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Max Janowski

Max JanowskiMAX JANOWSKI (1912 – 1991) was a prodigious 20th century composer whose liturgical compositions have been performed in concert halls, synagogues, churches and colleges throughout the world. Mr. Janowski was born in Berlin, emigrated to Japan in the early 1930s (where he became head of the piano department at the Musashino Academy of Music in Tokyo) and ultimately came to New York in 1937. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Mr. Janowski was thoroughly trained in piano, organ, composition and conducting. He was the beloved music director, organist and choir director at several Chicago-area synagogues and churches. His compositions number in the hundreds, but his most beloved piece, sung at Temple Emanu-El and at synagogues all over the world, is his setting of Avinu Malkeinu ("Our Father, Our King") for the High Holy Days.


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