In Fall 2019, emeritus piano professor, Janet Landreth, was inducted into the inaugural Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame. With their names included on a commemorative display, 43 of North America's most committed professionals were honored with a red carpet award ceremony and dinner during the two-day event hosted at the historic Steinway factory in New York City.
The teachers were each nominated by a regional Steinway & Sons showroom with one nominee from each state.
“Since the very early days of company history, Steinway & Sons has been committed to music education and has been proud to work with some of the finest piano teachers in the world,” said Ron Losby, President and CEO of Steinway & Sons. “These talented educators foster a love of learning and practice in young people that ultimately creates the fabric of tomorrow’s music and culture. We are very happy to create the new Hall of Fame and to celebrate the special men and women who populate it.”
Schmitt Music in Denver nominated Dr. Landreth from the vast number of piano teachers in Colorado. "I was honored and humbled to be inducted into the Steinway & Sons Hall of Fame," said Landreth. "There are so many wonderful Colorado teachers that deserve this award!"
Dr. Landreth's busy fall continued as she traveled to Changwon, South Korea in Dec., to perform Sergei Rachmaninov's Piano Concert No. 2 with the Changwon Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by In-Ho Kim. While there, she gave a masterclass at Changshin University.
The concert was a vibrant experience for Landreth "The Changwon Arts Hall was gorgeous and the musicians in the orchestra were great. There were three curtain calls, bravos, and requests for an encore," described Landreth.
About Dr. Landreth
Dr. Janet Landreth, professor of piano and keyboard area coordinator at Colorado State University (Emeritus), is founder and director of the International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation headquartered in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Dr. Landreth combines an active career as an artist-teacher, performer, and administrator with international research and travel. She has lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where she studied the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos at the Museu Villa Lobos, and in London, England studying Alexander Technique. The recipient of numerous performance awards, she has given recitals and master classes and/or presented her research in France, Spain, Brazil, Bolivia, Italy, China, and the U.S. She has appeared as a guest in the International Deia Music Festival in Mallorca, Spain, the III International Latin American Piano Music Conference in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and the 1st International Villa-Lobos Conference in Paris, France. Janet is also known as a gifted artist-teacher whose students have won numerous competitions and awards, including ten who have performed as soloists with the Denver (Colorado) Symphony.
Dr. Landreth was honored to be inducted into the 2019 Steinway & Sons Teacher Hall of Fame (New York City) in October 2019. She also performed in December 2019 as a soloist with the Changwon Philharmonic in South Korea (Rachmaninov 2nd Piano Concerto).