Musicians

Ondrej Janoska, violin

At four years Ondrej Janoska received his first violin lesson from his father. Soon his talent was discovered and he was accepted at the State Conservatory in Bratislava. Further studies included the National Conservatory of Vienna, as well as at the University of Music and Art in Graz with Boris Kushnir. A versatile performer, Ondrej is at home in a variety of style and genres from solo to chamber to orchestral performance. Between 2008-2012 Ondrej was a permanent member in the first violin section of the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and subsequently with the Vienna Philharmonic.

 

Roman Janoska, violin

Born in 1989, Roman Janoska started playing the violin at age five and further progressing to the Conservatory of Bratislava. He was later admitted to the Conservatory of Music in Vienna to the masterclass of Pavel Vernikov. As a recipient of numerous prizes and awards throughout Europe, including the Paganini Prize, he has impressed his audiences with his spontaneous and colourful improvisations on stage.

 

Frantisek Janoska, piano

Frantisek Janoska is considered one of the most versatile pianists of the younger generation who also is a very successful composer, arranger and improviser in different genres. At five he began playing the piano, with formal studies completed at Conservatory in Bratislava, then he continued his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna.

Frantisek Janoska has won numerous competitions: 1998, he received the first Prize at the European competition for young talents and was later a finalist at the International Piano Competition “Martial Solal” competition in Paris. In 2002 he won a sensational first Prize at the International Franz Liszt Competition in Hungary.

 

Arpad Janoska (alias Luis Bellano), voice

Born into the Janoska family, Arpad (aka Luis Bellano) began his musical studies at five on the piano. He completed his degree at the Conservatory in Bratislava in piano and voice, before furthering his studies in Spain and the USA. During his studies abroad he has studied and participated in range of masterclasses and teachers, some of whom include Bobby McFerrin. A highly versatile musician, Arpad can sing from the traditional Roma-Gypsy style to classical, jazz, latin and pop. His presence in the group adds a new dimension to the ensemble’s dynamic.

 

Julius Darvas, bass

Hailing from three generations of bass players in Germany, Julius Darvas received his first musical lesson from his father. He later completed his studies at the Conservatory of Feldkirch in Vorarlberg and at the University of Music and Performing Arts. As a first prize recipient at the International Jazz Bass competition in Hungary, he has performed his classical and jazz repertoire to great acclaim. Since 2001, Julius is a full-time member at the Vienna State Opera and the permanent substitute player for the Vienna Philharmonic.