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Genova & Dimitrov
PIANO DUO / PIANO FOUR HANDS

"There is just no other piano duo who possesses the ability to transform into sounds so homogenously,
sovereignly and powerfully the one-body-with-four-hands ideal"

Attila Csampai

 

During the first three years of its existence the Genova & Dimitrov Piano Duo, founded in its home city of Hanover (Germany) in the autumn of 1995, won all the renowned piano duo competitions. These included the 1996 ARD Music Competition in Munich, the 1997 Murray Dranoff Piano Duo Competition in Miami, the 1996 Tokyo Piano Duo Competition and the 1995 Bellini Music Competition in Italy. It was thus that the sensational international concert career of the two young virtuosos Genova and Dimitrov began, with their performances being highly acclaimed by the public and press and applauded with standing ovations.

?Initially we actually both wanted to be soloists? commented Aglika Genova, ?but one day shortly before we were both due to go to Korea to compete in a solo competition we found that there was only one room left at the Music Academy to practice. It had two pianos though. So we started to warm up together by playing at same time the Chopin Etude op. 25 No 11. We thought we?d sprouted wings?.

The personal spark was in the young piano virtuosos? relationship long before they started to perform professionally together. ?Our relationship is musically and personally complete chance and coincidence? admits Liuben Dimitrov.

In 2002 Aglika and Liuben played at the opening of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and were also invited as guest star artists of the EXPO 2000 world exhibition in Hanover. The Artists appeared at numerous music festivals, including Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Ludwigsburg Music Festival, Schwetzingen Festival, Gstaad Music Festival, MDR Music Summer, La Roque d'Antheron Piano Festival, Ravello Music Festival, Music Festival of the Hamptons, Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki, as well as at the world's most prestigious concert halls in Munich, Berlin, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Dresden, Vienna, Paris, Brussels, Rome, Chicago, Miami, Washington, Tokyo, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, Durban, Cape Town, Almaty, Athens, Johannesburg, Sofia and Kiev to name but a few.

The orchestra and choir partners of the Duo have included the Munich, Hanover, and Kaiserslautern Radio Orchestras, Stuttgart Philharmonic, New World Symphony, Savannah Symphony, Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra, the Sofia Soloists String Orchestra, the Hamburg Radio Choir, the Sofia Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Ukrainian National Philharmonic, the Cape Town and the Durban Philharmonic, the Musica Viva Moscow, the Minsk Orchestra, and the Polish Chamber Philharmnonic with conductors such as Eiji Oue, Ari Rasilainen, Alun Francis, Toshiyki Kamioka, Leos Svarovsky, Wojciech Rajski, Robin Gritton and Alexander Rudin.

Seven CDs by the "Artists of the Year 2001" have already been released on cpo including a large number of world premiere recordings, such as the piano duo works of Shostakovich, Johann Christian Bach, Clementi, Vladigerov and Casadesus. All CD releases have been praised by internationally renowned music magazines and radio stations, especially the duo's recordings with the NDR Radio Philharmonic led by Eiji Oue (the concertos of Martinu and Schnittke) as well as the one with the SWR Radio Orchestra led by Alun Francis (the concertos by Milhaud, Poulenc, and Casadesus). At the end of June 2005 their newest CD ?America for Two? (cpo) was released, featuring two piano music by Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein.

Genova & Dimitrov have appeared in countless radio and tv broadcasts including public broadcasters such as ARD, ZDF, CBS, BBC, RAI, TV Senado, SABC South Africa, NPR, ABC Australia, Channel25/WFMT, CCTV, NHK, CBC Canada, Swedish and Danish Radio, Radio France International, BNT/BNR, TVP3/Polskie Radio2, as well as allmost all German radio corporations. In August 2005 Genova & Dimitrov were also jurors in the prestigious ARD Competition in Munich. The Artists give worldwide master classes and workshops such as in the USA, Germany, Bulgaria and South Africa.

In 2006/07 the Duo appeared with dazzling success at the La Roque d'Antheron Piano Festival (France), the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (Germany), the Chopin Piano Festival (Poland) and the Lower Saxony Music Festival (Germany) with the Hamburg Radio Choir led by Robin Gritton, as well as at the Cologne Philharmony, at the Great Hall of the Conservatoire Royale de Bruxelles and with the Rumanian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Among the 2007/08 season highlights belong the Artists' appearances with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu in Los Angeles (in the framework of the USA tour), at the Ludwigsburg Castle Music Festival (Germany), the Schwetzingen Music Festival (Germany), the Radio WDR Concerts Cologne (Germany), at the Opera House Gent (Belgium), in Mexico City, at the International March Music Days Festival (Bulgaria), as well as the newest CD release (cpo), which is dedicated to Maurice Ravel's major works. In September the Duo will guide its own master class course at the National Music Academy Cloister Michaelstein (Germany).

Both Artists were born in Bulgaria of Greek origin, have been playing piano since they were five years old, went through special music schools for talented children, and debuted with orchestra at the age of nine. They studied with Prof. Ganev at the Music Academy in Sofia and since 1993 with Prof. Vladimir Krainev at the Hanover Music Academy. After two highly acclaimed orchestral concerts under Eiji Oue the duo earned its Master Soloist degree with destinction. In 2005, for their exceptional artistic achievements, they were awarded the Honour Citizenship by the German Federal Government.

August 2007

 

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