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Retrospect

7 May - 11:00 h (Local Time)
FreiRaum

Photo: Matthias Leitzke

MONA & RICA BARD
Piano duo

Matinee on 7 May 2017 at 11:00h in the FreiRaum

An infectious temperament and sensitive artistic expression characterize the playing of piano duo Mona & Rica Bard. At the matinee in the Autostadt they will perform pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Francis Poulenc and Maurice Ravel, playing at two pianos or with four hands at one piano.

THE DUO

Playing together on a single instrument binds people together, both mentally and in terms of physical coordination, so it is no surprise that a number of famous piano duos are siblings. One such duo is that of sisters Mona and Rica Bard, who have been playing the piano together since childhood.

But the two musicians first completed their solo studies separately – Mona Bard under Siegbert Panzer at the Mannheim University of Music and Performing Arts, Rica Bard under Konstanze Eickhorst at the Lübeck University of Music. They then completed their graduate recital together with Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl at the Rostock University of Music and Drama. Various master classes provided further inspiration for the sisters' musical development, not least with renowned piano duo Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen.

Mona and Rica Bard have been playing together as a piano duo since 1990 and have received a number of national and international awards. The sisters have received support from the German Music Council as part of the "Federal Selection of Concerts for Young Artists" and from the association Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now Berlin e. V. Concerts and festivals have taken the duo throughout Europe and to Asia and the USA. They have worked as soloists with orchestras including the Gürzenich Chamber Orchestra, the Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt and the Heidelberger Philharmoniker.
Mona and Rica Bard have recorded the concertos for two pianos and orchestra by Francis Poulenc and Jean Françaix with the German State Philharmonic Orchestra of Rhineland-Palatinate. This was the first recording of Françaix's concerto since the composer's own recording in 1967.


PROGRAM

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Sonata for two pianos in D major, KV 448

Francis Poulenc (1899–1963)
Sonata for two pianos (1953)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
Andante with five variations in G for piano four-hands, KV 501

Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
Rapsodie espagnole