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.
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.
the four-hand duo has participated in outreach programs and master
classes at schools in over ten states.
October, 1997, issue of Clavier magazine featured the pianists'
outreach activities with a cover story.
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.
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.
typically thick, folk-influenced sonorities take advantage of the
depth of tone in an 1895 Steinway."
- Keyboard Magazine, February 2002
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
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