Marton & Batzner
Cristina Marton and Aglaia Bätzner established their duo in Berlin in 1994. Since 1996, the duo public performances have evolved on both sides of the Atlantic. Their American tours include Spoleto Festival USA as well as the Music Festival of the Hamptons New York and performances in Mexico City. In Europe, they toured Italy, Spain, Ireland and Germany with different programs like duo recitals on two pianos, one piano four hands and concerts with orchestra.
The Romanian born Cristina Marton distinguished herself as a Prizewinner in important solo piano competitions such as Geza Anda Competition in Zürich, Clara Schumann Competition in Düsseldorf, Mozart Competition in Salzburg and The First "Martha Argerich" International Piano Competition in Buenos Aires.
The German Aglaia Bätzner dedicated herself to the Lied literature, which she pursued in interpretation courses conducted by Aribelt Reinmann and Dietrich Fisher-Dieskau. Besides recordings and succesfull performing as and accompanist, she recived a special prize for Lied accompaniment at the Paula Lindberg Salomon Competition.
As a duo, they participated in master classes given by Alfred Brendel, Radu Lupu and Andras Schiff. The duo are Steinway Artists.
Today, they pursue solo careers. Cristina is a frequent collaborator with the violonist Barbara Doll.
Natalia and Alexander Zacharov were both born in Leningrad and attended the Leningrad Conservatory. Natalia continued her studies in the St. Petersburg Conservatory. Throughout their early years, they were prize winners in numerous national and International competitions. In 1992 they married and formed their duo. The next year, they emigrated to Israel and became a students of Professor Alexander Tamir at the Jerusalem Music Academy.
In 1995, Natalia began her career as a vocal coach at the Jerusalem Academy where she directed productions of L’Elisir d’amore (Donizetti), La Rondine (Puccini) and her own conflation of versions of Manon Lescaut by Massenet and Puccini.
At the same time, she started to work as a rehearsal pianist and coach in the opera workshop of the Metropolitan Opera’s summer programme in Tel-Aviv. She received a scholarship to the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Since then, she has gained a great experience working on many opera productions with different conductors and singers of truly international level. Since 2000, she has been a member of New Israeli Opera as a vocal coach and accompanist, including the Wexford Festival in Ireland.
Natalya Dudik (Zacharov) now lives in St. Petersburg.
Duo Van Veen
Both brothers come from a musical family and started playing at an early age. They both studied at the Utrecht Conservatory and Amsterdam. Maarten also studied in Prague.
In 1992, they recorded their first CD as the internationally recognized Piano duo Van Veen. In 1995 Piano duo Van Veen made their debut in the United States with subsequent tours in the United States and Canada. A collaboration with Robert Craft on the Stravinsky piano repertoire resulted in a recording of “Les Noces” which the New York Times called “the best recording ever”.
Since the late 1990, they have gone on to mostly individual careers in music, but occasionally come together to play as piano duo.
Besides performing, Jeroen teaches at the University of Utrecht. In 1995 Jeroen Van Veen founded Van Veen & Co, a piano duo with his wife Sandra. As such, they mainly perform music for multiple pianos. In 1999 Van Veen initiated the concert series ‘Pianova’ in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam. Van Veen also participates in the following ensembles: ‘Kunstgroep vier man op de stoep’, ‘Piano Ensemble’, ‘The International Piano Quartet’, ‘The Simeon Quartet’ ‘Piano Mania’, ‘DJ Piano’ and ‘Jeroen van Veen & Friends’.
Jeroen’s compositions may be described as ‘Minimal Music’ with different faces, Crossovers to Jazz, Blues, Soundscape, Avant-Garde, Techno, Trance and Pop Music. Over the last 15 years Van Veen recorded more than 40 CDs for several labels (Mirasound, Koch, Naxos, Brilliant Classics) and his own label PIANO.
Maarten performs all over Europe, the United States and Canada. He founded the International Piano Quartet: 4 pianos. In the Netherlands, Van Veen is member of the artistic board of the Doelenensemble (Rotterdam) which offers programs with a panoramic view of 20th century music and founder of the Hortus Festival.
Maarten Van Veen www.maartenvanveen.com
Jeroen Van Veen www.jeroenvanveen.com