It takes more than one sentence to describe what exactly constitutes the Janoska style – simply listing all its biographical and artistical ingredients would take too long and wouldn’t do it justice. But what is it, exactly? Classical works in new arrangements, influences that extend into today’s music! One key element is the lost art of improvisation, especially based on classical music. The Janoska Ensemble creates new, never-before-heard synergies, bridges between the original and its modern interpretation paired with a fusion of improvisation and creativity: in short, the Janoska style.

“I was very impressed upon discovering the Janoska Ensemble with their unique sound combined with extremely high-quality virtuosic playing. Their exciting interpretations and creative arrangements in their own very individual style produce a very innovative and refreshing new approach to music-making. I wish them the great success that they deserve!” – Mischa Maisky, cellist

The four members of the Janoska Ensemble completely fulfill all the criteria of the “Janoska Style”: A solid classical education, decades of playing practice from childhood on, their drawing from a deeply rooted musical tradition, the highest level of technical perfection and a deep joy of playing and performing, including the art of free improvisation. All this makes the ensemble more than the sum of its parts, rather it is a perfectly well-balanced musical family of sorts.

The man on the double bass, Julius Darvas, doubles as the program’s MC. He describes the “Janoska effect”, as he calls the interaction during a concert, as follows: “The mood of the audience has a direct effect on our enthusiasm for playing, especially when it comes to improvisation: We give – we receive – we give more – we receive more … and it goes on and on. Then the energy begins to circulate properly in the concert hall!”


J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043 (Arr. Janoska Ensemble) – III. A