1946 in Basel geboren, studierte Jany Renz KLavier bei Ivan Engel (Freund und Schüler von Bela Bartok), außerdem Flöte und alte Musik mit Hans Martin Linde und Orgel mit Adolf Schlegel.
During his international career as Lied accompanist and chamber musician he was partner of leading Lied singers and leading instrumentalists.
He studied conducting with Wilfried Boettcher in Basel. Master classes with Leonard Bernstein and Sergiu Celibidache completed his studies.
He was chief conductor of the symphony orchestra Dornach/Switzerland. His career began in Italy where he became first maestro and artistic vice director. Later he spent a long time in South Korea as director of the Masan Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor of the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. In Finland he got in touch with the contemporary music scene and took up several works in his repertoire. He conducted “Aida” on the Opera Festival of Savonlinna and gave master classes of Lied and chamber music. He regularly worked with finnish orchestras. He also was guest conductor of the Budapest philhamronic orchestra and of the Opera Budapest.
In 1991 a recording of the 9th symphony of Bruckner was published with the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra (ODE 764-2 www.ondine.fi ) which became the best sold version of this work in the USA in that year (and the best sold classical CD at all in August).
From 1990 to 1994 he was general music director in Freiberg/germany. As guest conductor he worked in other theaters, like in Darmstadt with “Falstaff” of Giuseppe Verdi. The success of his CD produced him invitations in the USA as in Portland, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York.
Jany Renz heißt der Dirigent, der das Kunststück fertiggebracht hat, das Orchester zu einer so mitreissenden Leistung zu führen. Es gelang ihm eine packende Wiedergabe von Dvoráks Symphonie “Aus der Neuen Welt”, emphatisch, spontan, vital und dennoch präzise, beherrscht und kontrolliert, von hohem Ernst und starkem interpretatorischem Willen.
(Basler Zeitung, Switzerland)
In Mozart´s last piano concerto KV 595, Jany Renz figured not only as soloist but also as conductor. In this he performed a double task which has sometimes proved too exacting for many othe rinternational celebrities. But with the swiss Jany Renz it was a sheer joy to hear and see. His sovereign virtuosity and natural zest in playing did not stand in the way of a Mozart performance marked by the lucidity and delicacy of chamber music and crowned by a slow movement that was touchingly beautiful in its humility and unworldliness.
(Portland Press Herald, USA)
With a clear and quite unassuming baton, and with a punctilious constancy of tempo, Jany Renz gave a performance of convincing unity, lending an abundance of sound and dynamics to the strictly maintained great lines while shaping them with a lot of fince nuances, in which the orchestra followed him with astonishing precision and remarkable culture of sound.
(The New York Times, USA)
Jany Renz´s creative impulse, which found compelling expression in the extreme prescicion of baton technique, afforded him ideal scope with the orchestra and Anton Bruckner´s “Seventh” received an overpowering performance.
(Pittsburgh Press, USA)
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