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The Kipnis - Kushner Piano Duo was formed in 1995 and made its debut at the New York Musicians' Club, "The Bohemians." Appearances during subsequent seasons have included concerts in California, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Utah, Washington State, and, Washington, D.C.

The Duo has been heard in broadcasts over New York's WQXR and WNYC, Boston's WGBH, Pittsburgh's WQED, Los Angeles's KUSC, and seen on cable television in New York.

Additionally, the four-hand duo has participated in outreach programs and master classes at schools in over ten states.

The October, 1997, issue of Clavier magazine featured the pianists' outreach activities with a cover story.

The Kipnis/Kushner Duo was the only North American ensemble invited to perform at the Music in Old Crakow Festival in August, 1997, and in 1998, the Duo toured Brazil, in 2000 Germany.

Sadly, Igor Kipnis passed away in January, 2002, at the age of 71. He leaves behind a legacy of some eighty-one recordings of principally harpsichord repertoire, representing forty+ years as a concert and recording artist. The Kipnis-Kushner Duo recorded a second album of Brahms and Schubert is due to be released later this year on Palatine Recordings. Two solo fortepiano albums of Mr. Kipnis also remain to be released as a fortepiano legacy. For more detail on Igor Kipnis, please read his biography and a reminiscence by oboist, Jennifer Paull.

Reviews

"The typically thick, folk-influenced sonorities take advantage of the depth of tone in an 1895 Steinway."
- Keyboard Magazine, February 2002

"...there is much that is authentic in these wonderfully varied, rhythmically charged, and highly emotive performances. One rarely hears them performed so convincingly; in the case of the Dvorák and Brahms Dances, only Katia and Marielle Labèque reach this level..."

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