Steinway & Sons and KNS Artists Carles & Sofia in Duo-hand Piano Concert
2014-May-29 Source: www.lifeofguangzhou.com
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On June 28 and 29, the Spanish pianists Carles & Sofia, one of Europe's most renowned piano duos, will hold their concert and master classes in Guangzhou.

Sofia Cabruja and Carles Lama

Carles Lama and Sofia Cabruja are a paragon of artistic talent in the world of classical music. The performance by the piano duo will feature a variety of duo-hand pieces from Franz Schuberts, Fantasie in F Minor, op.103 & Johannes Brahms, Variations on a Haydn's Theme op.56b. In the second half of the concert, the Spanish pieces by Australian composer John Carmichael and from Isaac Albeniz will make for a perfect ending.

Acclaimed by both the public and critics alike as two musicians with an extraordinary capacity to move an audience to tears, the duo also exhibits a spectacular synchronization and a very rare mutual understanding. Carles and Sofia have gained critical acclaim for their brilliant technique, passion, unparalleled quality of sound and infinite elegance.

With a profound knowledge of all classical music genres, Carles & Sofia have developed a unique style in the interpretation of the repertoire for four hands. The duo possesses a diverse range of orchestral colors, a very natural phrasing and an impressive singing tone, together with a deep sense of harmonic consciousness.

Since 1987 when they began playing together, Carles and Sofia's international career has led them to appear in famous venues like Carnegie Hall (New York), Kolarac Memorial Hall (Belgrade) or Teatro Solís (Montevideo). They regularly perform in world capitals such as Paris, London, Madrid, Brussels, Rome, Barcelona, Milan, Prague, Belgrade, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, St. Petersburg, Moscow or Buenos Aires in recital for four hands or with orchestras including London City Chamber Orchestra, Orquestra Simfònica de Sao Paulo, Orchestre de Chambre du Namurois, Tokio Chamber Orchestra, Malaysia Philarmonic Orchestra and Hermitage State Orchestra.

Both were born in Girona (Catalonia, Spain) and showed exceptional musical talent early on. After graduating college in Barcelona Conservatory, they continued their musical training, first in the Ecole Normale in Paris, then at Hartt School of Music (University of Hartford, USA). The two professors who had the greatest influence on the duo are the Russian pianist Nina Svetlanova and the Brazilian pianist Luiz de Moura Castro.

Their repertoire ranges from Bach to 21st century and includes all major works for piano four hands together with the most brilliant and demanding orchestral transcriptions. They also have developed a very close relationship with many contemporary composers, like John Carmichael or Daniel Basomba, who, after listening to the duo, created works especially for them.

Carles and Sofia are acclaimed recording artists, signed to the KNS-classical label, with a discography including Schubert's Fantasy in F Minor, Brahms ’Waltzes Op. 39, Rachmaninov's Suite Op. 11 or the complete works for four hands by Australian composer John Carmichael.

Carles and Sofia are also involved in a variety of different efforts geared towards promoting and spreading classical music and classical artists, having founded and developed different series of concerts and festivals, along with TV projects.

Carles and Sofia have always been committed to helping with social needs. In 2001, her Royal Highness Margarita de Borbón presented to them an honorary distinction from UNICEF, in recognition of their humanitarian efforts.

Repertoire

FRANZ SCHUBERT

FANTASIE IN F MINOR, op. 103

JOHANNES BRAHMS

VARIATIONS ON A HAYDN’S THEME OP. 56b

Interval

JOHN CARMICHAEL

PUPPET SHOW

Puppet Overture

Marionette Waltz

Parade of the Puppet Ponies

Lullaby of the Sleeping Doll

Finale

ISAAC ALBÉNIZ

SUITE ESPAÑOLA

Cádiz

Sevilla

Aragón

Castilla

MANUEL DE FALLA

LA VIDA BREVE

Spanish Dance n. 1

Spanish Dance n. 2

 

Date: Saturday, 28 June 2014

Time: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Tickets: RMB 180/280/380/480 (VIP)

An after-party reception with the musicians will follow after the concert for VIPS, Media & Sponsors.

Venue: Doubletree by Hilton, No. 391, Dongfeng Lu, Yuexiu District, Guangzhou

Tel.: 020-2833 2888

 

Editor: 张斯
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