Luca and Cristina Palmas have been playing together for 23 years. Winner of many first prizes in national and international competitions, the Palmas Piano Duo have just released their new Schubert recording, which has already received excellent rewiews by national and international press and pointed out as “Want List material” by Fanfare Magazine (USA, 2021)
The brother-and-sister duo has been recently invited again by Rai Radio 3 (Italy) “La stanza della musica” (May, 2021), live programme that guests prestigious artists of world-wide reputation, where they played compositions from their last recording which includes unknown settings of Lieder beside well known masterpieces.
RSI (Switzerland) has recently devoted to Palmas Piano Duo two installments of “Arabesque” as well.
Since the beginning of their career Palmas Piano Duo distinguished themselves for their unusual piano duet repertory and drew attention of press and critics for their “excellent musicianship in terms of dynamics and phrasing” besides the “uniqueness of the musical material” recorded in their Cds (B. Ro.)
They are currently involved in a new project with the complete recording of the “Well- tempered clavier” by Bach in the four- hand version by Theodoire Dubois, in collaboration with other musicians.
The Duo trained at the school of distinguished musicians such as Pier Narcisio Masi, Trio di Parma and Sergio Marengoni. Their previous individual training and experience as solo and in chamber music, under the guidance of Mario Conter, Trio di Trieste , Aquiles delle Vigne, Oxana Yablonskaya, etc, contributed considerably to the achievementes of the Duo.
Winner of many first prizes in national and international competitions, they were recipient of Honorary Mention at the 12th International Web Concert Hall Competition, USA – 2011 and they were selected to participate in TIM (Tournoi International de Musique ) in Paris- 2012, were they were awarded Diploma d'Onore.
Cristina also devotes a large part of her time to art song accompaniment. After receiving her first training at the Vocal Music Academy Hugo Wolf in Acquasparta and the Vocal Music Academy in Casalpusterlengo, she studied the Lied repertoire under Charles Spencer. She partecipated in masterclasses held by Hans Peter Blochwitz, Norman Shetler and Irwin Gage. She complemented her education attending the Franz-Schubert-Institut in Baden bei Wien.
They performed throughout Italy and had concert appearances at “Il suono di Liszt a Villa d'Este”- Tivoli, Museum of Theatre alla Scala - Milan, ”MiTo Fringe-Milan, Premio Musica Roma, Spazio Novecento-Cremona, Festival Musicale della Riforma-Turin, A.GI.MUS- Padova, Concerti Aperitivo- Teatro Comunale di Casalpusterlengo, Fiabe e Musica- Villa Litta- Milan, Auditorium in Velletri, etc.
Their discography includes three Cds for the Italian Label “La Bottega Discantica”.Their first cd, with the world première recording of Dvorák's Dumky, in the composer's original version for piano duet and the Quintet op. 1 by Ernö Dohnányi, was released in 2008. On the occasion of the bicentenary of Robert Schumann (2010), the Duo recorded the Quartett op. 47 and Quintet op.44, in the version for piano duet by Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann. Their recordings were broadcast by RSI, Radio Classica, Radio 4 (Netherlands) and Radio Vaticana.