I. Stravinsky: Petrushka
S. Rachmaninov: Six Morceaux, Op 11
M. Ravel: Rhapsodie Espagnole
‘Apekisheva and Owen light up Stravinsky's world with every phrase pellucidly clear; the precision of their playing is a delight in itself. … This performance crackles with excitement’ — BBC Music Magazine
‘it was a perpetual-motion machine of running notes and syncopated accents, passed and back forth with hair-raising virtuosity by Owen and Apekisheva’ — The Telegraph
‘Brilliant pianism and physical dexterity’ — Planet Hugill
One of the most highly-acclaimed piano duos performing today, Charles Owen and Katya Apekisheva are passionate advocates for the wide range of four hands and two piano repertoire. They began performing together in 2001 since when they have firmly established themselves as one of the leading piano duo partnerships. Their close collaboration stems from a shared teacher, the inspirational Irina Zaritskaya, with whom they both studied at the Royal College of Music. Their friendship dates from 1987 during a visit of students from the Gnessin School in Moscow to the Yehudi Menuhin School in Surrey. Charles & Katya have appeared in concerts together at many of the UK's major festivals - Cheltenham, Leicester, Ryedale, Music in Country Churches, Oxford Chamber Music and Machynlleth. Their BBC Radio3 broadcasts include the Brahms Haydn Variations from St George's Bristol and Fauré for the BBC1 Andrew Marr Show. Internationally they have performed at the Moscow Conservatoire, the Elverum Festival, Norway and in Mexico City playing the solo parts in the Mozart and Poulenc Double concertos with the UNAM Orchestra conducted by Jan Latham-Koenig. The duo released a highly acclaimed first recording for Quartz in 2016, featuring Stravinsky's two piano ballets, the Rite of Spring and Petrushka, with a dedication to the memory of their teacher. Together, Charles and Katya are the Artistic Directors and founders of the London Piano Festival, which is held annually at Kings Place.
This concert will be approximately 70 minutes in duration with no interval. Signing of CDs afterwards.