With his peerless technical mastery and intensely expressive playing, cellist Janos Starker was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2006-2007 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music as one of the world’s supreme musicians.
During his extraordinary career, he has appeared as recitalist and soloist with the world’s most prestigious orchestras and has become one of the most sought after virtuosi and teachers of our time. After almost five decades of appearing on concert stages worldwide, Starker now focuses his efforts on teaching. A Distinguished Professor at the Indiana University School of Music and a member of its faculty for nearly 50 years, his master classes have attracted string players from around the world. Starker was the first recipient of Indiana University’s Tracy M. Sonneborn Award, awarded for distinction both as a teacher and as a performing artist.
In his native Budapest, Starker began studying the cello at age six and by 11, was performing in public. He attended Budapest’s Franz Liszt Academy and later held positions of first cellist with the Budapest Opera and the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1948, he emigrated to the United States, where he subsequently served as principal cellist with the Dallas Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera, and the Chicago Symphony under Fritz Reiner.
Starker’s extensive discography includes more than 165 works. Releases on BMG’s RCA Victor Red Seal label include the Bartók’s Viola Concerto for cello, the Dvorák Cello Concerto, and Richard Strauss’ Don Quixote. Other recordings include concertos by Hindemith, Schumann, Elgar and Walton, Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro and Fantaisiestücke, as well as sonatas by Brahms, Debussy, Martinu, and Rachmaninoff. He re-recorded the Bach suites for BMG’s RCA Victor Red Seal label, a release which won a Grammy Award for the best instrumental solo performance in 1998.