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.
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.