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Kutrowatz Piano Duo

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Biography

Kutrowatz Piano Duo: Their work as a piano duo gained decisive impetus at master classes in Freiburg with Karl Ulrich Schnabel (the only course held in Europe until then by the son of the legendary Arthur Schnabel, specialist for piano duo and modern pedal technique) and in Lockenhaus with Franz Rupp, the famous violinist Fritz Kreisler's congenial piano partner.

Their first success in international competition was in Stresa/Italy in 1986, with 1st prize in the piano duo class. To this they added numerous awards and honours, including the Arts Prize of the Province of Burgenland and the Theodor Kery Foundation Prize. Johannes Kutrowatz is also prize-winner in the International Schubert Competition Graz 1992 and was awarded a Bösendorfer scholarship.

The varied training of the two musicians, their wide range of activities (as pianists, chamber musicians, lied accompanists, conductors) and their keen interest in other fields of the arts certainly contribute to the great depth of expression and the versatility of their playing. Another factor may well be that the art of piano duet performance requires a measure of constructive dialogue and stimulating debate between the players that is more readily achieved between siblings.

Concert tours have taken the Kutrowatz brothers to many European countries, to Asia (Japan, Korea), Canada, the USA, Australia and Africa. Through performances in foremost concert-halls world wide, including: Vienna (Konzerthaus and Musikverein), Eisenstadt (Haydnsaal), London (Wigmore Hall), Munich (Herkulessaal), Tokyo (Suntory Hall), New York (Carnegie Hall) and invitations to leading music festivals such as the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade, Haydn Festival/Eisenstadt, New York Schubertiade, Ruhr Piano Festival, Kremerata Chamber Music Festival/Lockenhaus, Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival/Finland, or the Australian Kowmung Festival, the two pianists are now in great demand as international performers.

Besides chamber music, their work with orchestras (including Vienna Concert Society, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Kremerata Baltica) and choirs (Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Vienna Chamber Choir), and their openness towards cross-cultural/interdisciplinary projects (such as homunculus dance theatre) further illustrate the artistic versatility of Eduard and Johannes Kutrowatz.

Radio and television appearances and much acclaimed CD productions with works by Schubert, Brahms, Liszt, Strauss, Gershwin, Bernstein, Takács, Piazzolla document their musical achievements.

Eduard and Johannes Kutrowatz are the founders and artistic directors of their own international music festival "klangfruehling" at the castle of Schlaining/Burgenland/Austria: www.klangfruehling.com. Since 2007 Johannes Kutrowatz is also artistic director of the Yamanakako Klangsommer Festival/Japan. Starting 2009 they are artistic directors of the Liszt Festival Raiding/Burgenland/Austria: www.lisztfestival.at.

Eduard and Johannes Kutrowatz are teaching at the Music University in Vienna.