Janice Weber is a summa cum laude graduate of the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Cécile Genhart and Eugene List. Following graduation, she continued her studies in New York with Nadia Reisenberg and was a fellowship student at Tanglewood for two summers.
She has appeared with the American Composers Orchestra, Boston Civic Symphony, Boston Pops, Chautauqua Symphony, New Hampshire Symphony, Sarajevo Philharmonic, Sarasota Pops, and Syracuse Symphony. Her solo performances have been at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, Weill Hall, National Gallery of Art, Boston’s Symphony Hall, the 92nd Street Y, Merkin Hall, and the Newport Festival.
She has toured Yugoslavia, Turkey, and the Baltic States under the auspices of the US Information Service. At the invitation of the American Liszt Society, she recently presented recitals and master classes in Beijing, Shenyang, Xian, and Chengdu, China.
Her interest in the uncommon avenues of the piano literature led to a world premiere recording of Liszt’s 1838 Transcendental Etudes. Time Magazine wrote, “Liszt later simplified these pieces into the still ferociously difficult Transcendental Etudes (1852 version) for fear that no one else could play them. There may now be several fire-eating piano virtuosos who can execute the original notes, but few can liberate the prophetic music they contain as masterfully as Janice Weber does here.”
Miss Weber is a member of the piano faculty at the Boston Conservatory and regularly performs with the Boston Conservatory Chamber Players. She is a contributor to the Musical Times (London), Clavier, and other music publications. She has been an adjudicator for the National Endowment for the Arts and has served on juries for the Gilmore Foundation, the American Piano Association, the Boston Amateur Pianists Competition, and the Hilton Head International Competition.
Her eclectic recordings include Rachmaninoff’s complete transcriptions (IMP); with the Lydian Quartet, Leo Ornstein’s vast Piano Quintet (New World Records); flute and piano works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert; and waltz transcriptions of Godowsky, Rosenthal, and Friedman (IMP). For VAI, Miss Weber recorded Liszt’s last Hungarian Rhapsody, one of only two living pianists to be included in a compendium of historic performances by nineteen legendary artists. This recording subsequently won the International Liszt Prize. Her recording of Leo Ornstein’s amazing piano works was released by Naxos in June 2002 to significant acclaim in both the American and European press. Her recording of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time will soon be available on Ongaku Records.
Her third novel, Frost the Fiddler (St. Martin’s Press) was chosen a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. She has written two screenplays and is currently at work on her sixth novel. For more information on Ms. Weber, see her web site at http://www.janiceweber.com/