The 12 Pianists are an international piano ensemble with members from Germany, Russia, Japan and Egypt. Naturally, the different nationalities and schools have their influence and contribute to a richer, artistic output.
The audience will have a chance to listen to rarely-performed compositions for 8 up to 24 hands, as well as transcriptions of famous works of a classical repertoire, including Ravel's Bolero, Khatchaturian's Sabre Dance, Rossini´s Guillaume Tell and Saint-Saens´s Carnival of Animals. The Bolero for example, will be performed in a version of 8 pianists who enter the stage one after the other, resulting in a crescendo, according to the number of musicians playing.
The names of the musicians in alphabetical order are Sebastian Bausch, Heike Bleckmann, Dina El-Leisy, Noriko Ishikawa-Kratzer, Anna Kostenitch, Reimi Matsuda, Christine Schandelmeyer, Tatjana und Leonid Schick, Christoph Sischka, Eriko Takezawa, and Thomas Turek.
Christoph Sischka is a professor at the Freiburg University of Music. Others are lecturers at the music universities in Karlsruhe (Germany), San Sebastian (Spain) and Cairo (Egypt). The ensemble´s pianists have won numerous prizes at international piano competitions in Japan, the US, the Czech Republic, Italy and Germany. Others are artists, composers and teachers who perform world-wide. More than a dozen CD recordings, either as an ensemble, piano duo or soloists have received favourable commendations in music journals.
1 January at the Cairo Opera House
3 January at the Alexandria Opera House (Sayed Darwish Theatre)