"The two pianists lack nothing, neither temperament, igniting rhythmic design, nor warmth or sonic sensibility." (Klassik Heute)

Anna and Ines Walachowski have long been among the leading piano duos of the present. For almost two decades, the two sisters have since thrilled audiences at the international concert podiums.

They received invitations to many renowned festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern, the Dresden Music Festival, the MDR Music Summer, the Lower Saxony Music Festival, the Moselfest Weeks, the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival but also the Harbin Music Festival (China) or the Bangkok Music Festival (Thailand).

Born in Poland, they received their first piano lessons at the age of four and six, respectively. In 1983, the family moved to Germany. Anna and Ines completed their studies at the Musikhochschule Hannover and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. They received significant musical impulses from Professor Karl Heinz Kämmerling and Professor Alfons Kontarsky, who described the sisters as "strong personalities with assertiveness and strong will". But these strong personalities do not stand in the way of each other, on the contrary - thanks to their common teachers and their extraordinary harmony, they physically and creatively form a unity from which they benefit as a duo: "They play like a cast" (pizzicato).

The legendary American music critic and "piano pope" Harold C. Schonberg was already impressed by the vital playing style of the two pianists. His enthusiastic commentary on the occasion of their debut CD was, "They seem to have unlimited technique, they use a very wide dynamic range, and they prophesied, 'We will be hearing from them again.'

In fact, the discography of the piano duo is versatile and extensive. The wide range of recordings includes works by Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and the double concertos by Mendelssohn and Poulenc to Rachmaninov, Ravel and Gershwin.

One of the CDs surprises with the critically acclaimed recording of contredanses by the Polish composer Stanislaw Moniuszko (1819-1872). An additional merit of this CD may be that the composer, who is relatively unknown beyond his country borders, can now be noticed by a wider audience. The new 2017 album by the Sisters is all about the enigmatic relationship of Clara - Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The piano quartet No.1 by Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann's only four-hand piece march in A-flat major will be heard. This recording is completed with the images from the East op.66 by Robert Schumann. Anna and Ines debuted as a duo in 1996. Since then they have performed regularly in important music halls such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Liederhalle Stuttgart, the Prinzregententheater Munich, the Stadtcasino Basel, the KKL Luzern or the Philharmonies of Wroclaw, Lodz and Olsztyn. Successful collaborations with Juliane Köhler, Norbert Blüm, Friedrich von Thun and Roger Willemsen expanded the artistic spectrum of the versatile piano duo. The sisters are currently performing with actor Rufus Beck and children's book author Stefan Gemmel.

In the summer of 2003, a production by WDR for ARTE produced the documentary "Klavier-Doppel", a 45-minute film portrait about Anna and Ines Walachowski.

 

 

 

"The two pianists lack nothing, neither temperament, igniting rhythmic design, nor warmth or sonic sensibility." (Klassik Heute)

Anna and Ines Walachowski have long been among the leading piano duos of the present. For almost two decades, the two sisters have since thrilled audiences at the international concert podiums.

They received invitations to many renowned festivals such as the Rheingau Music Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern, the Dresden Music Festival, the MDR Music Summer, the Lower Saxony Music Festival, the Moselfest Weeks, the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival but also the Harbin Music Festival (China) or the Bangkok Music Festival (Thailand).

Born in Poland, they received their first piano lessons at the age of four and six, respectively. In 1983, the family moved to Germany. Anna and Ines completed their studies at the Musikhochschule Hannover and the Mozarteum in Salzburg. They received significant musical impulses from Professor Karl Heinz Kämmerling and Professor Alfons Kontarsky, who described the sisters as "strong personalities with assertiveness and strong will". But these strong personalities do not stand in the way of each other, on the contrary - thanks to their common teachers and their extraordinary harmony, they physically and creatively form a unity from which they benefit as a duo: "They play like a cast" (pizzicato).

The legendary American music critic and "piano pope" Harold C. Schonberg was already impressed by the vital playing style of the two pianists. His enthusiastic commentary on the occasion of their debut CD was, "They seem to have unlimited technique, they use a very wide dynamic range, and they prophesied, 'We will be hearing from them again.'

In fact, the discography of the piano duo is versatile and extensive. The wide range of recordings includes works by Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and the double concertos by Mendelssohn and Poulenc to Rachmaninov, Ravel and Gershwin.

One of the CDs surprises with the critically acclaimed recording of contredanses by the Polish composer Stanislaw Moniuszko (1819-1872). An additional merit of this CD may be that the composer, who is relatively unknown beyond his country borders, can now be noticed by a wider audience. The new 2017 album by the Sisters is all about the enigmatic relationship of Clara - Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms. The piano quartet No.1 by Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann's only four-hand piece march in A-flat major will be heard. This recording is completed with the images from the East op.66 by Robert Schumann. Anna and Ines debuted as a duo in 1996. Since then they have performed regularly in important music halls such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Gewandhaus Leipzig, the Liederhalle Stuttgart, the Prinzregententheater Munich, the Stadtcasino Basel, the KKL Luzern or the Philharmonies of Wroclaw, Lodz and Olsztyn. Successful collaborations with Juliane Köhler, Norbert Blüm, Friedrich von Thun and Roger Willemsen expanded the artistic spectrum of the versatile piano duo. The sisters are currently performing with actor Rufus Beck and children's book author Stefan Gemmel.

In the summer of 2003, a production by WDR for ARTE produced the documentary "Klavier-Doppel", a 45-minute film portrait about Anna and Ines Walachowski.

 

 

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