12 pianists in Cairo and Alexandria

Monday 27 Dec 2010

On 1 January 2011 at the Cairo Opera House and on 3 January at the Alexandria Opera House, Egyptian audiences will be able to watch 12 pianists presenting an outstanding visual and musical experience

12 pianists

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)


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