Janice Webster


2009-2010 Season

Janice Weber's New York recital debut, performed under the pseudonym Lily von Ballmoos, was an early indication of the eclecticism and fluency for which she has become known. 

A summa cum laude graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Miss Weber has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, National Gallery of Art, and Boston's Symphony Hall. She has appeared with the Boston Pops, Chautauqua Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Hilton Head Orchestra, Sarajevo Philharmonic, and Syracuse Symphony in concertos of Hanson, Sowerby, Stenhammar, Bernstein, and Leroy Anderson as well as the standard repertoire. She has performed at the Bard, Newport, La Gesse, Husum, and Monadnock summer festivals and has twice toured China under the auspices of the American Liszt Society. 

Her interest in the uncommon avenues of the piano literature led to a world premiere recording of Liszt's 1838 Transcendental Etudes. Time Magazine noted, "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."

Her recordings include Rachmaninoff's complete transcriptions; with the Lydian Quartet, Leo Ornstein's vast Piano Quintet; flute and piano works of Sigfrid Karg-Elert; and waltz transcriptions of Godowsky, Rosenthal, and Friedman. 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 disc subsequently won the International Liszt Prize. Her 2002 Naxos recording of Leo Ornstein's radical piano works received significant acclaim in both the American and European press. She is also heard in Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time. 

Miss Weber's performances during contemporary music week at Tanglewood led to her association with the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble in New York and Alea III, in residence at Boston University. As a member of the Boston Conservatory Chamber Ensemble, she has played a wide-ranging repertoire. With Ilya Kaler, she recently performed all of Beethoven's violin sonatas.

She is a member of the piano faculty at Boston Conservatory and teaches at Brandeis University. Miss Weber produced the tones for Ivory, the worldwide bestselling virtual piano software. A devotee of works by Michael Finnessy, Andrew Violette, Lowell Liebermann, William Bolcom, and Leo Ornstein, she also has a soft spot for the transcriptions of Godowsky, Friedman, Backhaus, and Earl Wild. 

Miss Weber is a Steinway artist.