KNOWN FOR PASSIONATE PERFORMANCES WITH IMPECCABLE ACUITY for color, textural balance and keen attention to detail, Dr. Kristie Janczyk is one of today’s young prolific American pianists. Playing since the age of three, Kristie is sought after around the world as a soloist, chamber musician and accompanist. She is consistently praised for her inspiration and flair by communicating the energy and musical impulses in the pieces, as well as for presenting programs full of confidence and passion that underscore her love for the piano.
A prizewinner of major competitions throughout the world, Kristie made her debut at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall as being named a first-prize winner (twice) in the American Protégé International Competition. She also was awarded second prize in the American Protégé Romantic International Competition. Other notable honors include two first prizes at the USOMC International Competition, first place at the Petroff Piano Competition, and first place in the Mid-Texas Symphony Young Artist Competition, where she performed Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Mid-Texas Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Mairs. Additional awards include placing in the top three finalists for the Contemporary Award at the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York City, second prize at the Aloha International Piano Competition, third and fourth prizes at the Los Angeles Liszt Competition, and semi-finalist in the Vladimir Viardo International Piano Competition. Kristie was also awarded honorable mention at the Joyce Dutka Arts Foundation Competition, Bradshaw and Buono Competition and the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition.
As a soloist, Kristie has appeared with the InterHarmony Internationales Musik-Festival in Carnegie Hall. She also performed with the Viva Vivaldi Festival Orchestra in Mexico City under the direction of Michael Meissner. Performances during this festival included a solo Bach recital at the Instituto Italiano de Cultura and eight concerts with the Meadows Trio. She performed for Prince Edward of England, as well as for the President of Latvia, the latter of which she performed the Bach D Minor Concerto in Wagner Hall with the Riga Chamber Orchestra in Riga, Latvia. She was also selected to perform in the Rising Stars concert held at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival. In addition, Kristie has performed with Lone Star Wind Orchestra, Garland Symphony, Las Colinas Symphony, Arlington Symphony, New Conservatory of Dallas, the Dallas Wind Symphony and Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado, under the direction of Arkady Fomin, and toured Germany, Poland and Czech Republic with the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. In April of 2011, she made her debut with the Mesquite Symphony (TX) under the direction of Roger Gilliam performing Gershwin’s Concerto in F. In May 2013, Kristie returned to perform Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 with Mesquite Symphony in May of 2013. Kristie is currently one of the pianists with Phoenix Symphony, on piano faculty at Napa Valley College, Artist in Residence Pianist with Lincoln Theater in Yountville, CA, along with Principal Pianist of Festival Orchestra NAPA and Symphony Napa Valley.
Kristie has participated in several renowned festivals including the Toronto Summer Music Festival & Academy, the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in New York City, Aloha International Piano Festival, Chetham International Summer Festival in Manchester, UK, Bosendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna, Austria, and the Beverly Hills International Music Festival in Los Angeles, CA. She was Principal Pianist for the Orchestra Institute at Napa Valley and also orchestral pianist for Russian National Orchestra during Festival del Sole, where she accompanied violinist Sarah Chang for the Barber Violin Concerto. Kristie was recently staff accompanist for the 2015 Cambridge String Academy in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Dr. Janczyk is the co-founder, personnel manager, and pianist for Steel & Ivory and Vintner’s Chamber Orchestra.
Kristie received her Doctorate in Music with a specialization in Collaborative Piano from Arizona State University. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University with a Master’s and Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance both under the direction of Alfred Mouledous.