Legendary Classical Pianist, Byron Janis, Passes Away At 95

The world-famous classical pianist Byron Janis has passed away, sadly. He was ninety-five years.

The American artist passed away on March 14. He was regarded as one of the finest pianists of all time and had a reputation for performing in Russia during the Cold War between the US and Russia. On Sunday, Byron’s wife, Maria Cooper Janis, who is the filmmaker Gary Cooper’s daughter, verified his passing on social media and his website.

A picture of the deceased pianist was posted by Cooper Janis, along with a message written “To Our Musical Family.”

Born Byron Yanks on March 24, 1928, outside of Pittsburgh, the classical artist showed promise as a child piano prodigy.  The artist made his orchestral debut with Arturo Toscanini’s NBC Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15, and at the age of 16, he became the first pupil to study with Vladimir Horowitz at the Pittsburgh Symphony, according to his official website biography.

At the age of eighteen, he became the youngest performer to ever land a record deal with RCA Victor. He debuted at Carnegie Hall at the age of 20. The musician is survived by Maria, his spouse. He had one child, Stefon, who was born into his first marriage to June Dickson Wright. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2017.

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