Tengstrand Sun Piano Duo
- Piano Duo
Tengstrand Sun Piano Duo: The pianists spent two grueling months, working both on their own and with Dominique Weber in Geneva, preparing for the finals. They were awarded the first prize, and a new entity was born. The Tengstrand-Sun Piano Duo's engagements for the 2007-08 season include performing Mendelssohn's Double Concerto in A-flat Major with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and recitals for Four Seasons Concerts in Oakland, CA, California State University/Fullerton, and the Wolf Trap Foundation.
In the 2006-07 season Tengstrand-Sun Piano Duo performed on the Rockefeller University evening series and as the closing concert of the prestigious Sarasota Concert Association. During Sweden's 2006 Helsingborg Piano Festival, they gave their first performance of the Bartok Concerto for Two Pianos and Percussion. Also in Sweden, they performed the Mozart Two Piano Concerto, and gave several other duo recitals. The duo made their New York recital debut in Merkin Hall in 2004 and performed there again the following season. Highlights since include performances of the Poulenc Concerto for Two Pianos with the Norrlands Opera Orchestra, touring Sweden under the baton of En Chao, and performing at the Giresta Piano Festival and the Linkoping Chamber Music Festival, both also in Sweden.
The duo has performed recitals for the Sunday Afternoons of Music series in Coral Gables and Fairfax Community Concert Series, among others. Tengstrand-Sun Piano Duo received a 2005 grant from the Salon de Virtuosi in New York City. Tengstrand-Sun Duo's latest release is on the Mindfeel label and includes works by Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Ravel, Lutoslawski and Milhaud. Mr. Tengstrand is also represented on the Pro Piano label and Ms. Sun on the China Records label. A recording titled Mozart for Mothers was recently released on CD for the composer's 250th anniversary. Per Tengstrand was born in Sweden and made his first public appearance when he was seven years old. He studied at the Paris and Geneva Conservatories and took first prize at the 1997 Cleveland International Piano Competition. He enjoys great success internationally, and is the subject of an acclaimed Swedish documentary entitled Solisten (The Soloist).
Shan-shan Sun gave her first public performance in her native China at the age of six. At age nine, she was admitted to the Young Artist Program at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, performing throughout China. In 1991, Ms. Sun relocated to the United States, continuing her studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music. She is an active soloist as well as a chamber musician. Among her piano instructors have been Paul Schenly, Anne Epperson, Sergei Babayan, Qing-hua Wang, and Susan Starr. Both Tengstrand and Sun take a special interest in presenting the repertoire of transcribed symphonic works in smaller cities where these works would otherwise not be heard. They are active participants of educational outreach in schools, pursuing a mission to bring classical music to young people.