Byron Janis and Maria Cooper Janis: "Chopin and Beyond"
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.
concert pianist and national spokesman for the Arthritis Foundation.
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: