Silivanova & Puryzhinskiy
Irina Silivanova and Maxim Puryzhinskiy met in 1998 at the Moscow State Conservatoire, where they studied with the Elena Richter, herself a student of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus, and Alexander Boduryansky, to whom the Duo attributes much of its success.
Competition successes aside from he Dranoff include Rome, Caltanissetta, Jesenik, Bialystok,and the ARD-competition in Munich.
Their extensive tours in recent years have taken them to many parts of Russia, to Europe, Asia and to the United States, performing both as an ensemble and with orchestra.
Rachmaninov’s "Symphonic Dances" was a work of enormous influence on the I’M Piano Duo. They are fascinated by the complex structures and colors of the orchestral repertory. Some of the most popular symphonic pieces were arranged for two pianos by Maxim.
Their discography displays their extraordinary versatility, including music by Rachmaninov, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Grieg, as well as a CD devoted to symphonic music by Russian and European composers transcribed for two pianos.
Maxim is on the faculty of the Moscow State Conservatory.
Susan and Sarah Wang
Originally from the New York City area, Taiwanese American twin sisters Susan and Sarah Wang have appeared numerous times in concert in the Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Steinway Hall in New York City. Currently the sisters live in Germany and are actively performing worldwide as a piano duo.
They began piano and violin studies at the age of seven, studying piano with Dmitri Rachmanov at the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division. Susan and Sarah both attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where they received their Bachelor degrees in piano performance under Professor Louis Nagel and in 2007 completed their Masters degree in piano solo at Manhattan School of Music with Dr. Marc Silverman.
Susan and Sarah are recent prizewinners in the prestigious ARD International Two Piano Competition in Munich 2010. In addition, the sisters hold prizes in the Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Preis in Berlin, in the International Piano Duos Competition in Bialystok, Poland, and in the Ellis National Duo Competition in the United States.
Orchestral performances include the Bayerischer Rundfunk Orchestra in Munich as well as with the Munich Rundfund Orchestra, the Norddeutscher Philharmonic Orchestra, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and the University of Michigan Symphony under Kenneth Kiesler.
The sisters just successfully completed their Konzert Exam studies at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Rostock, Germany with Professors Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl. They now live in Berlin, Germany, teach and perform solo and chamber music.
Piano Duo Humburger
The twins Richard and Valentin Humburger have devoted themselves to the piano duo genre since childhood.
Richard and Valentin are laureates at worldwide prestigious Piano-Duo competitions: The duo has been awarded special prize contributed by the Alice Rosener Foundation at the 54th ARD International Music Competition in Munich. The International Franz Schubert Competition in Jesenik, the Torneo Internazionale di Musica in Italy and the ARD in Germany, are all in their list of competitions where they garnered prizes.
Between 2001 and 2007 Richard and Valentin were students of Ok-Hi Lee and Prof. Rudolf Meister at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Mannheim, and with u Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Munich.
They have been guests on famous European stages, such as Rheingau Music Festival, the Mozartfest Würzburg, and the Ascoli Piceno Festival in Italy. They have also performed in Austria, Russia, France, Norway, Italy and the Czech Republic.