J.B. Steane: Singers of the Century, ii (London, 1998), 241–5
See Horecki, Feliks.
(b Warsaw, 18 Feb 1939). Polish conductor. He left Poland as a child with his German-born mother and was brought up in Germany, studying in Cologne with Sawallisch and later in Siena. He worked in the opera houses of Aachen, Düsseldorf and Cologne, and made his London début with the Cologne company at Sadler’s Wells in 1969 in the first British performances of Henze’s Der junge Lord. He was principal conductor at Hamburg, 1969–74, where he took over Penderecki’s The Devils of Loudun and conducted its recording (1970, asDie Teufel von Loudun); he was subsequently music director at Freiburg, 1973–4, and Dortmund, 1975–80. Janowski made the first digital recording of the Ring with the Dresden Staatskapelle (1984), which was much praised for its sustained momentum and sense of line. Following his American début in San Francisco in 1983 and his Metropolitan début the next year in Arabella, he conducted further performances of Wagner, in Paris and Chicago.
Janowski’s concert career has included work with the Liverpool PO, where he was guest conductor, 1980–83, and artistic adviser, 1983–6. In 1984 he was appointed chief conductor of the French Radio Nouvel Orchestre Philharmonique, and from 1986 to 1991 he was the musical director of the Gürzenich Orchestra in Cologne. In 1999 he was chosen to take over as musical director of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo (from 2000).