Ivory Duo Piano Ensemble was formed as a result of the pianists' their desire to explore chamber repertoire for and with the piano. Throughout the course of their musical career, the pianists have been performing music mainly for piano four hands and for two pianos (at times accompanied by other instruments as well) from the Baroque to the present day. Their first CD release on the Convivium Records label (Elements of London; Hugh Shrapnel/John E. Lewis composers) was followed by annual releases of music mostly by British composers for piano solo and piano duo. The next release on 24/2/2023 sees P. Archontides as the pianist in works for violin and piano which includes important compositions by Benjamin Britten, Manolis Kalomiris, and others (Rhapsody; Lisa Archontidi-Tsaldaraki, violin).
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 Cura, as well as his performance of Bernstein's The Age of Anxiety under James Judd; 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 Athens Concert Hall, 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 African 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.
2023 will find them back in the recording studio for Hugh Shrapnel's project with music for solo piano and for two pianos. They will also be premiering a work by composer Elena Pavlea at Athens Concert Hall (Polychoros, 19/5/2023), and organising a day-long festival of presentations and performances on the theme of silenced, forgotten, and repressed music at City, University of London (TBA, 2023).
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