FRENCH EVENING

XIX International Festival "Nova Music and Architecture"

11.07. (Saturday), 8pm
Great Hall of the Artus Court
Tickets: 25/15 PLN
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DUO BENZAKOUN
Laurence BENZAKOUN – piano
Daniel BENZAKOUN – piano

Program includes:
M. Ravel, C.Saint-Saëns, C. Debussy, F. Poulenc

The Duo Benzakoun based in Orléans, France, is acclaimed for its interpretation of an extensive and diverse musical repertoire. The Duo Benzakoun embodies exceptional talent; performing with great ease, emotion and virtuosity the works of celebrated composers such as Mozart, Ravel, Stravinsky or Rachmaninoff.

The Duo Benzakoun performs extensively in concert halls worldwide (details available under the “concerts” heading). Additionally, they have received numerous awards of excellence in international competitions between 1988 and 1991. Their performances in France include the Salle Cortot, Musique en Sorbonne, la Grange de Nohant, as well as Tours in the Region Centre of the country.  The Duo Benzakoun’s most recent international tours include appearances in England, Norway, Italy, Austria, Israel, Mexico, Madagascar, Canada, Cyprus. They have also performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and the Chicago Cultural Center. The Duo Benzakoun’s performance repertoire includes Poulenc’s Concerto for two  under the direction of J.-Y. Ossonce. They have also created a   piece with singer-soprano Corinne Sertillanges, entitled Evocación . As well, they periodically perform a critically acclaimed theatrical  performance entitled “Le Carnaval des Animaux” with the Clin d’oeil company.  Whatever the occasion,  of the duo’s performances onstage are a source of great delight for the audience. Audiences and critics are unanimous: “The two pianists appear as perfect duettists; their main quality lies in the sound balance emanating from the writing, and their capacity to successfully reveal the emotions which transcend the musical work.” (Ouest France).

Both pianists hold an Artist Diploma degree from the Jerusalem Rubin Academy where they studied with the Eden-Tamir Duet.  After an international career of nearly twenty years, the Duo Benzakoun ranks among the best interpreters of the repertoire for two , piano duet and two  with orchestra.

For more information about the Festival, please visit the website: www.muz-arch.pl