G&D "intense at white heat" at the Inaugural Concert of the Dranoff International Two Piano Competition in Miami (USA)
"Impressive unanimity... Vivid... Witty... Intense at white heat... Deft articulation and astonisching digital power", reports the music reviewer of the Miami Herald newspaper Lawrence Budman about the Duo's recital at the Gusman Hall of the University of Miami Frost School of Music, which rang in the 12th Dranoff International Two Piano Competition and was celebrated with standing ovations.
Inaugural Concert at Cloister Michaelstein uppon Blankenburg/Harz (Germany)
"Impressive versatility... Expressive and multifarious... Brilliant!", in this way the Volksstimme newspaper discribes G&D's concert in the Refectory, which rang in the season's beginning of both the Cloister Concerts and of the Master Course for Piano Solo and Piano Duo at the Music Academy Cloister Michaelstein uppon Blankenburg/Harz. The subsequently following yearly Master Course has guided numerous participants from 12 countries to the Cloister Michaelstein and has concluded with a remarkable closing concert of selected participants under the slogan "Keyboard Dreams".
"Richly Rewarding Piano Suites by Anton Arensky" (USA)
"Genova and Dimitrov perform with such a delicate and pearly touch that Arensky’s melody seems wrapped in a shower of jewels... This is a very fine recording!", reports in poetic and euphoric style the reviewer of the leading US American music system HBDirect about the CD "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" in the reviews area Expedition Audio.
American Record Guide rhapsodizes (USA)
"Genova and Dimitrov are brilliant. Their ensemble is spot on. A fantastic recording!", rhapsodizes America's leading music magazine the American Record Guide about the CD Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos in its recent issue.
Arensky CD: "Buy Recommendation of the Month" of Klassika Magazine (Germany)
The new CD of the Duo "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" was announced a "Buy Recommendation" of the Klassika Magazine 11/2012.
1.Round of the Dranoff Two Piano Competition Miami accomplished successfully (USA)
Genova & Dimitrov have screened the candidates' DVDs at the 1.Round of the world's biggest and most important piano duo contest - the Dranoff Two Piano Competition Miami, as its Artistic Directors. The procedure took place in camera in New York. According to it, 16 teams from the entire world were invited to appear at the 2.Round of the Competition - the Live Auditions in Beijing, Hannover and Chicago in December.
G&D in the "Spiegel" Magazine (Germany)
"Genova & Dimitrov piano duo - snappiness with deep thoughtfulness! Two perfectly harmonizing virtuosi!"
5* Top Rating from Graz (Austria)
"With its subtlety and virtuosity the homogeneous piano duo Genova & Dimitrov makes this elegant music flourish." The Graz Kleine Zeitung awards the CD "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" with its 5 Stars Top Rating.
CD Special Recommendation of the Bavarian Radio Munich (Germany)
The Bavarian Radio Munich announces the new CD of G&D "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" its CD Special Recommendation. "Once these Suites are played with such an enchanting panache, rhythmically so flexible and simultaneously so catchy, as they are played in this soundly superb new CD recording of the Genova & Dimitrov piano duo, then they make just enormous fun. A real discovery!", reports the music reviewer of the Bavarian Radio Classic Broadcasting Piazza.
The "Musique pour tous" Magazine recommends the CD "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" (Canada)
The Canadian Magazine "Musique pour tous" ("Music for All") highly recommends the new CD of the Duo "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos":
"The world-known Genova & Dimitrov piano duo makes this music immortal. Genova & Dimitrov are brilliant, incisive and highly musical duo. They are the experts in that genre."
Piano Duo Masters Students of G&D again successful in San Marino (Italy)
One Masters Piano Duo team from Genova & Dimitrov's class wins the 3rd Prize at the International Piano Duo Competition in San Marino. The two Korean pianists could establish themselves among the competition prize winners as the only ones with Asian descent. The 1st Prize was not awarded.
10* Top Rating of the "Klassik Heute" Music Magazine for the CD "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" (Germany)
The Dachau Music Magazine "Klassik Heute" ("Classic Today") appraises the new CD of the Duo "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" with its 10* Top Rating and describes the recordings as "Effortless and soundly sensitive interpetations with wit and classiness."
G&D at the European Music Weeks Festival in Passau: "Homogeneous music" (Germany)
"A compelling, immediately prepossessing and astonishing interpretation, which makes one strongly believe, this music could be played only this and no other way... Marvelous synchrony, so harmonic and sublime and resting in itself, as there would be only one and the same heart beating simultaneously in two bodies... One felt embraced, enraptured and imagine to be part of the music himself... It is deeply touching experience to have the chance to enjoy live such talent!", reports the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper about the Duo's appearance at the European Music Weeks Festival in the Great Rathaussaal in Passau.
NordWest Radio Bremen strongly recommends the CD "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" (Germany)
"For long time already Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov belong to the top of the piano duo world... They live and breath the music together... This is a superb new album of Genova & Dimitrov!"
