Dr. Janet Landreth, D.M.A., M.M., B.M. studied piano with Jean Marie Darré and Pierre Barbizet at the Académie internationale d’Èté in Nice, France, and received the coveted Performer's Certificate with Special Merit. A student of Celia Mae Bryant and Busoni winner, Aldo Mancinelli, at The University of Oklahoma and Tulsa University, respectively, and John Perry at the Aspen Music School and Festival, she has been the recipient of numerous performance awards including the Bloch Young Artist Award and the Dean's Award for Outstanding Artistic Performance. Dr. Landreth has appeared as soloist with the Colorado Symphony, the Centennial Symphony, the Jackson Symphony, the Oklahoma Symphony, and the Fort Collins Symphony, among others, in performances of the Rachmaninov Concerto No. 2, the Schumann Concerto in A-minor, the Beethoven Concertos No. 2 (B-flat major), No. 4 (G-major), and No. 5 (E-flat major), the Liszt Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, and the Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue. Many of her students have also won prizes and awards, including ten that have been featured soloists with the Colorado Symphony.
Dr. Landreth combines an active career as an artist-teacher and performer with international research and travel. She has performed recitals or presented her research at international venues on three continents.She studied Alexander Technique in London, England and spent five months in Rio de Janeiro at the Museu Villa-Lobos researching the piano music of the great Brazilian composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos. A featured soloist in the International Deia Music Festival in Mallorca, Spain in Aug. of 2000, she performed in the magical setting of Son Marroig, the former royal residence of Archduke Ludwig Salvador of Austria. In 2002, she was one of four scholars from the United States whose research paper Settings of Folk Tunes and Children's Songs in the Solo Piano Music of Villa-Lobos was selected for presentation at the 1st International Villa-Lobos Conference in Paris, France. The conference was organized by the musicology department of the University of Helsinki, Finland and the Villa-Lobos Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and took place in the Finnish Cultural Center in the heart of Paris. In 2002, Dr. Landreth was invited to serve on a doctoral thesis jury at the Sorbonne in Paris, France on a project related to her dissertation research on the French composer, André Jolivet. In 2004, she was an invited guest artist at the III International Latin American Piano Music Conference in Cochabamba, Bolivia, and in 2008 she presented research on Villa-Lobos at the International Experiencing Villa-Lobos Music Festival at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.
In addition to her career as a performer, teacher, and scholar, as coordinator of the keyboard area at Colorado State University, she has organized and hosted many keyboard workshops, master classes, and concerts by visiting artists from around the world.
Dr. Landreth is founder and executive director of the International Keyboard Odyssiad & Festival, U.S.A., an international keyboard competition and festival headquartered in the USA, and linked with other countries, such as China and South Korea, through licensing agreements with other universities and conservatories.