Byron Janis and Maria Cooper Janis: "Chopin and Beyond"

Byron Janis at Thoiry Trunk - Courtesy Wiley

Byron Janis at Thoiry Trunk

Courtesy Wiley

Byron Janis and Maria Cooper Janis: "Chopin and Beyond"

He was a child prodigy, then an international superstar in the classical music world. But arthritis nearly ended his career. Concert pianist Byron Janis talks with Diane.

At age four, Byron Janis was recognized as a musical prodigy. He studied with Vladimir Horowitz and made his Carnegie Hall debut as a concert pianist at twenty. He was the first American artist sent to the Soviet Union as part of a cultural exchange. He went on to become an international superstar in the classical music world, despite a childhood injury left him unable to bend his pinky finger. A severe case of arthritis did not stop his career. Today, as a spokesman for the Arthritis Foundationm, he conducts “mind over matter” workshops for children with juvenile arthritis. Byron Janis comes to the studio with his wife, Maria Cooper Janis, to discuss his extraordinary experiences in music and life.

Guests

Byron Janis

concert pianist and national spokesman for the Arthritis Foundation.

Maria Cooper Janis

artist, filmmaker and author of "Gary Cooper Off Camera:

Listen to Excerpts of Janis's Performances

Chopin Waltz in E Flat

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #3

Read an Excerpt

From "Chopin and Beyond: My Extraordinary Life in Music and the Paranormal" by Byron Janis. Copyright 2011. All rights reserved. Excerpted by kind permission of Wiley:

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