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Symphonic Piano Duo
About the artists:
Marialena Fernandes and Ranko Marković have held duo concerts since 2000 recieving special acclaim for their performances of piano transcriptions of symphonies by Mahler and Bruckner. Appearances took place in the Museum of Art History (on Mahler’s original piano), in the Arnold Schoenberg Center and the Jewish Museum in Vienna, at the Festival of the Four Cultures in Lodz, in the Austrian Cultural Forums in London and in New York, at the University of California in Los Angeles and at McGill University in Montreal, at the Kazakh National Music Academy in Astana, at the Con Brio Festival in the NCPA in Mumbai and under the auspices oft he Austrian Embassy in Jerusalem.
The duo also took part in the Mahler Symposium at Vienna State Opera on 18 May 2011, the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death. Gramola – the prestigeous Austrian CD-label – has published their recording of Bruckner’s 3rd Symphony (as arranged by Gustav Mahler) and Liszt’s own piano duo version of „Les Préludes“ in June 2012.
Marialena Fernandes is professor of chamber music at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She was born in Mumbai, India, and received her musical training at the Academy of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna; her teachers were Walter Panhofer, Bruno Seidlhofer, Stanislav Neuhaus and Tamás Vásáry. Even as a student, she won prizes at major international piano competitions such as the International Beethoven Competition and the Börsendorfer Competition in Vienna. Solo concerts in Europe, Asia, Africa, America and Australia, at the Salzburg Festival, the Vienna Festival, the Haydn Festival and the Styrian Autumn followed. Recently, she has also appeared as the successful organizer of innovative concert series, including those at the Vienna Musikverein, in which she integrates different styles from classical music, via improvisation up to ethnic and contemporary music.
Ranko Marković is the artistic director of Konservatorium Wien University. He was born in Zagreb, Croatia, and studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, at the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest, at the Tchaikovsky Conservatoire in Moscow and in London. His teachers include Peter Lang, Alfons Kontarsky, Ferenc Rados, Yevgeny Malinin and Maria Curcio. He has performed recitals and chamber music concerts in London, Vienna, Salzburg, Moscow and St. Petersburg (Philharmonia) etc. and has recently also played with the Kopelman Quartet in Vienna Musikverein and with the Konservatorium Wien Chamber Music Ensemble in the Poly Theatre in Beijing.
Thursday March 28 | 7:30 pm
Embassy of Austria | 3524 International Court NW | Washington, DC 20008