Janet Guggenheim

The Florestan Trio

Janet Goodman Guggenheim began her piano studies with her father when she was five years old and, in her hometown, Spokane, also worked with Margaret Saunders Ott. At the age of ten she was the youngest student to have been accepted for summer master classes by the legendary piano teacher, Rosina Lhevinne, who was her mentor for many years. She made her orchestral debut with the San Francisco Symphony at the age of sixteen. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where she was awarded an Alfred Hertz Fellowship, she received her master’s degree at Juilliard, where she was the recipient of the Josef Lhevinne scholarship and won The Juilliard Piano Concerto competition. She had further study in England under the tutelage of Ilona Kabos and Dame Myra Hess, and she performed concerts throughout Europe. She was a recipient of a Martha Baird Rockefeller Foundation grant Prior to moving to Portland in 1995 she was on the music faculty at the University of California. She was a founding member of the Chamber Soloists of San Francisco, and, with musicians of the San Francisco Symphony, she was pianist of the Museum Soloists. She has participated in numerous music festivals in the United States and Europe.

For thirty years she has collaborated with the celebrated violinist, Itzhak Perlman, including concerts in Hong Kong, Taipei, Istanbul and Russia. The Moscow concert encores are included in the DVD, “Perlman Live in Russia”. With Michael Grebanier, principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony, she has recorded on the Naxos label. She has been pianist numerous times on the Johnny Carson Show for Mr. Perlman, Yo Yo Ma, and Nadia Salerno-Sonnenberg. Additionally she has collaborated with violinists Young Uck Kim, Ivry Gitlis, Uto Ughi, Miriam Fried, Pinchas Zukerman, hornist Barry Tuckwell, and cellists Pierre Fournier and Matt Haimovitz.

In Portland she has performed with the Oregon Symphony under the batons of James DePreist and Murry Sidlin, and has collaborated with Oregon Symphony Concertmaster Emeritus, Michael Foxman. For recreation she enjoys hiking, bike riding and skiing, and she loves to play with her three grandsons.