Jenő Jandó was born in Pécs in 1952. He started his piano studies with his mother at the age of six. Between 1960 and 1968 he studied at the Music School of Pécs, and in 1986 he entered the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, where his teachers were Katalin Nemes and Pál Kadosa.
At the beginning of his career he won numerous prizes such as third prize of the Beethoven Piano Competition in 1970, Budapest, second prize in 1972 in the Cziffra György Competition in Versailles, and in the Dino Ciani Piano Competition in Milan in 1975. In 1973 he won first prize in the Hungarian Radio Piano Competition and in the International Piano Competition in Sydney in the chamber music category. He worked with a host of distinguished conductors such as János Ferencsik, Ádám Fischer, Lamberto Gardelli, András Ligeti, Giuseppe Patané, Zoltán Peskó, Jurij Simonov and Antoni Wit. During his career he has been awarded many times: he got the Liszt Ferenc Prize in 1980, Érdemes Művész (Merited Artist) Prize in 1987, the Bartók-Pásztory Prize in 1995, the Kossuth Prize in 1997, the Hungarian Classical Music Prize in 2004, the Bartók Béla Memorial Prize in 2006. Jenő Jandó is one of the most distinguished pianists of the classical piano literature. He has on his repertoire all of Mozart's, Beethoven's and Schubert's sonatas for the piano. He is also a well known interpreter of Liszt's and Bartók's music. He is a versatile artist, often plays chamber music as well, and is among the pianists with the highest number of recordings.