Byron Janis - age: 94

Byron Janis

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ABOUT

Esteemed classical pianist who was equally adept at Beethoven, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, and David W. Guion.He revealed during a 1984 White House State Dinner in his honor that he had battled severe arthritis for most of his career.His admiration for Frédéric Chopin inspired him to create an internationally esteemed French film on the composer.

BEFORE FAME

He was a student at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Josef and Rosina Lhévinne.

PERSONAL LIFE

He was born to Russian-Polish Jewish parents. His mother insisted that he be educated in New York rather than at Carnegie-Tech University to which he had been given a scholarship by pedagogue Selmar Janson.

The meaning of the name Janis: God Is Gracious

FUN FACTS

Pianist Byron Janis were born on Saturday, in a leap year, birthstone is Aquamarine, the seaon was Spring in the Chinese year of Dragon, it is 82 days until Byron Janis next birthday.

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