Song of the summer? Our arrangement of "Erbarme Dich" from Bach's St. Matthew Passion has been named one of NPR Music's Favorite Songs of 2015. We're featured alongside Hilary Hahn, Kendrick Lamar, Sufjan Stevens, and Rihanna(!). Enjoy a free playlist of great songs!
We are super excited to announce that we’re the webcast hosts for this year’s Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition! Wouldn’t it be fun to sit next to us during a performance and let us give you the inside scoop? Well, guess what — we'll be doing all that and more, as we listen and watch the 24 best young pianists on the planet. The webcast runs from June 21st through June 28th. Before and after every performance throughout the competition, we’ll be preparing listeners for performances, discussing elements of the competition, showing behind the scenes videos, and speaking with competitors and people associated with the event. Like Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir commentating on the Olympics before us, we’ll get to analyze and cheer on all the young pianists as they glide, jump, and spin across the keys.
- Click here to go to the Cliburn Live webpage and watch the webcast of the First Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition. From there, choose the “2015 Junior Competition” on the left of the page to watch and listen with us as well!
- Click here to check out the schedule of events for each performance in the Junior Competition.
- Click here to read the bios of all the competitors themselves!
We've had quite a busy year so far — touring, a new album release, and a new music video — and the critics have taken note (and cast a pleasing eye)! We proudly present The Art of Bach review roundup:
Certainly [Bach] would have embraced Anderson & Roe's ingenuity and musicianship ... uncanny ensemble prowess ... gorgeously calibrated legato phrasing ... the music dances off the page.
Aggressively brilliant contrapuntal energy ... innately meditative lyricism.
The Absolute Sound:
Contemplative, refreshing ... One of the duo’s best characteristics is on display, the ability to bring clarity of line to textures that could easily sound cluttered ... Max Reger’s transcription of the Third Brandenburg Concerto is a glittering, fantastic ending to this gorgeous-sounding release.
Anderson and Roy are convincing, with clear articulation and an immensely wide range of expression, from brooding to determined, from comforting to exuberant. The result is a CD that combines opposites: touching and entertaining at the same time, capturing the essence of Bach. ... bold, unconventional vivacity ... reverent, subtle, and with great artistry.
Youthful, refreshing … their modern interpretations are dynamic and sophisticated and exploit the expressive dimensions of the piano without betraying the spirit of Bach, making for a very convincing and accessible album.
Intriguing ... Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe capture a slice of the American musical past, but they also expand upon it creatively, which is what brings projects like this to life.
Brilliant … transcendent… The Art of Bach offers listeners a new way of hearing Bach's works on piano from one of today's most exciting duos.
Anderson & Roe are among the best classical pianists before the public today … they can do anything. They play Mozart like nobody’s business: electrifying in its freshness and vitality. I don’t think I’ll ever hear [Mozart’s Sonata in D Major] played better.
… magical power, pure energy ….
Anderson & Roe transformed Michael Jackson’s "Billie Jean" from a piece of mass culture to a robustly intelligent, whirling perpetual motion, a "Bolero" of pop music.
And then, above all, this combination of pianistic skill and sheer physical strength! Anderson & Roe ramp up tension that magically draws in their listeners. “I felt like I was going to burst,” said one visitor, in all seriousness.
Bob Leweke, NPR:
Bloody knuckles and poked eyes: these two play rough.
Winnipeg Free Press:
In [Mozart's Concerto for Two Pianos], the two pianists asserted their commanding presence and true showmanship matched by dazzling technique. The couple then tossed off a jaw-dropping, four-handed encore...that grew more incredible by the minute.
Check out our schedule page to catch us in a town near you!
Have you ADMIRED us in WIRED?! ;-) Steinway Pianos has introduced a new player piano, the Spirio Piano, and it has caught the attention of some notable press. You can read the Wired article here or watch a commericial (featuring yours, truly!) for this deluxe and beguiling instrument.
We're thrilled to announce the upcoming release of our latest album (and our 4th album together as a duo!), The Art of Bach, on the Steinway Label.
From the press release:
“The most dynamic duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Review) offers a unique optic into the infinite genius of Bach on their newest album from the Steinway & Sons label aptly titled The Art of Bach. Spinning out from Bach’s only original works for two harpsichords — the Concerto in C Major and a revised version of the Contrapunctus XIII from The Art of the Fugue appendix, performed here on pianos — the album traverses his secular, scholarly and sacred works offering a vibrant portrait of Bach, who was, among other things, a master of counterpoint, a mathematical trickster and a transcendent spirit with a seemingly direct line to the heavens.
The album drops on January 13th, but you can pre-order your copy on ArkivMusic, Amazon, or iTunes. ArkivMusic is also offering an amazing deal: An Amadeus Affair & The Art of Bach together at a reduced price.
We're also throwing an intimate release concert in the very city the album was recorded (and in the very city we met, for that matter): Manhattan! Please save the date and join us at SubCulture, Greenwich Village's "music & arts oasis," on February 10th.
Read the album program notes here.
Take a sleigh ride with Greg Anderson
We're back on Buzzfeed, with a yet another collection of GIFs:
So, you play the piano ALL by yourself? Bor-ing! Two pianists are better (and sexier!), as proven by this crazy list featuring the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo.
Last June, Korea's MBC Television broadcast our concert at the LG Arts Center in Seoul. Here's our performance of Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise" (in our arrangement for piano, four-hands) from the event. It's one of our very favorite pieces; we hope you'll see why below!
From the site:
Playing classical piano isn’t for the faint of heart, mind, or fingers. In fact, it’s only for daredevils (as courageously demonstrated by the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo).