GrauSchumacher piano duo

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biography

With their sublime and explosive recordings, Andreas Grau and Götz Schumacher have established themselves as the world’s leading piano duo, only comparable to the legendary Kontarsky brothers – but even in this comparison GrauSchumacher’s interpretational skill leaves the Kontarsky brothers in the dust. (Fonoforum)

Andreas Grau and Götz Schumacher, with their talent for putting together clever and innovative programmes, have established themselves as one of the world’s top piano duos. Their collaboration at the piano is evidence that the two expert pianists are nothing short of musical soul mates.

The vast breadth of the duo’s expressiveness has garnered it invitations to various festivals and concert halls, such as the Cologne Philharmonie, Berlin Philharmonie, Cité de la Musique Paris, Schwetzinger Festspiele, Salzburg Festival, Tonhalle Zurich and the Piano Festival La Roque d'Anthéron, and has resulted in partnerships with renowned conductors such as Michael Gielen, Lothar Zagrosek, Emanuel Krivine, Heinz Holliger, Kent Nagano, Bertrand de Billy, Andrej Boreyko, Georges Prêtre and Zubin Mehta.



Their most recent projects have included concerts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester, SWR Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian State Orchestra Munich, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, as well as performances at the Rheingau Music Festival, Klarafestival Brussels, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Konzerthaus Vienna, Mozarteum Salzburg, De Doelen Rotterdam, Handelsbeurs Ghent and the Concertgebouw Bruges. Upcoming orchestral engagements will take the duo to the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra among others.

Through their performances of well-known orchestral concertos by composers such as Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Bartók and Poulenc, the GrauSchumacher Piano Duo is always striving for new ways to extend the repertoire for two pianos and orchestra. They have, for example, initiated an arrangement by Stefan Heucke of Franz Liszt’s famous Concerto Pathétique (originally for two pianos) for two pianos and orchestra. Inspired by the duo’s virtuosic and delicate playing, some of the most important contemporary composers have written new concertos for Andreas Grau and Götz Schumacher, most recently Peter Eötvös, Philippe Manoury and Jan Müller-Wieland. In October 2015, they gave the world premiere of a new concerto Machine in Echo by Luca Francesconi at the Cologne Philharmonie with the WDR Symphony Orchestra under Peter Rundel’s direction.

In August, the Duo already gave the world premiere of ictus II, a composition for two pianos and two percussionists by the Hindemith prize winner Bernd Richard Deutsch at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, followed by the first performance of Hanspeter Kyburz’s ptyx at the Festival Musica Strasbourg in September. Philipp Manoury’s hour-long work Le temps, mode d’emploi for piano duo and electronics, which Andreas Grau and Götz Schumacher premiered in 2014, has been performed at the festival, too. Further performances took place at the Wigmore Hall, the Tage für Neue Musik Zürich as well as the concert series musica viva in Munich.

Their keen ability to conceive carefully considered programmes is also evident in their numerous recordings which appear, among others, in their own series on Neos. Their album of Stockhausen's Mantra won awards from Le monde de la musique and Diapason. Gramophone selected their CD Visions de l'Amen, featuring works by Messiaen and Schütz/Kurtág, as Editor's Choice. The duo has also made recordings of Luciano Berio’s orchestral works and Stravinsky’s Sacre du Printemps that were highly celebrated by critics. Their Concerti series with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, which already includes Concerti I (Mozart, Bartók, Liszt) and Concerti II (Liszt/Heucke, Bach, Stravinsky), will now be completed with Concerti III. The new CD with works by Poulenc, McPhee and Adams will be released in the current season.


2015/16 season

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REVIEWS

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orchestra repertoire

J. S. Bach Concerto in C minor BWV 1060 (with string orchestra)
Concerto in C major BWV 1061 (with string orchestra)
W. A. Mozart Concerto in F major KV 242 (for two or three pianos)
Concerto in E flat major KV 365
F. M. Bartholdy Concerto in E major
F. Liszt/ S. Heucke Concerto páthetique for two pianos and orchestra (arranged and with a new cadence by Stefan Heucke) *
C. Saint-Saëns Le carnaval des animaux
M. Bruch Concerto in A-flat major op. 88a
R.V. Williams Concerto in C major for two pianos and orchestra
B. Bartók Concerto for two pianos and percussion
F. Poulenc Concerto in D minor for two pianos and orchestra
B. Martinu Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, H. 292
C. McPhee Tabuh - Tabuhan
S. Veress Hommage à Paul Klee (with string orchestra)
B. A. Zimmermann Dialoge (1960)
L. Berio Concerto (1973)
more...

Audio examples of the orchestra repertoire can be found here.

