Thursday 17 January 2019

Teenage musical prodigy is January Cork Person of the Month

Bill Browne

A teenage musical prodigy, hailed as one the finest young Irish musicians of his generation, has become this year's first recipient of the prestigious Cork Person of the Month award. 

Despite being just 17-years-old, Kevin Jansson's list of achievements is as long as it is impressive, with the young man giving his first piano recital at the tender age of 12. 

Just one year later he made his concert debut during the Cork International Choral Festival, performing Mozart's Piano Concerto in D Minor with the CIT School of Music Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Dr Geoffrey Spratt.

In 2014 Kevin was among 12 young pianists selected from across the globe to participate in the Allianz Lang Lang Foundation Music Cam in Barcelona, which culminated in master-class with the celebrated Chinese pianist Lang Lang. 

He has also attended master classes across Ireland and Europe, playing for many other eminent pianists and teachers including Alexei Grynyuk, Joseph Moog, Pavel Neressian, John O'Connor, Ewa Poblocka, Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy and Andreas Weber.

In 2016 Kevin, from Wilton, was the youngest participant and joint winner of the Thierry Scherz prize at the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad Festival in Switzerland. This led to him releasing his debut piano solo CD the following year under he Swiss Cleves record label, with the album being officially launched as part of the Cork Fleischmann Symphony Orchestra concert in Cork City Hall. 

Kevin has played at numerous Irish festivals, several times at the National Concert Hall and as a guest performer at the Dinard Music Festival in France. Last November he travelled to the 'Big Apple', making his debut at the world-famous Carnegie Hall with the New York Concerti Sinfonietta. 

Equally proficient on the violin, Kevin has won five international competitions on both piano and violin and is the joint current holder of the National Concert Hall of Ireland Young Musician's Award for Strings and he has been named as leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland for 2018.

The Person of the Month/Year awards organiser, Mallow-man Manus O'Callaghan, said Kevin was a "thoroughly deserving" winner of the January award. 

"Over what has been a very short period of time, Kevin has forged a deserved reputation as one of the finest young musicians of his generation. The many awards he has won and the accolades he has received at such a young age speaks for itself," said Mr O'Callaghan. 

"There is no doubt but that Kevin has a very bright future ahead and I look forward to seeing him perform at the world's greatest music venues over the coming years," he added. 

Kevin's name will now go forward with the other monthly winners for possible selection as the 2018 Cork Person of the Year, the winner of which will be unveiled at a gala awards next January.