Jando, Jeno (2/01/1952 )

Jenő Jandó is one of the most prolific artists in the history of classical music recording. He is also one of its most appreciated and admired. Jenő Jandó is a professor at the Liszt Academy Budapest.

The Hungarian pianist has won a number of piano competitions in Hungary and abroad, including first prize in the 1973 Hungarian Piano Concours and first prize in the chamber music category at the Sydney International Piano Competition in 1977. He has recorded for Naxos all the piano concertos and sonatas of Mozart. Other recordings for Naxos include the concertos of Grieg and Schumann as well as Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and the complete piano sonatas of Haydn and Beethoven, the complete piano music of Bartók, and a wide repertoire of chamber music. His critically acclaimed recordings of the Complete Haydn Piano Sonatas are available in a 10-CD Box Set, released to mark the 200th anniversary of the composer’s death (8.501042).

In many ways, Jenő Jandó defines the approach which Naxos has to its catalogue: innovation, completeness, quality, breadth and availability. To this can be added perhaps the supremacy of the work over the ego of the performer.

Born in Pecs, a quiet town in southern Hungary, Jenő Jandó was taught piano by his mother before undertaking formal study of the instrument at the Liszt Academy, under the nurturing scrutiny of Katalin Nemes and Paul Kadosa. After graduation, Jandó had a series of successes in major international competitions, including the Cziffra and Ciani Piano Competitions, yet he himself believes his professional career really began when he took third prize at the Beethoven Piano Competition at the age of 18.

When Naxos was still in its infancy, the production planners wanted to release a disc of the better-known Beethoven piano sonatas. By chance, a Hungarian company working with Naxos at the time recommended Mr Jandó and sent in a demo tape. The complete Beethoven piano sonatas were then entrusted to Mr Jandó’s capable hands.

Similar to the ease with which he handles the various demanding styles of the solo piano repertoire, Jenő Jandó also excels when performing with other musicians. His sensitivity to chamber music can be heard in, for example, his recording with the Kodály Quartet of Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet or the Brahms and Schumann Piano Quintets as well as in the highly successful recording of Beethoven’s “Archduke” and “Ghost” Piano Trios.

As an accompanist, Jenő Jandó has worked closely with Takako Nishizaki in recordings of the Franck and Grieg violin sonatas and, most notably, in a four-volume set of the Mozart sonatas. His special style of accompaniment also shows itself in Kodály’s Sonata for Cello and Piano as well as in a recording of Dohnányi cello sonatas in partnership with Maria Kliegel.

Explore Jenő Jandó’s extensive Naxos discography and become ever more convinced of the breadth, warmth and humanity of this modern recording phenomenon.

You can also view video clips of Jenő Jandó on YouTube.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Piano Concertos Naxos 8.501056
25th Anniversary Boxed Sets - Sacred Naxos 8.501062
A to Z Gift Pack Naxos 8.554775
Adagio Boxed Set Naxos 8.504011
BEETHOVEN Complete Piano Sonatas Vol 1 Naxos 8.505002
BEETHOVEN Complete Piano Sonatas Vol 2 Naxos 8.505003
Celebration of Christmas Naxos 8.503003
Chill With Collection Naxos 8.501046
Classic Romance Naxos 8.506004
Classical Moments 1-3 Naxos 8.506004
Elegie - Relaxing with the Composers Naxos 8.505092
Enjoy the Classics (Best of Naxos 1-4) Naxos 8.504003
HAYDN Ausgewählte Meisterwerke Naxos 8.505218
HAYDN Complete Piano Sonatas Naxos 8.501042
Les Romantiques Naxos 8.505059
LISZT Années de Pèlerinage Naxos 8.503004
Los Grandes Románticos Naxos 8.505193
Meditation Naxos 8.508010
Meditation (Swedish Edition) Naxos 8.503163
MOZART Complete Piano Concertos Vol 1 Naxos 8.505011
MOZART Complete Piano Concertos Vol 2 Naxos 8.506002
MOZART Complete Piano Sonatas Naxos 8.505012
MOZART Vol 4 – Piano Concertos Naxos 8.503168
MOZART Vol 8 – Piano Works Naxos 8.503172
Night Music Naxos 8.503049
Night Music Vol 1 Naxos 8.505008
Night Music Vol 3 Naxos 8.505025
SCHUBERT Chamber Music Masterpieces Naxos 8.505021
The Very Best Of Naxos 8.502020


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