Masterclass with Janis Laurs
Monday 20 March 2017
Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Sydney Conservatorium of Music offers you the opportunity to attend a masterclass with acclaimed cellist, Janis Laurs. You are invited to witness him working with talented students, workshopping techniques to perfect their craft in an ‘open lesson’ format.
Janis Laurs has been Principal Cellist of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra since 1996. A distinguished teacher, he is also Senior Lecturer in Cello at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, and cellist of the Elder Piano Trio.
Janis studied with James Whitehead at the Elder Conservatorium of Music and continued his studies with Pierre Fournier in Switzerland. From 1975 to 1982 he was cellist of the widely acclaimed New England Ensemble. He spent two years as Associate Principal Cellist with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra before moving to Adelaide as foundation cellist of the internationally acclaimed Australian String Quartet from 1985 to 1997. With both chamber music ensembles he made several recordings and toured extensively throughout Australia, Europe, Asia, Canada and USA.
As a soloist, Janis has played with various Australian Symphony Orchestras and has also played recitals and chamber music with many international and Australian pianists, other artists and ensembles throughout Australia and overseas.
Since the commencement of his career Janis has also shared his skills as a conductor, leader, tutor and artistic director with many professional and community groups, such as orchestras, choirs, summer schools, music camps and international music schools. In April 2008 he was founding Artistic Director of the extremely successful Adelaide International Cello Festival. This Festival was held again in 2011 and won the Arts SA Ruby Award for Best Event 2011. He was previously on the Board of the Australian Youth Orchestra, President of the SA Branch of AUSTA and founding Artistic Director of the Adelaide Youth Orchestra. He is currently on the Advisory Boards of the Australian Youth Orchestra and Australian Music Foundation.
- Free, bookings not required.