"Mahler 6! 'The Tragic': The mightiest (and my favorite) of all the Mahler Symphonies, and the only one to end in a minor key. The three blows of fate—literally three blows of a giant wooden hammer against a wooden box in the finale—are both deafening and exhilarating, one of the highlights of any Mahler Symphony. I can't wait to see our Brian Mount gear up for them! (Then duck and cover!) 'There is only one Sixth, besides the Pastoral,' said composer Alban Berg."
As a student, Aaron Janse tuned in to the Minnesota Orchestra's weekly radio broadcasts from wherever he was living (growing up in Texas, Utah, and Washington, D.C.). He greatly admired these Orchestra broadcasts led by then-Music Directors Neville Marriner and Edo de Waart. While still a student at the Juilliard School in New York, these same broadcasts inspired him to take his first professional audition—for a position with the Minnesota Orchestra. He moved to Minneapolis and joined the orchestra in 1997.
Since then he has performed as soloist, chamber musician and orchestra member around the world at such venues such as Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully and Avery Fisher Halls, the Concert Hall of Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. He has performed chamber music at many Orchestra concerts, including Sommerfest and other chamber series. Janse, also active as a violist, has performed, toured and recorded with the Berlin Philharmonic under Bernard Haitink, Daniel Barenboim and Sir Simon Rattle. He has performed frequently as a violist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Ravinia and on international tours.
Janse has collaborated in numerous chamber music performances with such artists as Gil Shaham, Joseph Silverstein, Charles Castleman, Hilary Hahn, Stephen Hough and the late Alicia de Larrocha. He has appeared at festivals including the Aspen Music Festival, Cincinnati’s Linton Series, the Las Vegas Music Festival, Alpenglow Festival in Colorado, Foulger Music Festival in Utah and Timpanogos String Camp in Utah.
A recipient of the Fritz Kreisler Scholarship, Janse earned bachelors and masters degrees at the Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy DeLay and Joel Smirnoff of the Juilliard String Quartet. His chamber music studies included extensive work with Felix Galimir, Zoltán Székely and Joseph Fuchs, as well as the Guarneri and Juilliard String Quartets. At Juilliard, he served as a teaching fellow for Dorothy DeLay and as concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra.
Janse enjoys teaching and has a number of students attending elite music conservatories and universities and others performing locally in Minnesota Youth Symphonies, Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and All-State Orchestra of the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA).
He and his wife Becka met while practicing yoga and were married in 2012 at the Como Conservatory in St. Paul. They live in Minneapolis with their calico kitty Sukhi.