John Jansson is a pianist, composer and conductor, and has pursued an active career in all three disciplines. He recently conducted the critically acclaimed London première of John Adams’ I Was Looking At The Ceiling And Then I Saw The Sky. He also conducted the award winning UK premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s Sunday In The Park With George at the Royal National Theatre, and collaborated with Sondheim in devising and presenting Sondheim’s Cut-Out Songs, a unique collection of the composer’s unpublished work.
John also worked with Dominic Muldowney at the Royal National Theatre, and with the BBC Symphony Orchestra on the world premiere of Muldowney’s Three Pieces For Orchestra. He has taken an active interest in the music of neglected American composer Marc Blitzstein, giving the European premiere of I’ve Got The Tune, and highly successful performances of The Cradle Will Rock. He edited the four volumes of The Songs Of Donald Swann, published by Thames in 1998 and 1999.
An active involvement with Jazz has led to recent performances in New York and London with singer Sue Casson, as well as arrangements for Digby Fairweather’s new band. He and his music have appeared many times on radio and TV appearances include Omnibus and The Late Show.