Sisters Yuka and Ayaka Yamamoto formed the Duo Yamamoto in 2009. Within their first year of performing together, they won First Prize and a special prize at the Piano Teachers’ National Association (PTNA) Piano Competition in Tokyo as well as Grand Prize at the Third Yokohama International Music Competition. In 2010, they received First Prize and the Critic’s Award at the 13th Concorso Internazionale “Pietro Argento” in Gioia del Colle, Italy and Grand Prize at the 16th International Piano Duo Competition in Tokyo. The duo was accepted into the second round of the 59th International ARD Competition in Munich 2010 and in 2011 received a special honorable mention at the Liszt 200 International Piano Duo Competition in Chicago. The Duo Yamamoto has performed at various venues throughout Italy, Austria, and Japan, including the Gläserner Saal (Magnum Auditorium) of the Musikverein in Vienna in 2011. They are currently studying at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock, Germany.
Duo Yoo and Kim
The Piano Duo Yoo & Kim has rapidly become a formidable team. Barely two months after becoming a duo in 2010, they won First Prize in both four-hands and two-piano categories at the 20th International Piano Competition in Rome. The following year they took First Prize and a special prize for the best interpretation at the International Piano Duo Competition in Białystok, Poland, as well as First Prize in the International Four-Hands Competition in Valberg, France. In 2010, the duo made a concert appearance at the United Nations of Geneva and has also appeared on the NDR radio in Germany and in recital in Europe. They reside in Manchester, UK, where both are enrolled at the Royal Northern College of Music.
Duo imPuls has established an international career. Its members Barbara Bartmann and Sebastian Bartmann have been playing four-handedly as well as on two pianos for more than 10 years. Today, they can be heard in concert halls throughout the world, at famed festivals such as the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, the Europäisches Musikfest Stuttgart, or the Edvard-Grieg Festival Oslo. Together, Barbara and Sebastian have performed at such concert halls as the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Cankarjev Dome Ljubljana, the Kraków Philharmonic, the Gulbenkian Lissabon, or the Palais des Beaux-Arts Brussels. In addition to their success on the concert stage, Barbara Bartmann and Sebastian Bartmann have achieved highly in many international competitions. Just recently, they were awarded 1st Prize in the International Competition for Contemporary Chamber Music Kraków 2009, in which they formed Flügelschlag-Quartett together with percussionists Ákos Nagy and Claudius Heinzelmann. In 2008, duo imPuls was awarded 1st Prize in the Concours Valberg Nizza for the first time in the history of the competition. In September of 2007, it received 1st Prize, the “Grieg-Prize”, as well as special prize for best performance of a contemporary work in the Edvard-Grieg Competition Oslo. duo imPuls received further prizes at the International Chamber Music Competition Palma d’oro Italy, the International Piano Duo Competition Bialystok Poland, as well as the Piano Duo Competition San Marino.Both Barbara and Sebastian hold fellowships at the Richard Wagner Association and the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation “Live music now!”. As piano duo and piano four hands they are members of the Bundesauswahl Konzerte Junger Künstler Germany.