Clarinet and piano duos are still rare gems on the modern concert stage despite the immense repertoire. With its innovative programming, master classes, and recitals, the Duo makes it their mission to transform the superb instrumental combination from a rare occurrence to a welcomed guest on concert series across the globe.
- • Carl Reinecke (1824-1910): Fantasiestücke for Clarinet and Piano, Op.22 • Brahms (1833-1897): Sonata in F Minor for Clarinet and Piano, Op.120, No.1 • Schumann (1810-1856): Fünf Stücke im Volkston for Basset Clarinet (originally for Cello) and Piano, Op.102. • Schumann: Sonata No.1 in A Minor for Clarinet (originally for Violin) and Piano, Op.105
Hailed by international press as a pianist "who dispatched everything with both dizzying speed and sensitivity" Today’s Zaman (Turkey) and for her “exceptionally high technical level” General-Anzeiger Bonn (Germany), Misuzu Tanaka has established herself as an artist of remarkable individuality.
She has performed in prestigious concert venues throughout the world, from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig and Mozart’s Museum at Villa Bertramka in Prague to Alice Tully Hall in New York, and is also a respected regular performer for Music from the Frederick Collection, a leading North-American venue for performance on historical instruments.
Already an acclaimed artist in his native Belarus, clarinetist Maksim Shtrykov [pronounced: sh-TRY-koff] is quickly gaining renown as an artist of remarkable charisma and extraordinary musicianship, and has been hailed for “clarity that’s viscerally breathtaking” and “effortless…quicksilver legato” (Lucid Culture, NYC). About his recent duo recital Shelter Island Reporter (NY) wrote: “[Duo] enchanted the audience with their technique and style and generated standing ovations from the sold-out crowd”
A recipient of the Artists International New York Debut Award, Maksim presented his Carnegie Hall debut recital at Weill Hall in 2007. A passionate advocate of clarinet music, he is on a continuous quest of expanding his instrument’s repertoire, bringing to light rarely performed masterpieces by forgotten masters.