Byron Janis

The Reverend Mother Dolores Hart, Maria Cooper Janis, pianist Byron Janis and
"Inside Edition" anchor Deborah Norville at Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater.

The Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute, with the support of Yamaha Artist Services, Inc., presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Maestro Byron Janis, internationally renowned concert pianist, during an event at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater on May 30, 2012.

The celebratory evening highlighted the personal journey of the legendary virtuoso pianist, world ambassador and composer, who despite multiple hand surgeries continues to extend his mind-over-matter approach and extraordinary gift to those in need. Janis has led unprecedented advocacy efforts in the field of arthritis, championing the cause of others, especially children who face the challenges of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

The tribute, hosted by “Inside Edition” anchor and journalist Deborah Norville, featured special presentations by Dr. Barry Bittman, renowned neurologist and CEO/president and director of the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute, and Arthritis Foundation President and CEO Dr. John Klippel. The evening also included a special performance by Maestro Janis, as well as a violin performance by Arthritis Foundation advocate Margo Deihl.

In 2011, Janis joined Yamaha’s outstanding worldwide roster of pianists. Because his remarkable work in arthritis advocacy complements the mission of the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute, which is committed to bridging the gap between music and medicine on the scientific and educational levels, Janis was also named presidential advisor to the institute.

Janis has served as the international ambassador to the arts for the Arthritis Foundation since 1986 and maintains a busy schedule presenting workshops for those with the disease, encouraging participants to achieve their goals despite the obstacles they confront.

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