Janet Scott Hoyt (piano) with guests: Stephen Bryant (violin), Sue Jane Bryant (viola), Tanya Prochazka (cello), Dennis Prime (clarinet)
"The title of Music Among Friends was chosen because this group of players has had a long history of making music together. These works are some of their favourites. The works on the program also reveal a theme of friendship. Brahms was a close friend of the Schumann family for instance.
Alberta-born pianist Janet Scott Hoyt is a performer and pedagogue with a wealth of experience on the concert stage and in the teaching studio. She completed postgraduate studies at the University of Alberta with Robert Stangeland, supported by numerous scholarships and awards. Further studies were done in Europe with Cecile Genhart and at The Banff Centre with Gyorgy Sebok and Menahem Pressler.
A highly sought-after collaborative pianist, she has performed with many internationally renowned artists during the course of her career. These include violinists Sydney Harth, Oskar Shumsky and Martin Riseley; flautists Robert Aiken and Jeanne Baxtresser; horn players Barry Tuckwell and David Hoyt; and cellists Shauna Rolston, Tanya Prochazka and Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi. Among her many performances are premières of works by composers Violet Archer, Srul Irving Glick, Malcolm Forsyth and Oskar Morawetz.
During the fall of 2005, she toured Europe playing concerts in Paris, London and Prague. An active recording artist, her recordings include a CD with her husband David Hoyt and violinist Erika Raum featuring horn trios by Johannes Brahms and Canadian composer Elizabeth Raum. Other CD projects are: “The Passionate Englishman” with cellist Tanya Prochazka; “From the Library of Joseph Szigeti” with violinist Guillaume Tardif, and “Inspiration” with Lidia Khaner, principal oboist of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Her most recent undertaking is a recording of the Brahms Sonatas for Piano and Violin with violinist Martin Riseley that was released in 2012.
In 1998, Janet Scott Hoyt joined the piano faculty at the University of Alberta where she supervises a graduate program in piano pedagogy. An award-winning teacher, her interest and expertise in educating young musicians results in frequent invitations from across the country for workshops, masterclasses and festival adjudicating.
When & Where
The University of Alberta Department of Music