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GENOVA & DIMITROV PIANO DUO

CD "AMY BEACH Complete Works for Piano Duo" out on November 9th 2021!
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"The duo put on a public display of musical affection that was not only extraordinarily virtuosic, but also thoughtful, often deeply engaging and crackling with a current of electricity that seemed to run between the two."

- Stephen Brookes, The Washington Post

"Combining flawless technique with inquisitive artistic sensibilities,

Genova and Dimitrov are adventurous programmers who comb

the two-piano archives for interesting repertoire."

- Lawrence Budmen, South Florida Classical Review 

 

The story behind the Genova & Dimitrov piano duo sounds somewhat of a fairytale: «Shortly before leaving to Korea for a solo piano competition, there was only one available rehearsal room at the Hanover University of Music and it was with two pianos. We spontaneously decided to start to play a Chopin Etude in sync. It was as if we had been given wings!», remember Genova and Dimitrov.

 

Only few months later, at the end of 1995, the two young musicians caused a matchless sensation by winning the four great international piano duo competitions in Munich („ARD“), Miami („Dranoff“), Tokyo, and in Caltanissetta („Bellini“) within the following two years.

 

Since then, Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov are one of the most internationally sought-after piano duos. They have been celebrated both, by audiences and the press alike, performing on the most important concert and festival stages in several douzens of countries on all continents, such as the Library of Congress and the National Gallery in Washington, the Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Ludwigsburg and Schwetzingen Festivals, the City Hall in Cape Town, the Herkulessaal Munich, the Liederhalle Stuttgart, the Gstaad Music Festival, and MDR Music Summer, at the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, and the Passau European Music Weeks, as well as at the March Music Days Russe, the Varna Summer Festival, and the Sofia Music Weeks, the La Roque d’Antheron, the Al Bustan Music Festival Beirut, Casals Hall Tokyo, Poly Theatre Beijing, and Teatro Municipal Rio de Janeiro, at the Ravello Festival, the Woodstock Mozart Festival, the Festival Miami, and the Chopin Piano Festival Duszniki.

 

Under the direction of conductors like Charles Dutoit, Eiji Oue, Ari Rasilainen, Hannu Lintu, Stefan Blunier, Yuri Bashmet, John Carewe, Emil Tabakov, Alun Francis, Ulf Schirmer, Woiciech Rajski, Yordan Kamdzhalov, Robin Gritton, Radoslaw Szulc, Alexander Kalajdzic, Gabriel Feltz, Nayden Todorov, Alexander Rudin, Andreas Herrmann, and Johannes Schlaefli, Genova & Dimitrov have appeared with international leading orchestras and choirs.

Since 2009, Genova & Dimitrov have been appointed Heads of Piano Duo Studies at the Hanover University of Music, the same one which they graduated from in the postgraduate class of Vladimir Krainev. They serve regularly as jurors of significant international competitions, such as the „ARD“ Music Competition in Munich, and were appointed Artistic Directors of the „Dranoff“ International Two Piano Competition in Miami. The Artists give master classes worldwide, both for piano solo and duo.

 

Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov look back on an impressive discography - 15 CDs of the Duo have been released by «cpo» and «Gega New», and have been given constantly glowing reviews and awards by the international music media. Besides a number of world premiere recordings, such as Victor Babin's Concerto, or the complete piano duo works of Dmitri Shostakovitch, Johann Christian Bach, Muzio Clementi, and Pantcho Vladigerov, also the Artists' recordings with orchestra caused true sensation, such as the Concertos of Carl Czerny, Max Bruch, Bohuslav Martinu, Alfred Schnittke, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, Robert Casadesus, Felix Mendelssohn, and Bela Bartok. The albums with works by Gershwin, Copland, and Bernstein („America for Two“), Ravel („Favourite Flavors“), Arensky („Five Suites for Two Pianos“) or Liszt („Works for Two Pianos“) are enjoying great popularity in the music world.

 

In 2017, the Artists have been awarded the ECHO CLASSIC Prize and nominated for the "German Record Review Best Recordings List" for their CD «Bela Bartok & Victor Babin – Concertos for Two Pianos» («cpo»), as well as became Nominees of the 2019 OPUS CLASSIC Award for their CD «Carl Czerny & Max Bruch – Concertos for Piano Duo» («cpo»). In addition, the Duo has appeared in numerous international TV and Radio broadcasts. The portrayal TV documentary movie «Etude for Two Pianos» which has been produced and broadcasted by the BNT Bulgarian National Television in occasion of the 20th Birthday Anniversary, enjoys worldwide brisk interest.

 

Recently their 16th CD with the world premiere recording «Sergei Rachmaninoff • Complete Works for Piano Duo» with nearly 150 min. music both, at 2 pianos and 1 piano 4-hands (recorded at Cologne Radio WDR) has been released on cpo and reached immediately No.1 in the charts.

Selection of Programmes

One piano, 4 hands

1. “Gloria!”
Sergei Rachmaninoff The Rock, Symphonic Poem, op.7
Peter Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty Suite op.66a, arr. by S.Rachmaninoff
Anton Arensky 12 Pieces op.66 (Selection) - Valse - March - Romance - Scherzo - Lullaby - Polka
Sergei Rachmaninoff Six Pieces op.11
 
2. “Souvenirs”
Robert Schumann Bilder aus Osten (Pictures from the East), 6 Impromptus op.66
Edvard Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No.1, op.46
Claude Debussy Six Epigraphes antiques
Samuel Barber Souvenirs, Ballet Suite op.28

Two pianos
 
1. "Russian Seasons"
Anton Arensky Suite No.3 „Variations“ op.33
Alexander Borodin Polovetsian Dances from the Opera „Prince Igor“
Sergei Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances op.45
 
2. “Mirages”
Carl Reinecke Variations on a Sarabande by J.S.Bach op.24
Franz Liszt Great Concert Piece on Mendelssohn's Songs without Words, S.257
Francis Poulenc Sonata 1953
Maurice Ravel Daphnis and Chloé Suite No.2
 

Two pianos & Theatrical Reading

1. "Nel mezzo del camin... Midway upon the journey of our life...“
A musical and theatrical journey throughout Dante Alighieri's immortal work in honoring of the 700th Anniversary of his death and accompanied by the congenial wood engraving pictures of Gustave Doré

Dante Alighieri The Divine Comedy (Selections), theatrical reading
Franz Liszt Dante Symphony, original 2 piano version by the Composer, S.648