Paratore Piano Duo
PROGRAM: Chopin - Sonata in b flat minor, Op. 35; Rimsky-Korsakoff - Sheherazade (one piano/four hands); Ravel - Rapsodie Espagnole; Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue.
Whether playing on one piano or two, Anthony and Joseph Paratore are recognized as one of today's foremost keyboard duos. Their career spans over 30 years performing on the international stage for audiences around the world, and their dedication has brought the art of duo piano to the highest level.
Their start officially began in 1973 at the end of their studies at Boston University and the Juilliard School when, as students of famed pedagogue Rosina Lhevinne, they presented their heralded New York City debut. The New York Times reported, If there is a resurgence of duo piano, Anthony and Joseph Paratore should find an important place in the concert world. International attention came in 1974 when they won First Prize in the Munich International Music Competition. Six months later their European debut moved leading critic Joachim Kaiser to remark, They are Princes of the Piano. From the beginning there is witchcraft of ensemble playing with a complete understanding of phrasing, breathing, and trills.
Horowitz Times Two, was the headline following Anthony and Joseph Paratores performance at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall. "It was as if Vladimir Horowitz and Arkadi Volodos sat at the piano together, but the two pianists in the Cologne Philharmonic Hall were called Anthony and Joseph Paratore...truly a magnificently impressive evening."
The best two-man orchestra in the world appeared in their review following their concert at the Piano Festival in Müllheim, Germany.
Over the years their many performances with the worlds top orchestras and conductors, along with their festival appearances and numerous recordings, have demonstrated their unique abilities and they have been recognized as a leading duo piano team of their generation.
The Paratore Brothers have appeared on celebrity series throughout the United States and Europe, including festival performances at Lincoln Centres Mostly Mozart, Spoleto USA, and the Salzburg, Lucerne, Vienna and Berlin Festivals, and in Australia, Israel and Asia, among others. They have performed in America with the New York Philharmonic and the Boston, Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras. European orchestra engagements have included the London Symphony, and the Berlin, Vienna, Warsaw, Rotterdam and Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestras, among others. They have performed with many fine conductors including Boulez, Fruhbeck de Burgos, Ozawa, Solti, von Dohnanyi, Salonen, Slatkin and Zinman.
Anthony and Joseph have received many awards and honours, and have performed for the Presidents of Germany, Italy and at the White House in the United States. They are honorary members of the Dante Alighieri Society and recipients of the I Migliori Award for excellence in their chosen field presented by the Pirandello Lyceum. The Duo received the George Washington Medal of Honour for outstanding contribution to community work around the country, and in 1992 a scholarship was established in their name for a deserving music student at their Alma Mater, Boston University.
Their work with Dave Brubeck, who personally entrusted his original two-piano music to them, is very special to the brothers. They premiered his "Points on Jazz" as well as other pieces on both sides of the Atlantic. Highlights of the last few seasons has been their joint appearances with Dave in several German cities, and the CD release on the Universal label with Brubecks music for two pianos.
The diverse repertoire of the Paratores encompasses the standard literature for four-hand piano duet and two pianos, as well as an ever-growing number of works either re-discovered or newly commissioned. Composers Wolfgang Rihm, Manfred Trojahn, and renowned American composer William Bolcom have written pieces especially for Anthony and Joseph.
Born in Boston of Italian descent, Anthony and Joseph Paratore come from a large, close-knit musical family. They began their careers as solo pianists: at age 17, Joseph appeared with the Boston Symphony and Anthony toured South America.
The Paratore Brothers appear frequently on television, including NBC's Today Show and The Tonight Show, as well as on National Public Radio's syndicated news program All Things Considered andPerformance Today. They have participated in PBS television specials, including the 20th Anniversary of the Boston Pops with John Williams, Piano Pizzazz from Wolf Trap, and a special program entitledThe Paratores: Two Brothers, Four Hands. Critic Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe noted that it was "fun to watch with a MTV dazzle....talent is what the Paratore Brothers are all about."
Regents Theater at Holy Names University (View)
3500 Mountain Boulevard
Oakland, CA 94619
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