FEBRUARY 2014

Those who attended the Duo Yamamoto Dranoff concert on January 22 know the notion that new music is no fun at all is not true at all. The program was built around Dranoff-commissioned works and also included one of Duo Yamamoto's own absolute favorite pieces by a contemporary Japanese composer ( find a review on our Press Articles page).

It was thrilling.

Not only were the compositions ravishingly beautiful, but the Japanese sisters proved why they were the winners of the Dranoff International 2 Piano Competition in 2013 with exuberant virtuoso renderings of the music.

This program was quite representative of a new direction we are taking: To increasingly explore and introduce non-familiar composers and works for the piano duo art form. It makes for interesting programming and listening.

To me, there is nothing so exciting as discovering new pieces of music. This does not mean that I don't love and cherish the known, but when I hear something unfamiliar, it helps me hear the familiar in a new, fresh way.

On Sunday, March 2nd, the St. Martha Concert Series presents not just one, but two piano duos: brothers Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl, and sisters Yuka and Ayaka Yamamoto. In case you wonder, there is a story...

The Stenzl Duo was the winner in the 1989 competition and went on to be among the most successful teachers of this art form, with students coming to their hometown of Rostock in Germany from all over the world. They continue to have a wonderful performance life, and they are sought-after judges.

Among their students is Duo Yamamoto. And among their jury experiences was the 12th Dranoff Competition, with Volker Stenzl as one of the 7 jury panel members. (He refrained from scoring any and all performances by the Duo Yamamoto).

And now, all four are returning to Miami, presented by the St. Martha Concert Series, wonderful partners of the Dranoff. We want to thank their Artistic Director, Dr. Paul Posnack, and their President, Julie Williamson, for again presenting Dranoff laureates.

As teachers and students share a concert, it will be spectacular, touching, and fun!

Next month I will share many more exciting developments with you that point to a strong future and spread of our activities. Nothing pleases us all more than to be able to contribute to the nascent growth in interest in our art-form.

In the meantime, I want to again encourage you to join us: Find out what committees interest you; talk to us about Salon concerts; support us financially via either on-line contributions or direct deposit (call the office to find out more: 305-572- 9900). Finally, I want to encourage you to like us Facebook, and share the newsletter with your friends.

Warm regards,

Gabriele Fiorentino


 
 

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