Halifax conductor to stun at music festival

A Halifax musician is to return to Yorkshire to conduct The Hallé Symphony Orchestra at the Ripon International Festival.

Born to Polish refugee parents, Janus Piotrowicz, who has conducted the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, lived in Copley and attended Salterhebble Primary School.

As a child prodigy, Janus made his début as a pianist at Huddersfield Town Hall at the age of five and won scholarships to Eton College at the age of 11 and the Warsaw Conservatoire when he was 17.

At the age of 20, he was a major prizewinner in the Warsaw International Chopin Competition and became known as the “Poet of the Piano” as his recitals of Chopin stunned audiences around the world.

Susan Goldsbrough, Director of the Ripon International Festival described Janus as a mesmerising and charismatic conductor.

She said: “He has an extraordinary communication with the musicians and almost becomes the music, his passion and meticulous attention to dynamics bringing out the music’s inner voices in vivid performances.”

As Founder and Artistic Director of the festival, now in its seventeenth year, Janus is looking forward to working with the orchestra to perform Verdi’s dramatic overture to La Forza del Destino, Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suites and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 2

Book tickets for the festival through Harrogate Theatre on 01423 502116 or visit www.riponinternationalfestival.com.