The Piano Duo made two appearances at the BBC Proms on 9th August 2009, as part of the “Multiple Pianos Day”, one of the highlights of the festival. In the afternoon we presented a brand new commission: “Left Light”, a witty Two Piano Concerto by Anna Meredith, which we performed with Britten Sinfonia and Ludovic Morlot, and old friend and contemporary student of ours at the RAM; and in the evening we joined Colin Currie and Sam Walton for an incredibly enjoyable Bártok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion. We have worked together with Colin and Sam quite a bit, and it is always an honour and an inspiration!
Simon and I are thrilled to be performing Mozart’s incredible Concerto for Two Pianos K365 with the Hallé and Ed Gardner on 1st March in one of our favourite venues, Bridgewater Hall. It is the most glorious piece, full of effortlessly flowing melody and moments of pure tenderness. For more info, click here.
Thrilled to say that tickets are almost sold out for our Coffee Concert at the Wigmore on December 11th: Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring: two iconic composer-transcribed works for two pianos at one of our favourite venues. Can’t wait! tickets
In March 2007, along with other members of the Hebrides Ensemble, I braved the cold of St Mary’s Church in Haddington and – when the gales stopped blowing – recorded a disc of the complete chamber works of Messiaen, which we released around his 100th birthday the following year. But whatever we lacked by way of creature comforts, we more than made up for in acoustic, and I love the combination of warmth and clarity on this recording. All thanks to the superb Phil Hobbs! And it was a huge privilege to have the opportunity to make the first ever recording of Messiaen’s newly-discovered Fantasie for violin and piano with Alexander Janiczek.
This disc features three Stravinsky ballets: Rite of Spring and Petrouchka in Stravinsky’s arrangements, and my own version of the final three movements of Firebird. Transcribing Firebird was a big project, but very rewarding, and has generated much interest from reviewers, publications and promoters, who often request it in our concert programmes.