Paul Janes ranks as one of the finest and most versatile pianists of his generation. His performances have been praised for their intelligence, artistic sensitivity and technical brilliance. His interpretations of the Viennese classics and of early 20th century French music have been particularly acclaimed.
Born in Hampshire in 1968, he was a finalist in the 1986 BBC Young musician of the Year piano section and has been finalist and prize winner in international competitions including Casagrande (Italy), Dudley, AT & T, Istel and in 1992 won the Bryden Thomson Memorial Prize in the Scottish International Piano Competition.
He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music from 1986 to 1991, where he won all the major prizes including the Sir Thomas Beecham Medal and the Gordon Green Memorial Award and was awarded scholarships by the Countess of Munster, Ian Fleming and Martin Trusts. As winner of the Malcolm Sargent Award in 1990, he gave a performance of the Schumann Concerto with the London Mozart Players.
He received a Professional Performance Diploma with the highest mark hitherto awarded.
Principally taught by Renna Kellaway, Paul also took part in masterclasses with many distinguished pianists, including Pascal Roge, Charles Rosen, Arnaldo Cohen and Joachim Volkmann. A formative period was spent at the Academie Maurice Ravel at St Jean de Luz in France, where he worked with Aldo Ciccolini and gained the plaudits of French audiences for his performances of Ravel and Debussy.
He has developed a varied career, which has encompassed solo appearances, chamber music and teaching and has performed concertos at many of Britain’s major concert halls, including the Bridgewater Hall, Symphony Hall (Birmingham) and the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, working with conductors such as Yan Pascal Tortelier, Martyn Brabbins, Barry Wordsworth, Richard Hickox and Leonard Slatkin.
Over the years he has developed a long-standing relationship with the BBC Philharmonic, which has led to concerto performances and featured solo parts both in concerts and on CD. These have included Stravinsky’s Petrouchka at the Proms and works by Grainger, Yoshimatsu, Bax and Malcolm Arnold on CD.
Paul has worked with many outstanding chamber musicians, including Roger Chase, Steven Osborne, Robin Ireland, Zvi Zeitlin, Paul Silverthorne, Nobuko Imai, Li Wei and Rebecca Gilliver.
He has performed at the Manchester International Cello Festival, Lake District Summer Music and the Cheltenham International Festival, and appeared many times at the Wigmore Hall.
Paul is also a senior lecturer in keyboard studies at the Royal Northern College of Music Manchester and in 2005 was appointed as an examiner at the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music.