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GrauSchumacher piano duo | karsten witt musik management gmbh

GrauSchumacher piano duo

contact

Xenia Groh-Hu

xh(at)karstenwitt.com

+49 30 214 594-224

Lisa Böttcher

lb(at)karstenwitt.com

+49 30 214 594-226

General Management

CR Dietmar Scholz

Dates

03.10. 15:00
Opernhaus Bonn

Stefan Heucke,  “Europa-Fantasie” op. 104

Junger Kammerchor Köln, chamber choir
GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, piano
Alexander Lüken, conductor

09.10. 19:30
Kaiserbädersaal Heringsdorf

Edvard Grieg,  Peer Gynt Suite No 1 Op 46
Edvard Grieg,  Peer Gynt Suite No 2 Op 55
Maurice Ravel,  Ma Mère l'Oye
Felix Mendelssohn,  Ein Sommernachtstraum (Auszug)

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, piano
Ulrich Noethen, actor

19.10. 20:00
Stadthalle Reutlingen

Bohuslav Martinů,  Mahnmal für Lidice
Stephan Boehme,  Aries. Hommage à HAP Grieshaber. Audiovisual Fantasy for 2 Pianos and Orchestra
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Symphony No. 5

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, piano
Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen
Fawzi Haimor, conductor

21.10. 16:00
Schwetzinger Schloss

Paul Hindemith,  Sonata for two pianos four hands (1942)
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Great Fugue, op. 134
Bela Bartok,  Sieben Stücke aus 'Mikrokosmos'
Johannes Brahms,  Sonate für zwei Klaviere f-Moll op. 34bis

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, piano

21.10. 19:30
Schwetzinger Schloss

Paul Hindemith,  Sonata for two pianos four hands (1942)
Ludwig van Beethoven,  Great Fugue, op. 134
Bela Bartok,  Sieben Stücke aus 'Mikrokosmos'
Johannes Brahms,  Sonate für zwei Klaviere f-Moll op. 34bis

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, piano

25.10. 18:00
Neckar Forum Esslingen

Camille Saint-Saëns,  Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso A minor, Op. 28
Bela Bartok,  Sieben Stücke aus 'Mikrokosmos'
Maurice Ravel,  Rhapsodie espagnole
Johannes Brahms,  Sonate für zwei Klaviere f-Moll op. 34bis

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, piano

04.11. 19:30
Konzert- und Kongresszentrum Harmonie Heilbronn

Wagner/Reger,  Vorspiel und Liebestod aus "Tristan und Isolde" (Transkription für 2 Klaviere von Max Reger)
Olivier Messiaen,  Visions de l'Amen
Johannes Brahms,  Sonate für zwei Klaviere f-Moll op. 34bis

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, piano

15.11. 11:00
Veranstaltungshalle Raketenstation, Neuss

Franz Schubert,  Fantasy in F minor D 940, for piano 4 hands
Stefan Litwin,  Ouverture zto Jean Paul's „Flegeljahre“
Peter Eötvös,  Lisztomania
Maurice Ravel,  Ma Mère l'Oye

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, piano

22.11. 19:00 — cancelled
Stadtcasino Basel

Michael Pelzel,  "Lock-in Machine" for two Midi-Grand Pianos, Keyboard and Orchestra

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, piano
Basel Sinfonietta
Baldur Brönnimann, conductor

biography

Not to be missed. The GrauSchumacher Piano Duo have perfected the art of piano playing for four hands. […] The decisive factor is the freedom they achieve in concert at the moment of making music.
(Süddeutsche Zeitung)

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

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, such as Peter Eötvös, Philippe Manoury, Jan Müller-Wieland, and Luca Francesconi. The duo regularly give world premieres of duo pieces in recitals, including works Bernd Richard Deutsch, Philippe Manoury, and Johannes Maria Staud. Last season, they were particularly praised for their premiere performance of a large-scale trilogy by Brigitta Muntendorf (Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen, BASF Ludwigshafen, Ultraschall Festival Berlin).

The duo’s wide-ranging and multi-faceted interpretations have led to continuous invitations to international festivals and concert halls, as well as collaborations with renowned conductors such as Michael Gielen, Markus Stenz, Emanuel Krivine, Heinz Holliger, Ingo Metzmacher, Kent Nagano, Andrej Boreyko, Georges Prêtre, and Zubin Mehta. As soloists, they have played with all of the German Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Bavarian State Orchestra Munich, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, and at the Musikfest Berlin, Ruhr Piano Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Wigmore Hall, Kölner Philharmonie, Gewandhaus Leipzig, Wiener Konzerthaus, Tonhalle Zürich, Franz Liszt Academy Budapest, Suntory Hall Tokyo, De Doelen Rotterdam, and the Concertgebouw Bruges.

At the start of the 2019/20 season, the GrauSchumacher piano duo made their debut at the Enescu Festival Bucharest, with further invitations at the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Orquestra Sinfónica do Porto. In addition to their recital and orchestral appearances, Andreas Grau and Götz Schumacher are also realizing interdisciplinary art and music projects. This season, their multimedia program “Kosmos” travels to Madrid and Ekaterinburg with live projections of video art. Collaborations with performers such as Klaus Maria Brandauer and Ulrich Noethen also continue.

The duo’s carefully considered programmes are a hallmark of their numerous recordings, released, among others, on the label Neos, where they have their own series. Their most recent recordings include the CD Fantasias, with works by Schubert, Purcell/Kurtág, Mozart/Busoni, Scriabin, and Rachmaninov ("A reference recording!", Fono Forum), as well as the Concerti I-III series recorded with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin featuring works from Bach and Mozart to Adams. Their recording of Philippe Manoury's large-scale Le temps, mode d’emploi was awarded the 2019 German Record Critics' Award.

2019/20 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

Wagner-Eötvös-Messiaen-Brahms

Wagner/Reger 'Prelude' and 'Isoldes Liebestod' (Tristan and Isolde)
Eötvös Lisztomania
Messiaen 'Amen de l'agonie de Jésus', 'Amen de la Consommation' (Visions de l'Amen)
Brahms Sonata in F Minor, Op. 34b

Summer Nights

Mendelssohn Bartholdy A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61
Debussy Trois nocturnes
Crumb Music for a Summer Evening (with 2 percussionists)

Bad Boys

Feldmann Two Pianos
Reich Piano Phase
Rzewski Cotton Mills Blues
Zappa Ruth is Sleeping
Adams Hallalujah Junction

Schubert for four hands

Schubert Six Grandes Marches et Trios, D 819 No. 5 E-flat minor Andante
Kurtág Játékok (excerpts)
Schubert Allegro A minor „Lebensstürme“, D 947
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Schubert Trois Marches Militaires, D 733
Crumb Celestial Mechanics (Makrokosmos IV)
Schubert Sonata B-flat Major, D 617
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Discography

Le temps, mode d'emploi for 2 pianos & electronics

Le temps, mode d'emploi for 2 pianos & electronics

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, Experimental studio of the SWR
Neos, DDD, 2019
RECORD OF THE YEAR - DEUTSCHE SCHALLPLATTENKRITIK

Fantasias

Fantasias

Purcell / Kurtág - Mozart / Busoni - Schubert - Scriabin - Rachmaninov
NEOS 2017, 21501

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

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

Carl Reinecke

Carl Reinecke

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

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

Carmina Burana (Kammerversion)

Carmina Burana (Kammerversion)

Lenneke Ruiten, Christoph Genz, Stephan Genz, GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart, Rupert Huber
SWR Classic, DDD, 2010

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