An exceptional pianist himself, Rachmaninov comprehensively explored works for the instrument and these works for two pianos are no exception with romantic melodies that stunningly reveal the piano’s the expressive possibilities.
One of the most highly-acclaimed piano duos performing today, Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva are passionate advocates for the wide range of four hands and two piano repertoire. In parallel with their extensive solo careers, they have been performing together around the world and across the UK since 2001. Their close collaboration stems from a shared teacher, the inspirational Irina Zaritskaya, with whom they both studied at the Royal College of Music. Their friendship dates from 1987 during a visit of students from the Gnessin School in Moscow to the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey. The duo released a first recording for Quartz in 2016, featuring Stravinsky’s two piano ballets, the Rite of Spring and Petrushka, with a dedication to the memory of their teacher. Together, Charles and Katya are the artistic directors and founders of the London Piano Festival, which is held annually at Kings Place.
“This year’s concerts promise to build upon the excitement of the previous festival with many more superb artists, all of whom will perform music with which they feel a special affinity” Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva,
The Programme of the Concert:
Rachmaninov Suite No. 1 (for two pianos) Rachmaninov Suite No. 2 (for two pianos) Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances, Op. 45 (for two pianos)