Behind the Music
Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble was formed as a result of the pianists' quest for an even fuller sound and their desire to explore chamber repertoire for the piano. Throughout the course of their musical career, the pianists have been performing music for piano four hands and for two pianos (at times accompanied by other instruments as well) from the Baroque to the present day.
Their career highlights include Panayotis' performance for the induction of the Olympic Flame at the Athens Olympics 2004 with Feminarte Orchestra, Yannis Georgiades and famous tenor Jose Kura; the duo's various premieres of works by composers such as Hugh Shrapnel, John Elved Lewis, the circle of composers associated with Altera Musica in Athens, Greece and the Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust and Morley College in the UK; their earlier collaborations with Lola Perrin some of which resulted in performances separately with trumpeter Simon Desbrulais and Nadia Lassersson, with whom they had a few further concerts as an ensemble for six and eight hands.
Still other highlights include their performances at Southbank for the WOW Festival, Blackheath Halls, Steinway Hall, Fairfield Halls, Sibelius Academy, Melina Merkouri International Center. In 2017 Yale University used their home recording of their edited manuscript of Native American composer Helen Eugenia Hagan in a commemorative video of the composer's life and work. In 2021 WQXR radio station in New York picked the same revival recording of the work for their Hear Me Out curated series.
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