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Osmo Vänskä /// Music Director

Aaron Janse

Aaron Janse

As the recipient of the Fritz Kreisler Scholarship, Aaron Janse earned bachelor's and master's degrees at The Juilliard School, where he studied with world renowned teacher 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 Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra and as Teaching Fellow for the world renowned pedagogue Dorothy DeLay (teacher of Itzhak Perlman, Gil Shaham, Midori, and Sarah Chang), teaching technique classes for her at the Aspen Music Festival and at Juilliard Pre-College. 
As a student, Janse tuned in to the Minnesota Orchestra's weekly radio broadcasts. He greatly admired these Orchestra broadcasts led by then-Music Directors Neville Marriner and Edo de Waart. While still a student at Juilliard in New York, these same broadcasts inspired him to take his first professional audition, for a position with the Minnesota Orchestra, and he has been performing with them in the violin section since 1995.

Janse has been fortunate to have performed in most of the world's greatest concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Vienna's Musikverein (home of the Vienna Philharmonic), Berlin's Philharmonie (with both the Minnesota Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic), Boston Symphony Hall, Symphony Hall in Chicago, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw (with both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Minnesota Orchestra) and Tokyo's Suntory Hall.
An avid violist, he has performed, toured and recorded with both the Berlin Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestra as a substitute violist. As a violinist and violist, he has performed in chamber music concerts with Gil Shaham, Joseph Silverstein, Charles Castleman, Stephen Hough, Alicia de Larrocha, and Ayke Agus (Jascha Heifetz's longtime pianist and author) at festivals including the Tateuchi International Music Festival in Silicon Valley California, Aspen Music Festival, Cincinnati’s Linton Series, the Las Vegas Music Festival, Alpenglow Festival in Colorado, Foulger International Music Festival and Timpanogos String Camp in Utah. 
Janse is a very active teacher in the Twin Cities and has a number of students attending top music conservatories and universities including Princeton, Cornell, UC Berkeley, Brown, Vanderbilt, Oberlin, Carleton, Emory, Drake, Northwestern University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Indiana University, Eastman School of Music, New England Conservatory, St. Olaf, Luther, University of British Columbia Vancouver, UW Madison and University of Minnesota. His current students actively perform with the top youth orchestras in Minnesota: Minnesota Youth Symphonies (MYS), Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) and the All-State Orchestra of the Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA). His students are routinely selected as section leaders and finalists in MYS and GTCYS Concerto Competitions. 

He has given masterclasses and courses at colleges around the country including The Juilliard School Pre-College, New England Conservatory Pre-College, Hartt School of Music (Hartford, CT), St. Olaf College, University of Minnesota, University of Nevada Las Vegas, University of Iowa, University of London (Ontario), University of North Carolina Charlotte, and Weber State University in Logan, Utah. ​​

Janse and his wife Becka met while practicing yoga and were married in 2012 at the Como Conservatory in Saint​ Paul. They live in Saint Paul with Sukhi, their beautiful and sassy calico kitty, and Molly, their super sweet doggie—a beautiful Aussie Shepherd mix (huge thanks to Warrior Dog Rescue!)