Daria Janssen: The Bach Cello Suites Part 1 at Sigal Music Museum
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Ukrainian born, American cellist Daria Yevgenievna Titova Janssen is an active soloist, chamber musician, piano accompanist, teacher and scholar. First Prize winner of the 1997 International Music Competition “Виртуозы (Virtuosi) -2000” in St. Petersburg, Russia, 2009 Soloist Competition winner with Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No.1, winner of 2004 Honors Competition in a trio with pianist Paul Jacobs and violinist Dainius Poudjukas and a Diplomat of the 1998 International Music Competition “Concursul International de Muzica Jeunesses Musicales” in Bucharest, Romania, Daria first appeared as a soloist with the Kharkov Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of nine. In 2006, Daria took the stage at the V Carlos Prieto International Cello Competition in Morelia, Mexico, and in 1997 she was a semi-finalist in Tchaikovsky’s International Music Competition in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Daria began her cello and piano studies at the age of seven at the Kharkiv Special Music Boarding School in Ukraine and, later, in the Preparatory Department of the Longy School of Music, where she was a principal cellist of the Young Performers Chamber Orchestra, conducted by George Ogata. Since then, she completed five years as a principal rotation cellist at the Boston University Symphony Orchestra and was a substitute cellist for the Boston Ballet Orchestra.
As a Cello/Piano duo, Daria’s collaboration with pianist Paul Jacobs started in 2004, and their programs include works by contemporary composers, standard chamber music and the concerto repertoire, including premieres of new works by new composers and recordings.
In 2005, Daria founded the Nocturne String Quartet, whom had premiered an award-winning composer David C. Janssen’s String Quartet No. 1 (2009), followed by the premiere of his String Quartet No. 2 (2022). Daria has been collaborating with her husband, David Janssen, premiering, editing and recording his works as a cellist and pianist, while working together with violinists Bayla Keyes, Julia Glenn and violist Xi Yang and pianist Paul Jacobs.
Besides teaching and performing, Daria’s projects include the transcription of J.S. Bach’s 2nd Violin Partita for Solo-Cello, research work on the Dvořak’s Cello Concerto and a community outreach recital series with Cello Zoo for kids and adults of all ages as well as being a music series director/performer at NHC Health Care Nursing Home.
Over the years Daria’s primary cello teachers were professors I. D. Rojavsky, L. S. Nikulina, Terry King, Thomas Kraines, Mihail Jojatu, Michael Reynolds and Marc Johnson. She studied theory and harmony with one of the best students of Nadia Boulanger – Judith Ross, Richard Cornell, John Wallace and piano under Larisa Podpalnaya, Philis Asseta and Lyubov Shlain. Daria performed in Cello Masterclasses with Laurence Lesser, John Kaboff, Natasha Brofsky, Andrew Pearce, Kangho Lee, Joshua Gordon and Natalia Gutman.
Daria holds an Undergraduate Diploma with Distinction in Cello Performance from Longy School of Music, Bachelors of Music degree from Emerson College and Master of Music degree from Boston University, where she received an Honor Award for outstanding achievement in String Performance and Doctorate of Music Arts in String Performance.
Daria is a recent winner of the International Clara Schumann Competition, 2023 winner of London International and Beethoven International Music Competitions.
Currently, Daria is a director of Daria Janssen Music School, Double Bass faculty at the North Greenville University, a cellist at Greenville Symphony Orchestra as well as a conductor at the Greenville County Youth Orchestras. She lives in Greenville, SC with her husband, composer David C. Janssen, two daughters and son.