"Elegant strokes of genios", Klassik.com about the CD "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" (Germany)
The leading German-speaking music magazine Klassik.com describes the new CD of teh Duo "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" as "Elegant strokes of genios" and decorates it with top rating for Interpretation, Sound Quality and Repertory Value.
G&D "Truly astonishing" at the Hurth Music Summer Festival of the Erftkreis Series/Cologne (Germany)
The Cologne Rundschau newspaper describes the G&D appearance at the German Hurth Music Summer Festival of the Erftkreis Series/Cologne as "Truly astonishing" and rhapsodizes further on: "Fascinating technique... Joy of playing and temperament... Movie-like sound pictures and crystal clear precision". The Cologne Stadt-Anzeiger newspaper underpins with its unambiguous sentence the endless thundering applauses at the fully sold-out hall of the Castle Konradsheim/Cologne as well: "Fulminant coalescence... Breathtaking!... World Class Duo!"
The new CD "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" has been released (Germany)
The new CD of the duo "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" (cpo 777 651-2) has been released. For first time in history of the world discography it presents the complete Five Suites for Two Pianos of the Russian composer Anton Arensky (among others, teacher of Rachmaninoff and Scriabin).
The two pianists dedicated this CD release to their own teacher - the piano legend Vladimir Krainev - who passed away in 2011.
NDR Music Day 2012 in Hannover (Germany)
G&D enchanted the Hannover audience at the NDR Radio Music Day 2012 with an extraordinary project - at the Opernplatz of the state capital city the Duo appeared at an Open Air concert together with members of the NDR Hannover Radio Philharmonic and the Hannover State Orchestra (among others, with Isabelle van Keulen as I.Violin). In the program: Camille Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals.
"A Musical Fairy Tale World" at the Juelich Citadel (Germany)
"Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov granted the audience in the sold-out Castle Chapel of the Juelich Citadel a musical fairy tale world and a true delectation", reports the Aachener Zeitung about the celebrated recital of the Duo at the Juelich Schlosskonzerte Festival.
New competition win of G&D Piano Duo Master Students in Valberg (France)
One Master Piano Duo from the G&D's class has won the International Piano Duo Competition for 1 piano fourhands in the French town of Valberg. By non-existing 1.Prize, the Korean pianists were awarded the 2.Prize.
New German representation (Germany)
With immediate effect, the General Management of the Duo - the KKManagement Ute Rost - takes over also the G&D's German representation.
The Duo's presentation at the University of Miami Frost School of Music (USA)
With a compact program G&D showcased the art of the concertant piano duo play to the faculty members and students of the University of Miami Frost School of Music in Clarke Recital Hall. Subsequently the artists answered the numerous questions of the audience and went into detailed conversations with the colleagues.
"Perfect Sound Symbiosis!" at the WDR Radio Concert in the Rudolf Oetker Halle / Live on Radio on 20.FEB 2013, 20:05 CET (Germany)
"Perfect Sound Symbiosis!... Joy of playing, which one meets very rarely on the concert stage... Onomatopoeic play... Thundering
applause!" reports the Westfalen Blatt Newspaper about the Duo's recital in the Bielefeld Rudolf Oetker Halle. The entire live recording of the program will be broadcasted on WDR 3 Radio on Wednesday, 20.FEB 2013, 20:05 CET. Announcement to the Broadcasting >>
Fanfare Magazine in ecstasy (USA)
The US American music magazine Fanfare reports ecstatically about the CD Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos in its recent issue - "Duo-Pianism of the highest order... A sparkling rendition!"
Live Auditions Round of the Int. Dranoff Two Piano Competition Miami (China, Germany, USA)
In their position as Jury Chairpersons Genova & Dimitrov have accomplished the 2nd Round of the International Dranoff Two Piano Competition Miami and could successfully conclude the Preliminary Phase of the world's leading piano duo contest by choosing the 8 Semi Finalist teams. The Live Auditions took place at the Central Conservatory in Beijing, at the University of Music in Hannover and at the Roosevelt University in Chicago.
Hannoversche Allgemeine newspaper headlines: "Adorable Piano Enchantments" (Germany)
Hannover's leading newspaper - the Hannoversche Allgemeine - review the CD of the Duo Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos: "Remarkable artistic range. Genova & Dimitrov play these adorable piano enchantments just as masterfully, as sensitive."
Genova & Dimitrov in Nordlingen (Germany)
"Tripping... dreamy... effortless. Breathtaking play!" reports the Augsburger Allgemeine Newspaper about G&D's season opening concert of the Klassik im Ries Festival in the German town of Nordlingen.
CD Special Recommendation of Piano InForum (Luxemburg)
"Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" was chosen to be CD Special Recommendation of the Luxemburg online magazine Piano InForum.
