Lucia Huang was born in Taiwan. Very early, her teachers recognized and supported her exceptional talent, leading to numerous prizes. In 1990, she decided to continue her studies in Germany.
Sebastian Euler is from Straubing, Germany. He, too, started to play piano at an early age and was recognized by the “Jugend Musiziert” Competition with the first prizes as a soloist and in ensemble. In 1999 the pianists met at Munich's Music University during their studies with Karl-Hermann Mrongovius and Begoña Uriarte. Nine months later they attracted international attention when they won the 2nd prize at the 49th ARD Competition in Munich.
Subsequently the duo was invited to perform in recitals, concerto appearances and major festivals throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia. They have have recorded many broadcast productions including the world premiere of the piano-version of Richard Strauss' "Don Juan".
Their extraordinary musicality and remarkable partnership are absolutely unique. Concerts by this duo are always vital, exciting, full of tonal color and extraordinary musicianship. They share a great interest in bringing unknown works to the foreground, and to insert modern compositions into their programs, may of which have been written especially for them.
Since 1996, Lucia is on faculty at the Music University in Munich, and at the Music Conservatory in Innsbruck, Austria. Sebastian is professor for piano at the music conservatory in Feldkirch, Austria.
They have several CD’s with Oehms Classics and BR Classics.
Ukranian pianists Alexey Koltakov and Katerina Makarova met when at age 13, when Alexey began studying with Victor Makarov, Katerina’s father and teacher.
Katerina Makarova began piano studies at the age of 4 with Svetlana Zakharova. In 1994 at the age of 14 she became a winner in the Vladimir Krainev International Piano Competition for Young Pianists
In 1998, both Alexey and Katerina entered the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. She graduated from the Institute in 2002. As a solo pianist Katerina has given radio and television performances in Russia, the Ukraine and in Australia, as well as made recordings for the ABC and the SBS.
From Lugansk, Ukraine, Alexey Koltakov became a student of Victor Makarov’s at age 13. Three tours of the United States during his teenage years were highlighted with appearances in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. Australia is his new home since the late 1990s. Now an Australian citizens, Alexey Koltakov completed his academic and piano performance studies in 2004 as full scholarship student at the Australian Institute of Music in Sydney. He graduated from Juilliard in 2012.
After the Dranoff Competition, Makarova and Koltakov toured extensively and performed in the United States, Australia and Korea both as a duo and as solo pianists.
They no longer play together. Aleksey lives in New York; Katarina (Katya) lives in Sydney.
Maxim Mogilesvsky made his debut at age 13 with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and continued his studies at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. A Tchaikovsky Scholarship enabled him to study at Juilliard under famed pianist Bella Davidovich. In 1993, he relocated to themIndiana University at the invitation of Alexander Toradze, earning his master’s degree.
Following his United States recital debut in Los Angeles on the Gold Medal Series, he presented recitals in Chicago, Salt Lake City, New York, performed with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg and the Mikkeli Festival in Finland. Further concerts in Europe, Israel, Japan, South America and Russia followed, along with prizes in some of the most prestigious competitions and festivals, such as the International Music Competition in Japan, and the Edinburgh Festival.
Svetlana Smolina was born in Nizhny-Novgorod, Russia, and began her keyboard studies with Natalia Fish at the Balakirev Music College. She was invited by Alexander Toradze to study with him at Indiana University after a surprise appearance at the White Nights Festival in 1995.
She received numerous prizes in competitions as a solo performer and with her husband Maxim as a duo piano team. She has given recitals, played with orchestras or in festivals in a long list of European, Russian and American cities. While completing her bachelor’s degree at Oberlin Conservatory of Music she studied with Monique Duphil and Virginia Marks at Bowling Green State University where she received her Master of Music Degree.
Both Maxim and Svetlana have become US citizens. They now pursue solo careers.