Jana Luksts is a pianist fiercely dedicated to the performance of contemporary classical music. A proponent of esoteric idioms for piano, she finds purpose in realizing new works for the instrument.
As a performer, she aims to address the current and prospective role of the piano in the 21st century. Jana’s programming seeks to thoughtfully explore elements of electronic media integration, speech and movement, complexism, and the innovative usage of traditional techniques.
Jana holds upcoming engagements at the Klangspuren Festival für Neue Musik with IEMA Ensemble (Austria), DiMenna Center for Classical Music presented by meta.ξ (NYC), and Internationale Gesellschaft für Neue Musik Bern (Switzerland).
In the Spring of 2019, Jana held solo engagements at Orf Radio Kulturhaus in Vienna (Austria), the “Emergents” series at The Music Gallery in Toronto (Canada), and was the 2nd Prize Winner at the 2019 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, held in Brandon, MB (Canada).
Jana was the guest artist at the 2018 Delian Academy for New Music in Mykonos (Greece), where she performed the opening concert, comprised of works for solo piano. In addition to this, she had the privilege of running the Experimental Collaboration Workshop, which culminated in a concert of multidisciplinary and solo piano works by selected participating composers. Jana performed both solo and collaboratively as a guest artist at 2018 Sound Symposium XIX in St. John’s, Newfoundland (Canada).
From March to June 2018, Jana ran a workshop on writing new works for piano, in conjunction with the Contemporary Music Lab at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece). This workshop culminated in the performance of participating composers’ works, at Space Lab in Thessaloniki.
Other engagements during the 2017-18 season have included a series of concerts, featuring the works of Michael Finnissy, James Erber, Alexandros Spyrou, Georges Aperghis, George Katehis, Zesses Seglias, and Dimitris Maronidis. Supporters and presenters have included the Contemporary Music Lab at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Ypsilon (Thessaloniki), TO.U Collective (Toronto), Fulbright Greece, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Delian Academy for New Music.
Jana has performed at the Musikiin Aika Festival (Finland), Internationale Fereinkurse für Neue Musik (Germany) and has performed as a member of the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra), featuring Brian Ferneyhough’s rarely performed “Firecycle Beta”.
Jana’s involvement with contemporary classical music has allowed her to work in close proximity with composers such as Michael Finnissy, Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough and Philippe Leroux.
Jana is currently pursuing her Masters Neue Musik under the tutelage of renowned contemporary pianist Nicolas Hodges at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst Stuttgart (Germany).
Jana completed her Bachelor’s in Piano Performance at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of Jamie Parker. During her four years at the University of Toronto, Jana maintained a high level of both musical and academic performance, being awarded the Alice and Armen Matheson Full Scholarship, as well as the Women’s Arts Association of Canada Graduating Scholarship.
Playing both piano and violin from a young age, Jana completed her Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 10 in Violin with Ken Stromberg, and her Royal Conservatory of Music ARCT in Piano with Elizabeth Wocks in Kelowna, British Columbia.