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April, 2003

New pages published this month:

Women as Duopianists
The latest project to be published on this site is an annotated listing of women, and their partners, who primarily played in established duo piano teams. This list is chronological, beginning with the early 1900's and following up to today's newest teams. (see below for more about why this page was written)

I also hope you will take time to read the "Letters To The Editor"that were sent in January, February and March, 2003. It is regrettable that because of hardware failure I lost the emails sent September through December 2002. If you submitted the name of a pianist to be included on this site during that time, please send it again.

New for the page "Today's Top Concert Pianists"

    Nina Milkina (b. Moscow, Jan. 27, 1919)

New for the page "Other Contemporary Women Pianists"


(more about developing the "Women as Duopianists" page)

I first thought of developing a listing of women duopianists after attending two duo recitals the first weekend of February: Maribeth and Bradford Gowen in Rockville, MD, (later in March performing at the Phillips Collection and the Washington Conservatory in D.C.) and Cipa and Mischa Dichter in Baltimore, Maryland. The Dichter recital included a lecture/interview with the artists and the audience in which the Dichter's discussed several interesting dynamics of playing (and practising) which only occur in duet and duo playing. I had already read several online interviews (see their listing in the Duopianists page) of them and knew of Cipa's struggles to understand the relationship during practice sessions. In the Baltimore interview she mentioned reading a book which helped her to understand the differences in communication between men and women, very important when practicing as a duo. Also during the interview Mischa made the statement that there has been a revival in just the past twenty years or so of duopiano teams, whereas the "golden era" of duopianism had been in the 1920's and 30's. With this intriguing idea I set out to research and compile well-known duopiano and duet teams. I first thought the page would only feature the husband/wife teams, capitalizing on the Valentine's month, but then I ran across several interesting "sister acts" and had to include them also. I gathered a large amount of material preparing this page and will soon prepare a page of previously published quotes from several of the teams regarding the aspects and difficulties involved in duo playing. Personally I found the anecdotes and trial-and-error experiences fascinating reading, probably because I empathized with them since I enjoy performing with my husband. He, though, is more an organist than pianist so we only perform piano/organ duets in public. Nevertheless we like to dabble in the duet and duopiano literature and maybe after reading the lives of some of the pianists featured on the new page, others of our readers will take up this challenging, yet very rewarding field of piano playing.

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Rose Eide-Altman, editor
published March 31,2003

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