Mr. Janss has collaborated in concert with a long list of iconic artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Kim Kashkashian, Paul Neubauer, Lynn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Wu Han, Jeffrey Kahane, David Shifrin, Pepe and Angel Romero, and members of the American, Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard, Shanghai, and Takács String Quartets. He has also performed alongside chart-topping performers such as Mary J. Blige, Estelle, Florence Welch, Erykah Badu, Kurt Elling, and The Roots.
Andrew Janss began his training on the cello at age ten with cellist Andrew Cook, and continued at the Manhattan School of Music, studying cello with David Geber, and chamber music with Sylvia Rosenberg and David Soyer. He graduated in May 2006 with the Hugo Kortschak award for outstanding achievement in chamber music. In 2011, Andrew was accepted to the prestigious Artist Diploma program at the Manhattan School of Music, where he graduated in 2012 with the Kreuter Foundation Musical Awards.
In recent seasons, Mr. Janss was reengaged as a soloist by the New West Symphony and the Astoria Symphony. He made chamber music debuts with the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York and Camerata Pacifica, whom he joined for a five-concert tour of Southern California. In March 2012 he was invited to serve as guest principal cellist of the world-renowned Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
From 2005-10, Mr. Janss was the founding cellist of the Escher Quartet, one of the most highly acclaimed string quartets of its generation. The quartet was in residence at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center as part of Chamber Music Society Two from 2007-10. During his tenure, the quartet made its debut at the [email protected], Ravinia, Santa Fe, La Jolla Summerfest, Caramoor, and Gold Coast chamber music festivals.
Andrew is respected nationally as a teacher and coach. He has given masterclasses at Tulane University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Idaho. During the 2007-08 school year, Mr. Janss was Visiting Lecturer in Residence at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, working closely with the famed resident Emerson String Quartet. He is the youngest faculty member in the history of the School of Music.
Mr. Janss is Assistant Artistic Director of the Omega Ensemble, a chamber music series in New York City that promotes young artists in the beginning stages of major careers. He is a regular Artist Faculty member of the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival.