Pianist Janet Guggenheim

When I was a child we often went to a place at the beach.  One time, when I was 9 years old,  my mother took me to Ernest Bloch’s house so I could play the piano for him. He had written piano music for his daughters, Lucienne and Suzanne. I still have a palpable feeling of being surrounded by beauty, art and books.  It was a powerful sensation, and although at the time I didn’t realize exactly what it was, I now know that the mood in this room exuded the all-encompassing culture of “the arts”.  I remember playing in the big living room, and I remember feeling very timid to be playing in front of a well known composer. He was very kind and put me at ease;  I certainly should have understood that this music (Enfantines) was written by a man who related to and understood children. It is delightful music, which I have loved through the years, and which I taught to my own children.  I still have the music, in which, as a child, I had colored in the drawings on the sheet music.  The stories told by the music and drawings became very real to me.

[On the occasion of planning for putting the Ernest Bloch house on the National Historic Register of Historic Place.]

Pianist Janet Goodman Guggenheim has given recitals throughout the world both as soloist and collaborative artist, performing with such illustrious musicians as violinists Itzhak Perlman and Pinchas Zukerman, bassist Gary Karr, flutist Ransom Wilson, and cellists Pierre Fournier and Matt Haimovitz.

Guggenheim made her debut with the San Francisco Symphony at the age of 16 under the baton of Arthur Fiedler, and she has since performed with the orchestra on its subscription series. She recently appeared as soloist with the Oregon Symphony under the batons of James DePriest and Murray Sidlin. She was a co-founder of the Chamber Soloists of San Francisco and has performed at the festivals of Carmel, Cabrillo, Marin, Sacramento, Mendocino, and Seattle, and at Chamber Music Northwest, the San Francisco Symphony Russian Festival, and the Hollywood Bowl.

Guggenheim’s longtime collaboration with Itzhak Perlman includes recent tours throughout Europe and Asia. The duo appeared in recital in 1990 at Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow and in 1992 at the Istanbul International Festival. In December 1994 she performed in recital with Perlman in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taipei.

Guggenheim received a master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where she worked as studio pianist for the renowned pedagogues Ivan Galamian, Dorothy DeLay, Joseph Fuchs, and Leonard Rose. Her current CD releases include the complete cello and piano works of Rachmaninoff with cellist Michael Grebanier (Naxos). She has been on the music faculty of the University of California at Berkeley. She resides in Portland, Oregon.