Remembering Byron Janis

The Pro Musicis family remembers legendary pianist Byron Janis

The world knows Byron as a brilliant pianist, and rightly so. Byron was blessed with an extraordinary gift for music and his performances are legendary… READ MORE

Photos and text from memorial service

An Announcement

Pro Musicis USA is closing. On January 25, 2024, the Pro Musicis Foundation, Inc.—based in New York City since 1969—filed a “Voluntary Petition for Dissolution of Not-For-Profit Organization with No Assets and No Liabilities” with the New York State Attorney General.

This action resulted after the Board of Directors and the Executive Director had explored other options, and then decided to close—primarily for financial reasons—on June 8, 2023… READ MORE

May 4, 2023 Concert in Honor of John Haag, for 32 years of dedicated service

On behalf of the board, Bonnie Barrett, chair, thanked John for keeping Pro Musicis together over the years; for organizing concerts, auditions and gala events; and for his devotion to the artists who perform beautiful music for all. Inna Faliks and Andrew Janss offered video tributes. Stephane Jutt, Molly Carr, Jon Klibonoff, Alexandria Le and Irina Muresanu performed works by Schubert, Poulenc, Franck and Gershwin. John thanked all present, adding “I am deeply confident that in every generation there will emerge artists who—to quote Father Merlet—will make alive for all humanity the experience of beauty.”

Cello and Piano Concert in Review, November 30, 2022 | Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

It was exciting to review cellist Alexander Hersh, winner of the 2022 Pro Musicis International Award, as Pro Musicis has such an excellent track record; having now heard this winner’s recital, I can say that this awardee is no exception. Though Mr. Hersh, as the winner of Pro Musicis, tends to get “top billing,” one would be remiss not to give equal credit in all duos to the superb collaborative pianist, Victor Asuncion. Incidentally, this concert marked the 100th Pro Musicis recital in Weill Hall, a great milestone to reach. By Rorianne Schrade for the New York Concert Review | Read the full review

Voice and Piano Concert in Review
October 11, 2022 | Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

“The two voices blended and were well matched, Ms. Merdinian’s strong mezzo balancing Ms. Grimaldi’s higher but equally rich soprano … the always excellent pianist Mr. Fodere accompanied Ms. Merdinian … the brilliant pianist Mr. Bushakevitz flew through the difficult Rachmaninoff passages with panache.” Read the full review

Press Release: Alexander Hersh wins the 2022 Pro Musicis Int’l Award

Cellist Alexander Hersh won the 2022 Pro Musicis International Award at the finals in New York City on March 21, 2022. His program included Debussy’s Sonata for Cello and Piano in D minor, Sollima’s Lamentatio, and Paul Wiancko’s Microsuite, commissioned by Pro Musicis…

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Solange Merdinian

Mezzo-soprano Solange Merdinian in Review
December 15, 2021
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

“Ms. Merdinian was ‘in the zone.’ The energy she radiated filled the hall and fired an already enthusiastic audience. Her voice was hauntingly beautiful. What sets her apart from most is her remarkable versatility. Whatever style she is singing in is completely compelling as if it is her ‘main’ style.” —Jeffrey Williams for New York Concert Review

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Rachel Schutz

Soprano Rachel Schutz in Review
November 8, 2021
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall

“Weill Hall was the venue for yet another fine offering from Pro Musicis, featuring soprano Rachel Schutz. … Sincerity is the word that I believe best describes Ms. Schutz’s approach. … Her virtuosity was indisputable and made quite an impression on this listener … The audience rewarded Ms. Schutz with a well-deserved standing ovation. Let’s take a moment to offer kudos to the excellent pianist Timothy Long, who was an outstanding collaborator and a force in his own right.” —Jeffrey Williams for New York Concert Review

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photo of Robert Fleitz

Pianist Robert Fleitz in Review
Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall
October 18, 2021

“Pro Musicis presented pianist Robert Fleitz in a highly auspicious debut at Weill Hall, continuing their established tradition of presenting outstanding musicians on prominent world stages as well as in charitable venues. … Apart from his programming gifts, Robert proved to be an excellent pianist in diverse repertoire. … He has the gift of being able to deeply internalize his music while projecting equally well his vibrant conceptions. … I would hear a Robert Fleitz concert again in a heartbeat.” —Rorianne Schrade for New York Concert Review

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Gaspard Dehaene in Review

Gaspard Dehaene in Review

“French pianist Gaspard Dehaene played a demanding program with great technical facility, keen intellectual probing, and sensitivity to harmony and color.”
Frank Daykin, New York Concert Review
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NOVA Guitar Duo in Review

NOVA Guitar Duo in Review

November 19, 2018

“With this pairing there is a oneness of musical thought which makes them a rare find.” — Rorianne Schrade, New York Concert Review read more…