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Competition Winners: 2003

The 2003 competition featured the commissioned work, Yin-Yang, by Fred Kaufmann.


 

Tengstrand & Sun Piano Duo
Gold

Featured in The New York Times as "Two pianos, four hands but one heart", pianists Per Tengstrand and Shan-shan Sun are gaining reputation both as solo pianists and as a duo-piano team. The debut performance of the Tengstrand-Sun Piano Duo took place on October 2003. While preparing this work, Tengstrand and Sun found how much they enjoyed playing together in two-piano and four-hand repertoire. It became quite obvious this was a path on which they wanted to move forward.

Concerts followed in Scandinavia and the United States. Both Per and Shun-Shun take a special interest in presenting the repertoire of transcribed symphonic works in smaller cities where these works would otherwise not be heard.

Per Tengstrand was born in Sweden and made his first public appearance at age seven. He studied at the Paris and Geneva Conservatories.

Shan-shan Sun gave her first public performance in her native China at the age of six. She was admitted to the Young Artist Program at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music at the age of nine and performed throughout China. In 1991, Ms. Sun came to the United States to study at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

Mr. Tengstrand and Ms. Sun make their home in Princeton, New Jersey. Per Tengstrand is a Steinway Artist.

 



Duo Chipak & Kushnir
Silver

When Olha Chipak and Oleksiy Kushnir first met in 1998 while studying at the L’viv Music Academy in Ukraine, they knew that from that point on they would not only pursue a career as solo artists but also devote themselves to an equal degree to performing chamber music. They soon won their first international competition together (“Roma 98”), but the piano duo—like Emil Gilels and Sviatoslav Richter she is from the legendary music metropolis Odessa on the Black Sea, he from the cultural melting pot of L’viv, where the first music conservatory in the Ukraine was founded as early as 1786—sought more than recognition by juries.

To broaden their artistic horizon, they studied with the duo Hans-Peter und Volker Stenzl at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock. Their repertoire grew to include works from a number of different epochs which they presented in international festivals and in concerts in Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Danemark, the US, Russia, and China. On stages large and small they receive critical acclaim and garner prizes for their remarkable musicality and sterling technique.

There are radio and television recordings with the Norddeutscher Rundfunk, Bayrischer Rundfunk and the national stations in Ukraine, Poland and Italy. Their CD’s are on the Genuin label.

Olha and Oleksiy live in Germany.

www.chipak-kushnir.de

 



Duo Antithesis
Bronze

Petros Moschos and Dimitris Karydis have been collaborating since 1997 when they were studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. They have been the recipients of many top prizes and awards at major international piano duo competitions.

They perform in Europe, Israel, Canada, Latin America and USA, having appeared in prestigious venues such as Odessa’s Philharmonic Hall, Dublin’s National Hall, London’s South Bank Centre, and in Venezuela with the El Sistema Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Dudamel.

The Duo recorded their first CD with the Bavarian Radio on the Genuin label. The second CD, The Carnival of the Animals, was a highly successful collaboration between the Duo Antithesis and the Nuremberg Youth Orchestra for educational purposes. They have also recorded for Czech, Israeli, Hellenic, Bavarian radios and BBC 3.

Petros Moschos and Dimitris Karydis studied in Athens with Dimitris Toufexis and Aliki Vatikioti and in London with Frank Wibaut and James Gibb. They both hold Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degrees from City University, and they are currently teaching at Morley and CityLit colleges. They are Honorary Visiting Fellows at City University, London.

Petros Moschos and Dimitris Karydis have been collaborating since 1997 when they were studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. They have been the recipients of many top prizes and awards at major international piano duo competitions.

They perform in Europe, Israel, Canada, Latin America and USA, having appeared in prestigious venues such as Odessa’s Philharmonic Hall, Dublin’s National Hall, London’s South Bank Centre, and in Venezuela with the El Sistema Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Dudamel.

The Duo recorded their first CD with the Bavarian Radio on the Genuin label. The second CD, The Carnival of the Animals, was a highly successful collaboration between the Duo Antithesis and the Nuremberg Youth Orchestra for educational purposes. They have also recorded for Czech, Israeli, Hellenic, Bavarian radios and BBC 3.

Petros Moschos and Dimitris Karydis studied in Athens with Dimitris Toufexis and Aliki Vatikioti and in London with Frank Wibaut and James Gibb. They both hold Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degrees from City University, and they are currently teaching at Morley and CityLit colleges. They are Honorary Visiting Fellows at City University, London.

www.duoantithesis.com


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