Originally from Senica, Slovakia, Dr. Janka Krajciova serves as piano faculty, collaborative pianist and adjudicator in the Omaha/Lincoln area. She has been at the Omaha Conservatory of Music since October 2015, teaching private and group piano classes to students of all ages and levels, as well as accompanying for masterclasses, recitals and OCM’s annual Summer Institute and Festival (OCMI).
Throughout her career, Dr. Krajciova has actively performed in both solo and collaborative settings in Slovakia, the Czech Republic, the Midwest, and in Maryland. A passionate chamber musician who believes in giving back to the community, she especially enjoys sharing the gift of music with wider audiences in churches, schools, and retirement communities, where she also takes her students to perform. In her teaching, Dr. Krajciova encourages pianists at every level to reach their full potential and hopes to instill in them a life-long love for music. She has taught piano privately in Louisiana, Kansas, and Nebraska, as well as in collegiate studio and group settings during her master’s and doctoral studies.
Janka’s performances have yielded numerous honors and awards. She appeared as a soloist with both the Northwestern State University and Kansas State University orchestras and was one of the two pianists featured in Francis Poulenc's Concerto for Two Pianos with the Orchestra Omaha in September 2018. While pursuing her doctoral studies at UNL, Dr. Krajciova was a recipient of the prestigious Hixson-Lied Fellowship and the Glenn Korff Distinguished Graduate Artist/Scholar Award. She earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Master of Music from Kansas State University, and Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Northwestern State University of Louisiana. Her primary tutors have included Mark Clinton, Slawomir P. Dobrzanski, Francis Yang, Nikita Fitenko, and Peter Cerman.