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Detroit loses a bass player of 49 loyal seasons

maxim janowsky

Communicated message:

The entire DSO family mourns the loss of bassist Maxim Janowsky. Max performed with us for nearly 50 years after joining the orchestra in 1964, and was an active educator at Wayne State and Oakland universities. We extend our deepest sympathy and warmest wishes to his family.

Official bio:

Maxim Janowsky joined the DSO in September 1964 following a four-year post with the Hartford Symphony and performances with the Connecticut Opera orchestra. Born in Hartford, CT, Janowsky studied at the Tanglewood Institute, Interlochen Arts Academy and the University of Hartford. His principal teachers have included Fred Zimmerman of the New York Philharmonic, George Moleux of the Boston Symphony, and his own father, Isador Janowsky, who was Principal Bass of the Hartford Symphony.

An active teacher, Janowsky has taught at Wayne State and Oakland universities. His article, “Theme and Variations,” which discusses the application of the Galamian Violin Method of effective practicing to the study of the bass, was printed in the International Society of Bassists’ Magazine in 1984. He also lectured on the subject at the 1984 International Society of Bassists Convention.

Also very interested in gourmet cooking, Janowsky has studied in Paris at two of the world’s most famous cooking schools: Cordon Bleu and La Varenne. At Cordon Bleu he received a diploma in Pastry and at La Verrenne he focused on French Provincial cooking and fish cookery. He has also attended classes at the Escofier Cooking School at the Ritz.

UPDATE: Sunday funeral arrangements here.

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  1. Leonard Slatkin says:

    A life well lived and filled with passion, love, music and food. He will be sorely missed.

  2. I am deeply saddened to read this….I was a student of Max Janowsky ‘s all through out my high school years
    .His teaching methods left a huge impression on me.Simply put, he was the best teacher I ever had.
    Thank You Max,RIP

  3. Jack Budrow says:

    Max Janowsky was a high quality person,dedicated to music, the Double Bass and the Detroit Symphony
    Max was also a dedicated teacher who spent hundreds of hours teaching other people how to play his instrument
    Max was also a dedicated humorist who could make almost anyone have a better day
    Bravo to you Max!

  4. I will always associate Max with wonderful food and good times. God speed Max, and healing thoughts to your and yours…

  5. Orin O'Brien says:

    Max Janowsky was a dear friend and colleague, a wonderful musician, a witty raconteur, a great cook — the list could go on and on. He also was a great teacher who cared for his students as people and guided them in their paths to professional life. He gave master classes in New York to my students, and I will always treasure his philosophical sense of humor and his friendship. Thank you, Max, for being an inspiration and a friend.
    Orin O’Brien
    And thank you, Alex Hanna, for the kindness of your phone call last night, to break the news to me gently.

  6. I will miss Max. I appreciated his mix of seriousness and joy as well as his intensity and dedication in what he did. I played in Detroit as a youngster and look back on him now as a mentor, an example of how to not only play the bass but to live a full life.

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