is a 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.
BBC Music Magazine
'highly enjoyable performance'more >>Hi-Fi News
'A spirited account of the Oboe Quartet is a bonus here.'more >>SA-CD.net
'A joy from beginning to end.'more >>Pizzicato
A glowing review from Pizzicatomore >>Audiophile Audition
'Alexander Janiczek plays the violin beautifully, and the Scots band backs him up all the way.'more >>International Record Review
'An enjoyable, well-considered recording.'more >>The Herald
'...led by violinist Alexander Janiczek in an enthrallingly intimate and conversational performance of a great piece...'more >>Early Music Review
'If only all the world's chamber orchestras had this approach!'more >>Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'...gracious warmth...'more >>Audio Video Club of Atlanta
"...the performance by Janiczek and company is a revelation."more >>plytoteka
'Na lamach Muzyka21 przedstawiamy kolejny album z Aleksandrem Janiczkiem w roli glównej...'more >>Klassik.com
'Erst kürzlich bezeichnete der Daily Telegraph das Chamber Orchestra of Europe...'more >>Independent on Sunday
"Warm, silky, flexible and lithe..."more >>