Between September 30 and October 4, the audience is invited to the second edition of the MAJURA DUO FESTIVAL, a unique project in the world that brings to the spotlight the four-handed piano duo area, two piano and duo voice piano.
11 duo ensembles made up of well-known artists in the field of classical jazz and jazz music can be watched and admired on the scenes of four flags of the capital: the Great Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum (30 September), the Auditorium Hall of the National Art Museum of Romania and October 2) and the Radio Hall (October 4). The event is organized by the Majura Christ Association. One of the most famous piano ensembles, Anderson & Roe Piano Duo , originally from the United States of America, will open the second edition of the festival Sunday, September 30, starting at 19.00 in the Great Hall of the Romanian Athenaeum. Known and appreciated for energetic and original piano performances on stage but also for original compositions, Anderson & Roe Piano Duo revolutionized the idea of a piano duo in the present century.
The ensemble, made up of Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe, graduates of the renowned Juilliard School in New York, has been described by the most popular publications in America as “the most dynamic pianist duo of the current generation” – San Francisco Classical Voice or “the most eloquent example of complete artists” – The Washington Post. The proposed program includes works by composers J. Brahms, I. Stravinsky, H. Villa-Lobos, L. Bernstein, Ch. W Gluck, G. Bizet and A. Piazolla. With numerous active tours, recitals and concerts with the great orchestras of the world such as the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic, the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo promise a sensational concert opening the MAJURA DUO FESTIVAL.
The concerts of the next two days of the festival will take place in the Auditorium Hall of the National Art Museum of Romania, from 19.00. On October 1, the recital is dedicated to the Romanian piano duo creation, the program highlighting the opuses of composers Dan Dediu and Livia Teodorescu-Ciocanea. The two composers will also be the performers of their own works, on the stage evolving the pianistic duets formed by Valentina Sandu-Dediu with Dan Dediu and Livia Teodorescu-Ciocanea along with Violetta Ştefănescu. At the end of the recital will be announced the prizes of the first MAJURA 2018 National Composition Contest.
The third day of the festival, October 2, is dedicated to the 1st Prize winners of the Suzana Szörenyi Second International Contest , 2nd edition, 2017. The five pianist duoes that impressed the competition jury – TwoYu (Yujie Kang and Yuxin Jiao from China), George Ionuţ Vîrban (tenor) and Miriam Draşovean (piano), Mika Yamamoto together with Mimoe TODO (Japan), Carmina Vidraşcu and Beatrice Popliuc – special prize Majura Christ and Alexandra Văduva with Florian Mitrea Romania / UK) – I want you to listen to a varied program full of sounds. The evening of October 4, the last day of the MAJURA DUO FESTIVAL project, will take place in the Radio Hall from 19:00. You can listen to a jazz recital with a program inspired by the creations of composers Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.
MAJURA DUO FESTIVAL is a project of the Majura Christ Association, a non-profit organization with cultural, artistic, civic and humanitarian activity. The projects developed by the association are addressed to all melomanians, their aim being to create a bridge between the audience and the great musicians from the country and abroad, but also to offer opportunities for young artists and composers to assert themselves. More details about the association’s activities on www.majura.ro .