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recital programmes

PROGRAMME EXAMPLES
Further programmes on request
„...quasi una fantasia…“, recital with two pianos
F. SCHUBERT Fantasia in F minor D 940
H. PURCELL / G. KURTÁG Fantasia upon one note
W. A. MOZART / F. BUSONI Fantasia for mechanical organ in F minor
A. SCRIABIN Fantasia in A minor op. posthum
S. RACHMANINOV Fantasia op. 5 (Suite No. 1)
Recital with two pianos
J. S. BACH Concerto in C minor BWV 1060
J. BRAHMS Variations on a theme by Haydn op. 56b
S. RACHMANINOFF Fantasie op. 5 (Suite No. 1 for two pianos)
Piano duet
E.GRIEG Peer-Gynt-Suite No. 1
F.MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night‘s Dream op. 21 and op. 61
I.STRAVINSKY Le sacre du printemps
Ferruccio Busoni, 150th birthday program
(1866-1924), recital with two pianos
The complete works for two pianos
F. BUSONI Improvisation on the Bach Choral
"Wie wohl ist mir, o Freund der Seele, wenn ich in deiner Liebe ruh"
W. A. MOZART / F. BUSONI Fantasia for mechanical organ in F minor
F. BUSONI Duettino Concertante (after Mozart)
F. BUSONI Fantasia contrappuntistica
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Discography

Concerti III

CONCERTI III

Francis Poulenc - Colin McPhee - John Adams
GrauSchumacher Piano Duo; Trio Mediæval; Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Brad Lubman, conductor
NEOS 2017, 21703

Concerti II

Concerti II

Liszt/Heucke - Bach - Stravinsky
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Martyn Brabbins, conductor
NEOS 2014, 21302

Peter Eötvös | Kosmos

Peter Eötvös | Kosmos

Sonata per sei - Psalm 151 - Kosmos (version for two pianos)
Schlagquartett Köln; Paulo Álvares, piano
Wergo 2014, WER 67842

Transcriptions

Transcriptions

Bach - Debussy - Saint-Säens - Mozart - Wagner – Rachmaninoff - Tchaikovsky - Ravel
NEOS 2012, 20903

Concerti I

Concerti I

Mozart - Liszt - Bartók
Franz Schindlbeck and Jan Schlichte, percussion;
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Ruben Gazarian, conductor
NEOS 2010, 20901

Schrift-Um-Schrift

Schrift-Um-Schrift

Rihm - Bartók
Franz Schindlbeck and Jan Schlichte, percussion
NEOS 2010, 11032

Kosmos

Kosmos

Crumb - Kurtág - Stockhausen - Bartók - Eötvös
NEOS 2009, 20802

Grand Duo

Grand Duo

Schubert - Shostakovich
NEOS 2009, 20801

Wolfgang Rihm

Wolfgang Rihm

La musique creuse le ciel - Über-Schrift
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Peter Rundel, conductor
NEOS 2009, 10721

Elliott Carter

Elliott Carter

Choral Works
SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart; Marcus Creed, conductor
SWRmusic/hänssler 2009, hänsslerCLASSIC CD 93.231

Via Crucis

Via Crucis

Liszt: Via Crucis for choir, solo voice and piano four hands
NEOS 2009, 20902

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms

Love Songs and Waltzes
WDR Rundfunkchor Köln; Rupert Huber, conductor
NEOS 2009, 30804

Le Sacre

Le Sacre

Debussy - Stravinsky
NEOS 2008, 20805

Luciano Berio - Orchestral Works

Luciano Berio - Orchestral Works

Concerto per due pianoforti e orchestra
Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien; Bertrand de Billy, conductor
col legno Wien Modern Edition # 2, 2008, WWE 20281

Visions de l'Amen

Visions de l'Amen

Schütz/Kurtág - Messiaen
col legno Edition 2005, WWE 20105

Jean-Luc Darbellay, Eric Gaudibert, Sandor Veress

Jean-Luc Darbellay, Eric Gaudibert, Sandor Veress

Hommage à Paul Klee
Camerata Bern
col legno 2005,WWE 1CD 20240

Mozart - Reger - Beethoven

Mozart - Reger - Beethoven

"variations and fugues"
col legno Edition 2003, WWE 20108

Bach - Kurtág - Busoni

Bach - Kurtág - Busoni

col legno Edition 2002, WWE 20106

"mehrere kurze walzer"

"mehrere kurze walzer"

Schubert - Brahms - Grieg - Hindemith - Rihm
col legno Edition 2002, WWE 20103

Stefan Heucke

Stefan Heucke

Der selbstsüchtige Riese (fairy tale by Oscar Wilde)
Bettina Böttinger, narrator
Edition Schott, ED 9686

Carl Reinecke

Carl Reinecke

Der Schweinehirt (fairy tale by H.C. Andersen)
Ulrich Noethen, narrator
Edition Seeigel 2001, ISBN 3-935461-06-3

Carl Reinecke

Carl Reinecke

Nussknacker & Mausekönig (stories by E.T.A. Hoffmann)
Samuel Weiss, narrator
Edition Seeigel 2001, ISBN 3-980 4507-1

Paul Hindemith

Paul Hindemith

Mathis der Maler - Ragtime (wohltemperiert) - Sonata for piano four hands - Walzer Op. 6 - Sonata for two pianos
wergo 1999, WER 6633-2

Ligeti - Schubert - Ligeti

Ligeti - Schubert - Ligeti

"ein experimentelles Recital"
col legno Edition 1998, WWE 20102

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms

A German Requiem Op. 45 (London version)
Chorus Musicus, with S. Isokoski, A. Schmidt, C. Spering
opus 111 1997, OPS 30-140

Bernd Alois Zimmermann

Bernd Alois Zimmermann

Perspektiven - Monologe - Dialoge
Deutches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Bernhard Kontarsky, conductor
col legno 1997, WWE 20002

Karlheinz Stockhausen

Karlheinz Stockhausen

MANTRA, for two pianists
wergo 1995, WER 6267-2

Péter Eötvös IMA

Péter Eötvös IMA

Cosmos, version for two pianos (1961/99)
BMC 2003, BMC CD 085

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