Hailed by the New York Times for his “muscularity and shimmering lyricism”, “insightful musicianship”, and “sumptuous elegance”, cellist Andrew Janss’ performances have been enjoyed across five continents in venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, The Sydney Opera House, and the Louvre Museum.
Mr. Janss has collaborated in concert with a long list of iconic classical artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Lynn Harrell, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, and members of the American, Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard, and Takacs String Quartets. As a member of the Solera Quartet, Mr. Janss was a winner of the 2017 Pro Musicis International award. The Solera’s 2018 debut album Every Moment Present was described as “intoxicating” by the New York Times. Previously, Mr. Janss was the founding cellist of the Escher Quartet while they were in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as part of Chamber Music Society Two.
Mr. Janss is also a sought-after arranger and performer in pop and rock genres. He has performed alongside chart-topping performers such as Bruce Springsteen, Lana Del Rey, Mary J. Blige, Florence + the Machine, Erykah Badu, Kurt Elling, and The Roots. The premiere of his arrangement of Pink Floyd’s iconic album Dark Side of the Moon (for singer, string quartet, and drummer) at Levitt-MacArthur Park in Los Angeles was attended by over 5,000 people and has subsequently been performed across the United States.
Andrew tours and records for the groundbreaking band Break of Reality both in the United States and as cultural ambassadors for the US Department of State’s American Music Abroad program. Recent tours have taken the band to Brazil, Haiti, Montenegro, as well tours across Central and East Asia, collaborating with local musicians and composers in each of the countries they visit.
Janss has served as Guest Principal Cellist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and tours extensively as a chamber musician with the Mark Morris Dance Group, with highlight performances of new choreography in Boston, Chicago, New York, Seattle, Miami, New Orleans, and internationally in China, Italy, and Australia.
Respected nationally as a teacher and coach, Mr. Janss was a Visiting Lecturer in Residence at the State University of New York at Stony Brook during the 2007-08 school year, working closely with the resident Emerson String Quartet. He has given masterclasses at Notre Dame University, Dartmouth College, Tulane University, Virginia Commonweath University, and the University of Idaho.
Mr. Janss is the Co-Director of Project: Music Heals Us, a Connecticut-based non-profit organization that brings healing and inspiration to people who don’t have easy access to the arts. In its first five years, PMHU has given over 200 free concerts and workshops in hospitals, hospices, food pantries, prisons, and refugee camps.