Janice Meyer Thompson

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Jan enjoys the view of the Arno in Florence.
Janice Meyer Thompson, pianist, enjoys a diverse career as soloist, collaborative artist, lecture-recitalist, and master teacher on three continents. Performances have taken her throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, with highlight recitals and master classes presented in the premier conservatories of China (Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin), South Korea (Seoul National, Seoul Arts, Hanyang, Yonsei, Ulsan), and Italy (Maggio Musicale and Val Tidone festivals, the American Consulate in Florence). In addition to her collaboration with the Kent Camerata, Ms. Thompson maintains a lively schedule of coast-to-coast performances, workshops and master classes with faculty colleagues at the Arizona State University School of Music, with singers and instrumentalists across Arizona and with Vermont pianist Elaine Greenfield in The Transcontinental Piano Duo, http://www.transcontinentalduo.com/. Reviews note the Duo's "brilliance and excitement...impeccable ensemble...delicate phrasing....great musicianship and versatility." A member of the Adamant Music School (Vermont) summer artist faculty, Ms. Thompson is recorded on compact disc in performances with The Kent Camerata (Kent Camerata Favorites), with singers Mary Sue Hyatt and Jane Dressler (Song Upon Song, TimeGrabber Digital) with bassoonist David DeBolt (A Musical Painting Comes to Life, Crystal CD 841), and with The Transcontinental Piano Duo (Piano 4-Hands, Concert Favorites, French Piano Four Hands: The Elegant Erard, Centaur 3017).

A frequent presenter at national and international music conferences, Dr. Thompson is nationally recognized for her leadership in the field of piano pedagogy and for her academic accomplishments as Professor of Piano at Arizona State University. She was awarded the rank of Professor Emerita in 2012 following a distinguished teaching and performing career. Jan Thompson holds the Doctor of Music degree in Performance-Chamber Music from Northwestern University, where her principal teachers were Gui Mombaerts and Donald Isaak. She has coached with Murray Periah, John Browning, Phyllis Curtin, Phyllis Rappeport, and Bela Nagy. 

"Pianist Jan Thompson possessed….beautiful sound, easy versatility of style, and remarkable sensitivity to phrasing and nuance” (Chicago Sun Times)

“…Jan Meyer Thompson is the excellent pianist in the Cherubini and Chabrier numbers…showing stylistic versatility as well as technical mastery.”  (Robert McColley, Fanfare)

"Meyer was in complete melodic control and handled her thematic share with deep and convincing emotional involvement." (Dmitri Drobatschewsky, The Arizona Republic)

"As an accompanist, Jan Meyer Thompson was a support and inspiration to her colleagues, while as a soloist she was sovereign and convincing in her interpretation of Capriccio in G Minor by Johannes Brahms." (Margit Classen, Gelchsheim Blatt)