BBC Music Magazine about G&D (Great Britain)
"Genova & Dimitrov's interpretations are a first-rate advocacy for Arensky's unfailingly attractive and tuneful Suites", writes the worldwide leading English BBC Music Magazine and appraises the newest CD of the Duo "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" its 4 Stars Top Rating.
The "Stern" Magazine reports about Genova & Dimitrov (Germany)
"Finest recordings... Sparkling virtuosity... Motivating... A rediscovery!", the "Stern" Magazine reports about the new CD of the Duo "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" and awards it the 4* Top Rating.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung announces its judgement (Germany)
"Played by the Genova & Dimitrov piano duo with rich, full-blooded sound, but simultaneously remarkably mellow, the Five Suites of Anton Arensky go directly into one's ear and heart", judges the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on the CD "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos".
"A Discographic Benchmark", Musik & Theater (Switzerland)
Titeling its article "Double delight" the leading Swiss music magazine "Musik & Theater" nominates the CD "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" "A Discographic Benchmark" and undergirds its statement with the comments: "Sublime interpretations on highest pianistic level".
The new CD "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" presented in Auckland (New Zealand)
The New Zealand National Radio dedicates five consecutive presentation broadcastings to the CD "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos".
4* Top Rating: The Vienna "Kronenzeitung" recommends the CD "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" (Austria)
"Delightfully colorful, sound sensitive and homogenous recordings. A blessing for the ear!", judges Austria's leading "Kronenzeitung" the CD "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" and award it its 4* Top Recommendation.
Audiophile Audition about the new CD "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" Portland, Oregon (USA)
"Effervescent music with amazingly charming, simple and direct melodies. Excellent recordings!", announces the Portland, Oregon based US music magazine "Audiophile Audition" about the CD "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos".
"Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" - Special CD Recommendation of the KulturRadio RBB Berlin Brandenburg (Germany)
The KulturRadio RBB Berlin Brandenburg describes the new CD of the Duo "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" as "Irresistible and Adorable", appraises it further with the 5 Stars Top Rating "Excellent" and announces it its Special CD Recommendation.
G&D on tour in Sofia and Varna (Bulgaria)
The G&D's concerts in Bulgaria with the ClassicFM M-Tel Orchestra under the baton of Maxim Eshkenazy were appraised by the local media as "the summer 2012 music highlights". In the Great "Bulgaria" concert hall in Sofia and in the Palace of Culture and Festivals in Varna in the framework of the Varna Summer Music Festival the Artists appeared with Sandor Veress' "Hommage a Paul Klee" and George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess Fantasy". The Duo's appearances, which were applauded frenetically by the audience, were recorded by the BNT Bulgarian National Television and broadcasted live both by the BNT Bulgarian National Radio and on the Internet.
"Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" - Special CD Recommendation of HR Radio Frankfurt (Germany)
The HR Radio Frankfurt announces the new CD of the Duo "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" a Special CD Recommendation as well.
Radio NDR Hamburg/Hannover about the new CD "Anton Arensky - Five Suites for Two Pianos" (Deutschland)
As first media worldwide the Radio NDR Hamburg/Hannover reviewed the new CD of the Duo in a Special NDR Kultur Broadcasting: "Arensky himself couldn't even dream of better interpreters of his music than the Genova & Dimitrov piano duo.... Imaginative and diversified... More than just an artwork."
Think Big! Festival in Hannover (Germany)
The appearance of the piano duo at the Think Big! Music Festival 2012 in Hannover was considered "An absolute apogee of the festival program". At the sold out Great Richard Jakoby Concert Hall of the University of Music the two pianists played the extremely rarely presented Sonata for Two Pianos op.34b by Johannes Brahms.
New General Management (World)
With immediate effect, the KKManagement Ute Rost artists agency has taken over the worldwide General Management of the G&D Piano Duo. To the KKManagement's primary tasks will belong among others the coordination of the Duo's local representation agencies.
Students duo success at the All German Music Competition in Bonn (Germany)
The students duo Kim/Bodendorff from the class of Genova & Dimitrov has won the All German Music Competition 2012 in Bonn in the category Piano Duo. Consequently, the only two months young ensemble has been unanimously included into the BAKJK National Promotion List of Selected Young Musicians of the National German Music Council.
The Concerts with the Bielefeld Philharmonic conducted by Ari Rasilainen (Germany)
Francis Poulenc's Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra was on the program of the highly acclaimed concert appearances of Genova & Dimitrov with the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ari Rasilainen. By its frenetical applause, the feet trampling and the long-lasting Bravo calls, the audience at the Bielfeld Rudolf-Oetker-Halle insisted on numerous encores and was awarded it. Three newspapers reported about the concerts - "Buoyant, zappy, playful", the Neue Westfaelische; "Genova & Dimitrov's meteoric performances always spark", Klassik; "Variable touch, which educed from the instruments incredibly shimmering to mysterious sounds", the Westfalen-Blatt.