Stratford Summer Music


Janina Fialkowska

A musician at the peak of her powers 

... there is something soulful about her aristry with everything coming from a place of integrity ... although her virtuosity is boggling - her musicianship transcends mere technical athleticism ... the sound was always warm, generous and dazzlingly coloured ... her playing is vibrant, daring, intellectually curious and continuously evolving ... Fialkowska shows she's in prime form with dazzling display - Ottawa Citizen, July 29, 2016 (Birthday Celebration Gala at the International Ottawa Chambermusic Festival) 

For over 40 years, concert pianist Janina Fialkowska has enchanted audiences and critics around the world. She has been praised for her musical integrity, her refreshing natural approach and her unique piano sound thus becoming “one of the Grandes Dames of piano playing” (Frankfurter Allgemeine, 2015). 

Her native Canada has bestowed upon her their highest honors: “Officer of the Order of Canada”, the “Governor General’s 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award in Classical Music” (Canada's equivalent to the US Kennedy Centre Awards), as well as three honorary doctorates. She passes on her wide musical experience in master classes and at her annual “International Piano Academy” in Bavaria, where she now resides and makes frequent appearances as a juror of the world's most prestigious piano competitions. 

Program Repertoire:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
Sonata No.8 in A Minor, K.310
Allegro Maestoso
Andante cantabile con espressione
Germaine Tailleferre: Impromptu in E Major
Gabriel Faure: Nocturne No.4 in E-flat, Op.36
Francis Poulenc: Intermezzo in A-flat Major
Claude Debussy:
Poissons d’or from Images Book Two
Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir
from Préludes Book One
Maurice Ravel: Sonatine
Mouvement de menuet
Frederic Chopin:
Scherzo No.3 in C-sharp Minor, Op.39
Nocturne in E-flat Major, Op.55, No.2
Mazurka in G Minor, Op.67, No.2
Mazurka in D Major, Op.33, No.2
Mazurka in B Minor Op.33, No.4
Ballade No.4 in F Minor, Op.52

Assisted with gifts from:

Jack and Lore Brown

Frances O'Malley and Paul Toner

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Saturday August 3 | 7 pm

The Avondale

$30 | $50 + HST (+$5 at the door)



Janina Fialkowska and the Chamber Players of Canada - Mozart Piano Concertos 13-14