Summary: Janina Fialkowska, LL.D
Beloved the world over for her exquisite pianism, Janina Fialkowska has enchanted audiences
for over thirty years with her glorious lyrical sound, her sterling musicianship, and her profound
sense of musical integrity. Born to a Canadian mother and a Polish father in Montreal, Janina
Fialkowska started to study the piano with her mother at the age of five. Eventually she entered
the École de Musique Vincent d'Indy, studying under the tutelage of Mlle. Yvonne Hubert. The
University of Montreal awarded her both advanced degrees of "Baccalauréat" and "Maîtrise" by
the time she was only 17.
In 1969, Ms. Fialkowska's career was greatly advanced by two events: winning the first prize in
the Radio Canada National Talent Festival and travelling to Paris to study with Yvonne
Lefébure. One year later, she entered the Juilliard School of Music in New York, where she first
studied with Sascha Gorodnitzki and later became his assistant for five years.
In 1974, her career was launched by Arthur Rubinstein after her prize-winning performance at
his inaugural Master Piano Competition in Israel. Ms. Fialkowska has performed with the
foremost North American orchestras as well as with all of the principal Canadian orchestras. In
touring Europe and Asia, Ms. Fialkowska has appeared as a guest artist with such prestigious
orchestras as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, the Halle Orchestra, the
London Philharmonic, London's Philharmonia Orchestra, the BBC Symphony, the Royal
Philharmonic, the Scottish National Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, and the French and
Belgium National Radio Orchestras.