Bergmann piano duo return to Augustana
Posted on October 7, 2010 by Tia Lalani
Award-winning pianists Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann return to Augustana on Oct. 16 at 8 pm.
Internationally recognized recording artists and award-winning pianists, Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann, return to the Augustana Campus for another memorable night of music on Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 8:00 pm in the Faith & Life Centre Chapel.
The Bergmann Duo has performed at Augustana Campus once before, in January of 2003, thrilling the audience with their virtuosic and dramatic flair. Their extensive repertoire ranges from the baroque to the contemporary and includes numerous own arrangements and compositions, one of which – Urban Pulse – will be performed on Saturday evening along with their arrangement of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
This charismatic pair have been performing together as a duo since 1989, having studied with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover and with Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt at the Université de Montréal. The duo received first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Caltanissetta, Italy, and were laureates of The 4th Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition. In 1993 they became members of the young artists’ roster of Yehudi Menuhin-Live Music Now.
They have performed recitals and concerts with orchestra in many countries throughout the world, including the United States, Italy, Germany, Holland, Greece and Canada. They have made recordings for the CBC, for several stations of the ARD in Germany and for National Public Radio in the USA. The duo has made several CDs, which appear on the CordAria and Arktos labels and has recorded William Bolcom’s complete works for two pianos for Naxos. As founding members of the International Piano Quartet they had the opportunity to record Stravinsky’s Les Noces under the direction of Robert Craft at the Abbey Road Studios in London. Their latest release on the Brilliant Classics label features Marcel’s arrangement for 4 pianos of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells.
Elizabeth and Marcel are both involved in the artistic administration at Langley Community Music School (as Director of Summer Programmes and Co-Artistic Directors). They have been on faculty at Mount Royal University and the University of Calgary, and been involved in various musical projects at The Banff Centre for the Arts. Marcel is currently Professor of Music at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario. They are members of the Calgary based group Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, recipients of the 2005 and 2006 Western Canadian Music Awards for Outstanding Classical Recording. Committed to supporting the production of new Canadian repertoire, the duo has commissioned and premiered several works by Canadian composers such as Allan Gordon Bell and John Abram.
Tickets will be available at the door the evening of the concert, October 16th. For further information, please call the Augustana Campus Fine Arts Office at 780-679-1532.
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