"People to me are forces.
And then when people listen to this music they will become what the music is."
from Musical Atomization, Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Jana Luksts is a pianist fiercely dedicated to the performance of contemporary classical music. A proponent of esoteric idioms for piano, Jana finds purpose in realizing new works for the instrument. Most recently, Jana was the guest artist at the Delian Academy for New Music in Mykonos (Greece), and an invited artist at the Sound Symposium XIX in Newfoundland (Canada). Jana's 2017-18 season has featured a series of solo concerts, presenting the works of Aperghis, Spyrou, Erber and Finnissy, with venues including Ypsilon (Thessaloniki, presented by Ypsilon) and St. Andrew's Church (Toronto, presented by TO.U Collective for New Music). Other engagements have included a series of concerts in collaboration with the Contemporary Music Lab at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AuTh.) featuring works of past and current students, and alumni of the Greek Fulbright Program.
Jana has performed at the Musikiin Aika Festival (Finland), Internationale Fereinkurse für Neue Musik (Germany) and has performed as a member of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (hr-Sinfonieorchester), featuring Brian Ferneyhough’s rarely performed “Firecycle Beta”. In addition to this, Jana had the pleasure of giving a lecture recital on Complexism at the Manhattan School of Music during her 2016-17 season.
An advocate of new works by young Canadian composers, Jana’s collaboration with Caution Tape Sound Collective, “Quintile”, saw the premiere of four new works for two pianos, viola, percussion and bassoon this past year. Internationally, Jana had the privilege of commissioning a large-scale solo piano work from New York City based composer, George Katehis. “Orpheus I” was filmed and recorded at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City, and received several subsequent performances in Toronto, Finland and at the Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt.
Performance highlights from previous seasons have included the presentation of solo piano works by Pierre Boulez (France) at the Isabella Stewart Gardiner Museum in Boston, MA and the performance of chamber works by Phillipe Leroux (France/Canada) at The Music Gallery in Toronto, ON.
Jana’s involvement with contemporary classical music has allowed her to work in close proximity with composers such as Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Ferneyhough and Phillipe Leroux. In addition to this, Jana has participated in many esteemed solo piano masterclasses, with notable pianists Stephen Drury (New England Conservatory), Nicolas Hodges (Musikhochschule Stuttgart), Francine Kay (Princeton University), and Gereon Kleiner (Mozarteum Salzburg).
Jana completed her Bachelor’s in Piano Performance at the University of Toronto, under the tutelage of Jamie Parker (Gryphon Trio). 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.