THORSON & THURBER
Founders of the Samsø Piano Festival, THORSON &THURBER are one of the most established piano duos in Northern Europe.They began their duo partnership whilst fellow-students at the Royal College of Music, and since then have explored pretty well every nook and cranny of the repertoire.
Neglected masterpieces as well as scores with the ink still wet on the page have rubbed shoulders with established works in their programmes, giving them their unique flavour .Indeed,a concert given in London in 1993 was selected as the outstanding musical event of the year by The Independent’s critic Nicholas Williams.
Their recordings include the complete duo works of Ravel and Rachmaninov (Gramophone’s Critics’ Choice)…Dvorak (“very strongly recommended”-Brilliant Classics)…Poulenc (“The Danish-based duo Thorson & Thurber are among the few who have really cracked the secrets of this music”-Classic CD)…Kim Helweg (“There is no denying the verve of the writing, nor indeed the tremendous advocacy it receives”-Gramophone)…Adrian Jack (voted album of the week by The Independent, “The music combines mercurial invention with full-dress pianistic grandeur”).
CHRISTODOULOS GEORGIADES – a multi-faceted musician, pianist, composer, juror, and presenter of music, pays his 4th visit to Samsø this year.
Born in Nicosia, he studied in Vienna and Moscow, and in 1969 was invited to New York by the Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis. This revelatory and invigorating experience broadened his musical horizons and led to a turning point that shaped his future career.
As a solo pianist he has toured America, Europe, the Middle and Far East, and Mexico, and his output includes 5 recordings and over 80 compositions that range from children’s pieces to opera. A recent concert of his works to mark his 70’th birthday in London received enthusiastic reviews.
Janus er en af den nye generations mest alsidige talenter med et virke der omfatter både opera, liedkunst, kammermusik og solokoncerter. Janus begyndte at spille klaver som 9-årig og spillede sin første koncert blot 3 måneder senere. I 2006 modtog han Guldmedaljen ved Berlingske Tidendes Klassiske Musikkonkurrence samt Jacob Gades Talentlegat. I 2012-14 studerede Janus ved den internationalt anderkendte klaverpædagog Andrzej Jasinski i Katowice, Polen. Mødet med den polske klavertradition var en kæmpe inspiration og siden sin hjemkomst har Janus studeret på solistklassen ved Syddansk Musikkonservatorium, hvor han bl. a. vandt 1. pris i Solistkonkurrencen i 2015. Janus har også vundet flere priser som akkompagnatør for sangere og modtog i foråret 2016 Odd Fellow-logens legat for sit samarbejde med den polske cellist Mikolaj Blaszczyk.
Siden 2008 har Janus arbejdet med grundlæggeren af Samsø Klaverfestival, Julian Thurber, og sammen har de arbejdet på Debutkoncerten der afslutter Soliststudiet på konservatoriet – et rent Liszt-program, der både viser Liszt fra den virtuose såvel som poetiske side. Janus indspiller Debutprogrammet ”På rejse med Liszt” i efteråret og debuterer i februar 2018.
Steinway Artist Richard Cionco has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall in New York, and almost every major U.S. city, as well as in China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Germany, Italy, and Denmark. He has toured with and recorded, the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto
No. 3, and most recently he has been performing the Grieg concerto, the two Liszt concertos and Totentanze.
A graduate of the University of Maryland and The Juilliard School, where he was a scholarship and fellowship recipient, Mr. Cionco won the Helen Fay Piano Prize upon graduation for exceptional achievement and character. Each summer he teaches at the Orfeo Int’l Music Festival in the Italian Alps. Formerly a teaching fellow at Juilliard, Mr. Cionco is currently full Professor of Piano at California State University Sacramento.
Other projects include a new CD of Beethoven’s late piano music, two short films by Anders Østerballe. Several of Mr. Cionco’s original compositions and arrangements have been performed in the U.S., Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Brazil. His first solo CD, Latin American Music for Solo Piano on Centaur Records, has received rave reviews, notably by the American Record Guide.
Morten Gunnar Larsen studied classical piano at Norges Musikkhøgskole (1978). In 1975 he had his debut records, Classic Rags and Stomps, for which he won Spellemannprisen 1976.He next founded Ophelia Ragtime Orchestra in 1977 and performed with stride pianist Eubie Blake, to whom Larsen composed Memories of Eubie. Larsen worked in New Orleans over longer periods of time, resulting in a tour and the performance One mo’ time (1979–81) written by Vernel Bagneris.
Larsens collaboration with Bagneris continued with the performance Jelly Roll!! – the music and the man, dedicated Jelly Roll Morton, and performed at Oslo Jazzfestival 1990. It also had eleven months at Off-Broadway (1994–95) and published as CD (GHB, 1996). This work gave Larsen the OBIE Award 1995. He had earlier received the Buddy Award og Foreningen norske jazzmusikeres «Årets jazzmusiker» (1992) in his home country Norway. He participated in several recordings in the Magnolia Jazzband (1974–93) and Ytre Suløens Jassensemble up until 1992 and from 2011 has participated in Norbert Susemihl’s Joyful Gumbo.