JANET AHLQUIST, Piano Janet Ahlquist,
Internationally acclaimed pianist, has performed solo and chamber music recitals in such venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Recital Hall, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. A Gulbenkian Foundation Grant sponsored her recitals of rarely heard music of Portuguese composers at the Coolidge Auditorium, Library of Congress in cooperation with the American Portuguese Society of New York and the Embassy of Portugal; at Harvard University in collaboration with the Department of Romance Languages of Tufts University and the Portuguese American Cultural Society of Boston; at Brown University, and at the National Conservatory in Lisbon, Portugal in cooperation with the American Embassy. The New York Times said, "Ahlquist has made a name for herself championing Portuguese keyboard music. She plays with vigor and strength as well as with sensitivity." Her interest in the multicultural experience inspires innovative programs such as "A View of the Composers World" whereby her slides of Grieg's home, 'Troldhaugen', slides of Paris sculptures and gardens, and slides of early instrument collections are shown while performing works of pertinent composers. Janet was invited to perform works of Rachmaninoff and the American composer, Roger Sessions at a special celebration sponsored by the Center of Russian Musical Culture in St. Petersburg, Russia honoring the American Independence Day. As a top prize winner at the French Piano Institute's Festival International in Paris, she performed the music of French composers at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. Additional honors include the Wyoming Governor's Art Award for her inspiration to music students and numerous lecture-recitals across her home state as a touring artist on the Arts in Education program and the Wyoming Council of the Arts. Following her Carnegie Hall recital, New York Associates wrote, “Ahlquist displayed delicate and glistening tone colors and assured musicality. The Rachmaninoff Preludes showed a warm lyrical playing with the artist conveying the intimate nature of the music.” Dr. David Burge, former Chair of the Piano Department at Eastman noted, “Ahlquist is an astonishingly gifted pianist who brings brilliance and remarkable facility to the keyboard.”
Janet was full-time faculty at Casper College from 1992-2002, teaching theory, piano ensemble, piano, and class piano. She was Artistic Director of the Casper Chamber Music Society and directed the Humanities Festival, “The Good Life:Perspectives from the Humanities.” An active member of the National Music Teachers Association, Ahlquist was Convention Artist for the 1997 Wyoming State Convention. She served as faculty for the New Hampshire Youth Orchestra and continues to cultivate a passion for the musical arts with students and audience of all ages and cultures.
Ahlquist has performed numerous concerti with the Wyoming Symphony, Powder River Symphony, and the Missouri Valley Chamber Orchestra with Maestro Curtis Peacock. She was soloist with the Longy Chamber Orchestra conducted by Endel Kalam at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. and performed Mozart and Bach concerti with the New Hampshire Chamber Orchestra. She has been soloist with the Immaculata Symphony with Maestro Roman Pawlowski, Maestro Ovidiu Marinescu, and Maestro Joseph Gehring.
Her CD recordings, “The Soul of Russia”, “Portuguese Classics”, and “Live at Mansfield University” have received critical acclaim. The recent recording of Arthur Gottschalk’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, “In Memoriam” received the Gold Medal at the 2014 Global Music Awards. Janet is currently adjunct faculty at Immaculata University and records and performs across the country.