Friday, February 20 || 7:30 PM
Steinway Piano Gallery Miami
Bugallo Williams Piano Duo
Agon | Igor Stravinsky
Crossings | Amy Williams
Studies for Player Piano | Conlon Nancarrow
Self-portrait with Reich and Riley (and Chopin in the background) | György Ligeti
For Dennis Kam | Orlando Jacinto Garcia
Together in Perfect Harmony | Joseph Michaels
multiple selected works | György Kurtág
Hailed as “beyond brilliant” (San Francisco classical Voice) and “simply stunning” (Gramophone), the Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo has been presenting innovative programs of contemporary music throughout Europe and the Americas since 1995. Helena Bugallo and Amy Williams perform cutting-edge new works and masterpieces of the twentieth century for piano four-hands and two pianos, including works by Cage, Debussy, Feldman, Kagel, Kurtág, Ligeti, Nancarrow, Sciarrino, Stravinsky and Wolpe. They have premiered dozens of works, many of which were written especially for the Duo, and they have worked directly with such renowned composers as Louis Andriessen, Lukas Foss, Betsy Jolas, Bernard Rands, Steve Reich and Kevin Volans. They also collaborate with composers who explore new approaches to the piano through multimedia applications, electronics, and extended techniques. They frequently perform with additional players in works for multiple keyboards, chamber works for duo piano and instruments, and concertos. They have worked with conductors Peter Eötvos, Reinbert de Leeuw, Stefan Asbury, and Bradley Lubman.
As part of their mission to expand the repertoire for piano duet, the Duo has undertaken an extensive transcription project of the Studies for Player Piano by Conlon Nancarrow. This resulted in their critically acclaimed recording of Nancarrow’s complete music for piano duet and solo piano, released by Wergo in 2004. Their CD “Stravinsky in Black and White” (Wergo, 2007) includes original arrangements for piano duet and two pianos by the composer, two of which are world premiere recordings. They have also recorded music of Jorge Liderman (Albany, 2005), Erik Ona (Wergo, 2007), and Alberto Ginastera (Neos, 2010). They recently released the world premiere recording of Edgard Varèse’s arrangement of his Amériques for two pianos, eight hands (Wergo, 2009).
The Duo was formed in 1995, when Williams and Bugallo were graduate students at the State University of New York at Buffalo. They soon became regular performers at the June In Buffalo Festival, where they worked directly with numerous emerging and established composers. They began their Nancarrow project shortly thereafter, leading to their first performances in Europe (at the Aarhus Festival in Denmark in 1998) and South America (the Ciclo de conciertos de música contemporánea in Buenos Aires in 2000). They were fellows at the Akademie Schloß Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany in 2000 and 2001. Other important feature appearances include Miller Theatre (2004), Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik (2005 and 2007), Ojai Festival (2005 and 2007), CAL Performances (2005) and Subtropics Festival (2004 and 2007). Recent performances include the new Louis Andriessen two-piano concerto, The Hague Hacking, at the 2010 Warsaw Autumn Festival (with the Warsaw Philharmonic and conductor Reinbert de Leeuw), and recital appearances at the Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ in Amsterdam, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, MusikTriennale Köln, and Festival Attacca in Stuttgart. Avid proponents of contemporary music, they frequently present master classes and lecture-demonstrations at colleges and universities in the Americas and Europe.
Comp Forum 2/20 @ 12:00 PM WPAC RH