Biography

“ The Duo Pianistico Palmas is highly talented and unfailingly musical” (Fanfare 2009, review of the world première recording of Dumky by A. Dvorák – composer's original version for piano duet, and the Quintet op.1 by E. Dohnányi)

 

Trained at the school of distinguished musicians such as Pier Narcisio Masi, Trio di Parma and Sergio Marengoni, the Palmas Piano Duo has lately received important ackowledgements. 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.

 

Cristina also devotes a large part of his time to art song. 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.

 

Winner of many first prizes in national and international competitions, the Duo guested on Rai Radio Tre “La stanza della musica”, October 2012, as well as before on Rai Radio Tre “Piazza Verdi” and on RSI (Radio of Italian Switzerland) “Il bis di Paganini”, “Sabato pian piano” . Their recordings have also been broadcast by Radio Classica, Radio 4 (Netherlands) and Radio Vaticana.

 

In 2011 they were recipient of Honorary Mention at the 12th International Web Concert Hall Competition, USA.

 

In 2012 they were selected to participate in TIM (Tournoi International de Musique) in Paris, were they were awarded Diploma d'Onore.

 

They performed throughout Italy and have concert appearances at “Il suono di Liszt a Villa d'Este”- Tivoli, 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, etc.

 

Their discography includes two Cds for the Italian Label “La Bottega Discantica”, that were praised by the international press ( Fanfare Magazine-USA, Classical Music- UK). The 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. In 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.

 

The Duo has a wide-ranging concert repertoire that includes unknown settings of famous masterpieces besides the traditional repertoire.