The Duo Turgeon
Born in Montreal and Toronto respectively, Canadian pianists Anne Louise-Turgeon and Edward Turgeon have been playing together since 1988, and performing professionally since 1996 in hundreds of performances, including a European debut at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, a York debut at Weill Recital Hall, and concerts in Singapore, Toronto and in Belarus, to name a few.
As soloists, the Turgeons took prizes in competitions such as the Canadian Music Competition, the CIBC National Competitive Festival (Canada), the Cleveland International and Sydney International Piano Competitions, and of course, the Dranoff.
The Turgeons are graduates of the University of Toronto and Yale University, where they earned doctorate degrees in the year 2000. They received the highest graduating awards and prizes from both institutions. Anne's teachers included Marietta Orlov, Boris Berman, Karl Heinz Kammerling, Marek Jablonski, Claude Frank and John O'Connor. Edward's teachers included James Anagnoson, Peter Frankl,Donald Currier and Claude Frank. Duo Turgeon received duo piano coaching from James Anagnoson, Karl Ulrich Schnabel and Peter Serkin.
The Turgeons have served on the faculties of Algoma University College, Algoma Conservatory, Mount Holyoke College, the HARID Conservatory. They currently serve as keyboard faculty and ensemble-in-residence at Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, School of the Arts, in Boca Raton, Florida.
The Turgeons appear on seven compact discs, including "New Music for Two Pianos" (Vanguard Classics) "Romantic Dances" and "Latin American Journey" (Marquis). They have been heard in numerous broadcasts on classical music stations throughout the world including National Public Radio's "Performance Today", BBC, ABC, WNYC, WPR, MPR, WGBH, Dutch Public Radio, and numerous CBC programs. They are Steinway artists.
Duo Genova & Dimitrov
Aglika Genova and Luben Dimitrov were both born in Bulgaria of Greek origin. They have been playing piano since the age of five, and made their orchestra debuts at the age of nine. They studied solo piano with Prof. Ganev at the Music Academy in Sofia and since 1993 with Prof. Vladimir Krainev at the Hannover Music Academy in Germany where they recently took over the guidance of the new, specialized Piano Duo class.
Aside from a robust concert career that is taking them to major cities Europe, the US, South Africa, Japan and China, the Artists also give master classes and workshops worldwide and are invited as jurors to some of the important competitions such as the ARD in Germany. Further, in 2010, in collaboration with the Auetal Cultural Society in Schaumburg County, Genova & Dimitrov have established the new concert series "Young Music Elite".
Luben Dimitrov and Aglika Genova formed their duo in the city of Hanover in 1995, and began their international concert career with winning all the major piano duo competitions: the 1997 Dranoff International Two Piano Competition in Miami, as well as the ARD Music Competition in Munich, the Tokyo Piano Duo Competition and the Bellini Music Competition in Italy.
They have released eight CDs on cpo including world premiere recordings of piano duo works by Shostakovich, Johann Christian Bach, Clementi, Vladigerov and Casadesus.
In 2005, the duo was awarded the German citizenship by the Federal Government for their exceptional artistic achievements. After having located their first two European artistic bases by Hanover (Germany) and in Sofia (Bulgaria), Aglika and Liuben have recently established their American home in Miami.
Duo Aleksiychuk & Kot
Iryna Alexichuk was born in Ukraine in 1967. She got her higher musical education in Kiev National Academy of Music as a pianist, composer and organist. Her post-graduate work in composition was at the Kiev National Academy of Music.
Since 1983, Iryna has worked in each of her areas in Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, the Balkans, and the US. Her compositions cover a wide range including symphonic works, works for choir, voice and piano; string quartet, and of course for both solo and duo piano. Her concerts included solo recital, ensemble music, performance with orchestra and participation in numerous international music festivals.
In 1985 she formed Piano Duo with Yuri Kot. They won the First International Competition for chamber music performance “Golden Autumn” in category Piano Duo , followed by winning the 45th International ARD Competition and the Dranoff Competition.
In 1994, she joined the faculty of the Kiev National Academy of Music. In 2000, Iryna was awarded by L.Revoutski National Prize of Ministry of Culture of Ukraine, National Composers’ Union of Ukraine and National All-Ukrainian Music Union .
Yuri Kot was born in Ukraine. Like Iryna, he received his musical education in Kiev National Academy of Music as a pianist. He won a number of prizes as soloist, such as the Lyssenko Piano Competition, the Rachmaninov and the Prokofiev.
Continuing to perform as soloist in concerts in Eastern Europe, Russia, the US, Germany, Japan, performances with symphonic orchestra include the St. Petersburg Philharmony, the Symphonic Orchestra of Ukrainian Radio and TV and the New City Orchestra of Tokyo.
Since 1994, he is professor at the piano department of Kiev National Academy of Music. He was awarded the title “The Honored Artist of Ukraine” for his achievements, and is member of the Ukrainian Rachmaninov Society.
Iryna and Yuri still perform together as a piano duo.