Professors of piano Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff, also known as the Pridonoff Duo, will open CCM’s 2010-11 Steinway Hall Series of Concerts on Thursday, Oct. 28. The concert is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. at Steinway Hall, 109 West 57th Street in New York City. The CCM Steinway Hall Series is open to the general public, but seating is limited. The next installment of this concert series will occur on Thursday, Dec. 9 and will feature CCM faculty member, and Steinway Artist, Sandra Rivers. More information, including concert footage of the Pridonoff Duo, after the jump!
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The Pridonoff Duo’s program will feature both classic and new works, including George Friderich Handel’s Passacaglia (arrangement by Pierre Luboshutz), Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Suite No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 5 (Fantaisie-Tableaux) and the New York premiere of CCM Composition Professor Douglas Knehans’ Cascade.
Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff formed the Pridonoff Duo in 1982 making their formal debut with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Paul Nadler. They have been compared to the great husband-wife piano duos of Josef and Rosina Lhevinne, and Vronsky and Babin and made successful debuts in New York’s Tully Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 1986. The Pridonoff Duo has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Italy, Belgium and Spain and has made frequent appearances at the Great Romantics Festival in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and at the American Liszt Festivals.
Elisabeth and Eugene Pridonoff serve as Co-Artistic Directors of the CCM Prague International Piano Institute and Elisabeth Pridonoff is on the faculty of the Brevard Music Center Festival. They are visiting faculty at the Ichionkai School in Tokyo, Japan where they are in residence twice yearly for two weeks. Featured in a cover photo and interview in the March 2005 issue of Clavier Magazine, and in Piano Artistry Magazine in China in 2006, the Pridonoff Duo serves as Duo-in-Residence and Professors of Piano at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and are Steinway Artists.
In October of 2008, CCM acquired 165 Steinway pianos, joining an elite group of only nine conservatories around the world classified as “All-Steinway” schools.