Davide and Daniele Trivella are twin brothers. Their extraordinary performances have impressed juries of the most important national and international piano duo competitions. They have been invited by music associations in Russia, Israel, Germany, France, Austria and of course, Italy. Wherever they perform, they capture the audiences and the music critics through the originality of their interpretations and their highly communicative style.
Their versatility can be seen in a repertoire ranging from 18th Century to contemporary music, including some of the fundamental works of the 20th Century. But, Daniele and Davide also love to perform jazz and like to explore collaborations with contemporary composers.
The brothers studied with Alberto Colombo in Milan, and with Pier V. Masi at the Accademia Musicale in Florence, but they also continued to develop their musical talent Katia Labeque, Alfons Kontarsky, Alexander Loquich, Bruno Canino and Therese Dussault.
Their concerts have taken them to prestigious halls in Europe, the Middle East, the United States, South Africa and Thailand.
They currently live in Bergamo, northern Italy, where they teach and continue to pursue another passion, that of composing. A new venture is film music. Their recordings are on the Phoenix label.
Irina Kotlyar and Gregory Shifrin immigrated to Israel in the early 90's from the former Soviet Union, and studied at the Jerusalem Rubin Music Academy, Irina with Prof. Vadim Monastyrski and Gregory with Prof. Irina Berkovitch. It was here that they met in 1994, and began to play together as a duo under the guidance of Professors Bracha Eden and Alexander Tamir. They participated in Master Classes with Samuel Sanders, Valter Hauzig, Claude Franc, Jeremy Menuchin, Dmitry Bashkirov and Alexander Korsantia.
The Kotlyar-Shifrin Duo has performed with many orchestras including Bavarian Radio Orchestra, New World Orchestra of Miami, Bialystok Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and Israeli Chamber Orchestra. The Duo held countless performances in Israel, Europe and America. They have been invited to participate in the Israel Festival in Jerusalem since 1998.
Irina and Gregory played an active role on the Israeli chamber music scene. The Duo performed frequently in the Targ Music Center directed by legendary piano duo Bracha Eden- Alexander Tamir, and in the Jerusalem Music Center. Studio recordings and live performances have been broadcast on "The Voice of Music", Israeli classical music radio station. By special invitation of Israeli Government the Duo performed in Israeli Knesset.
Since then, the duo has continued its successful path, giving numerous performances in Israel and abroad, while preserving the performance tradition they received from their mentors, Eden and Tamir. The repertoire of the duo consists of masterpieces for piano duo and piano four hands. In addition, both Irina and Gregory are engaged in piano and chamber music teaching.
They now live in the United States, Irina in Boston and Gregory in Chicago. They both are married and have children, and still perform together.
Their latest recording as Duo Kotlyar-Shifrin is ”Music from Ein-Kerem”.
See also: www.thepianoduo.com
The Hungarian Pianist Nora Emody first met the Egyptian Pianist Ahmed Abou-Zahra in Freiburg (Germany) where they studied at the same music school. In 1996 they decided to play together. They formed the Horus Piano Duo in 1997 during a Fall Residency at The Banff Centre for the Arts (Canada).
The works and artistic impulses of Andras Schiff, Ferenc Rados, Paul Dan, Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl and Gyorgy Kurtag have influenced their playing. Their performances as guests in music festivals, recitals and as soloists with orchestras have taken the Horus Duo all over Europe, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Namibia and South Africa, The United States, Canada, Mexico and China.
Since 2002 the Horus Piano Duo have been performing with the Ballet Mannheim (National Theater) in Germany.
They record on the German Label SWR Music.
Nora and Ahmed now make Southern Germany their home.