Guus Janssen (1951) studied piano and composition at the Sweelinck Academy of Music in Amsterdam. As a pianist and harpsichordist he performed in various groupings with musicians from John Zorn to Gidon Kremer. Since the early 1980’s he has led his own ensembles, ranging from piano trios to opera orchestra. As a soloist, playing mainly his own compositions and improvisations, he has appeared at many international festivals. In addition he has performed with many of the leading Dutch ensembles and orchestras.
Janssen’s achievements in the field of jazz and improvised music have been widely acclaimed. He received awards like the the Boy Edgar Award, 1981, the Matthijs Vermeulen Award, 1984, in 2012 the prestigious Johan Wagenaar Award for his whole oeuvre and in 2015 the ‘Art Award’ from the Foundation Adriaan Roland Holst.