The Janoska Ensemble was founded by the three brothers Ondrej, Frantisek, und Roman together with their brother-in-law Julius Darvas. The Ensemble members hail from Bratislava and now live in Vienna.
All four musicians were introduced to classical music as young children by their highly musical family. They went on to receive their first-rate musical education at renowned music institutions under the guidance of world-famous teachers such as Boris Kuschnir, Pavel Vernikov, Peter Čerman and Alois Posch. Ondrej and Roman play the violin, Frantisek plays the piano and Julius the double bass. The members of the Ensemble enjoy worldwide acclaim today and are in great demand on account of their many performances not only as soloists but also together with their own ensemble and as members of other distinguished formations.
The members of the JANOSKA ENSEMBLE are united not only by their talent and family ties, but first and foremost by the musical vision they share. On the strength of their virtuosity and improvisation, the musicians are able to perform a wide-ranging repertoire extending from popular classics and own compositions to unique arrangements that cover genres such as gypsy, tango and pop. In their motley programme, they achieve a highly distinctive blend that conjures up the unmistakable ‘JANOSKA STYLE’. The members of the JANOSKA ENSEMBLE have received awards in numerous international competitions and are considered outstanding musicians of the younger generation. With their wide-ranging repertoire and their exceptional arrangements, they appeal to music lovers of all genres. It is precisely this stylistic diversity and variance that make the JANOSKA ENSEMBLE well worth listening to.
The Ensemble members perform at the world’s most renowned concert halls, including the New Yorker Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Suntory Hall, the Royal Albert Hall in London, Berlin Philharmonie, Wiener Musikverein and lots more. The Ensemble has shared the stage with great legends of the music world, including Bobby Mc Ferrin, B.B. King, Paco de Lucia, Angelika Kirchschlager, Felicity Lott, Natalia Ushakova, Michael Schade, Alan Tam as well as Conchita Wurst and Reinhard Fendrich.
By participating in ‘Projekt Hollywood in Vienna’, the JANOSKA ENSEMBLE has been delighting notable Hollywood composers such as Lalo Schifrin, David and Randy Newman with its arrangements and interpretations year after year. As part of Erwin Schrott’s ‘Rojo Tango’ live tour, the ensemble charmed audiences at the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna State Opera or Tonhalle Düsseldorf. ‘Rojotango live’ was recorded by Sony Music in Berlin.
Once a year, the Ensemble teams up with the Ford Company to organise a big charity gala for the ‘Licht ins Dunkel’ telethon in the Haydnsaal at Esterházy Palace in Eisenstadt, welcoming major-league guests, including Sir Roger Moore, Helmut Lotti, Mischa Maisky, Julian Rachlin, Ildikó Raimondi, Lidia Baich, Marika Lichter and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, just to name a few.
With its numerous music projects, the Ensemble delighted fans by stepping in front of the camera for the European TV production das Ensemble ‘The TEAM’ along with Sunnyi Melles.
The first CD of the JANOSKA ENSEMBLE will be released in Austria on April 1, 2016 and international on May 6,2016 by Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music.