Joseph Banowetz

Joseph Banowetz

Joseph Banowetz has been described in Fanfare Record Review (U.S.) as "a giant among keyboard artists of our time," by Russia's News (Moscow) as "a magnificent virtuoso," and by Ruch Muzyczny (Warsaw) as "a virtuoso in the noblest sense of the word." He has been heard as recitalist and orchestral soloist on five continents, in over thirty-five countries, with guest appearances with such orchestras as Russia's St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the New Zealand Symphony (on a twelve-concert national tour), the Prague Radio Symphony, the Moscow State Symphony, the Barcelona Concert Society Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Shanghai Symphony, and the Beijing Central Philharmonic. In 1992 Banowetz was presented with the prestigious Liszt Medal by the Hungarian Liszt Society in Budapest. He is a Steinway Artist.¬

Banowetz has recorded over thirty-five recordings for the Marco Polo, Naxos, Warner Brothers, Toccata Classics, and Altarus labels. His recordings of music of Paul Kletzki and Mily Balakirev each received official finalist nominations for Grammy Awards in 2007 and 2010. Similar citations were given for Banowetz's recordings of Anton Rubinstein and Balakirev by the German Music Critics' Outstanding Record of the Year Award, and by Fanfare Record Review. His recordings of piano and orchestra works include all eight of those by Anton Rubinstein, as well as piano with orchestra works by Liszt, Tchaikovsky, d'Albert, Taneyev, Balakirev, Huang, and Kletzki. Banowetz has recorded with the Beijing Central Opera Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra of Moscow, the Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic, and the Slovak State Radio Orchestra.

Banowetz has had numerous piano editions released, a number of which have been world-premiere. Several have appeared in foreign language translations. His award-winning book The Pianist's Guide to Fingering (Indiana University Press) has to date been printed in seven languages. Banowetz has given lectures and masterclasses at such schools as Russia's St. Petersburg Conservatory, New York's Juilliard School of Music, London's Royal College of Music, the Beijing Central Conservatory, the Shanghai Conservatory, the Warsaw Chopin Academy, and the Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts. He has served as a jury member on such major competition juries as the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Master Competition (Israel), the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition (United States), the Hilton Head International Piano Competition (United States), the Los Angeles International Liszt Competition, the Scottish International Piano Competition (Glasgow), and the Antonin Dvořák International Piano Competition (Czech Republic).

Joseph Banowetz is a graduate with a First Prize in Piano Performance from the Vienna Academy for Music and Dramatic Arts. Among his teachers have been Carl Friedberg (a pupil of Clara Schumann's) and György Sándor (a pupil of Béla Bartók's). Currently Banowetz is Professor of Piano Performance at the College of Music of the University of North Texas.

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