Duo Lontano: Babette Hierholzer and Jürgen Appell, pianists to perform at Kaatsbaan

  Duo Lontano:  Babette Hierholzer and Jürgen Appell

  Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2:30 p.m

  Adults – $30, Student Rush and children – $10

 Kaatsbaan International Dance Center 120 Broadway, Tivoli, NY

Kaatsbaan, as part of its Music Inspires Dance Series, is pleased to welcome back Duo Lontano with pianists Babette Hierholzer and Jürgen Appell.  Duo Lontano was created in 2004 when Jürgen Appell and Ms. Hierholzer began a successful collaboration focusing on the entensive repertoire of four-hand/two piano music. In 2010 Babette and Jürgen performed a romantic program for two pianos at Kaatsbaan International Dance Center and the Catskill Music Festival (USA). In December of the same year, they received an invitation to Caracas, Venezuela, to perform Mozart’s Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra in E flat major KV 365 with the celebrated Orquesta Juvenil Simon Bolivar conducted by Maestro Gustavo Dudamel.  In March 2016, they received an invitation to Havana, Cuba, to perform Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of Animals “ for 2 pianos and orchestra with the Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Cuba conducted by Enrique Perez Mesa in addition to a series of 4-hand recitals.  In 2015, Duo Lontano released a CD containing four-hand works  by Felix Mendelssohn, including Mendelssohn’s own transcription of his String Octet.


The afternoon’s program will take audiences on a musical journey that spans the 16th through the 20th centuries.  Works by Johann Pachelbel, J.S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, Ernesto Lecuona and Richard Wagner will delight every ear.


Ms. Hierholzer, a long-time resident of the Hudson Valley, is well-known to music audiences in the area.  In addition to all of her local and international performances, Ms. Hierholzer is the Artistic Director of The Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society and the German Forum in New York City.  Born in Freiburg, Germany, Ms. Hierholzer studied at many of the finest music schools in the U.S., South America and Europe, including studies with Herbert Stessin at Juilliard and with Paul Badura-Skoda at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen. She garnered first prize at numerous international competitions including the Steinway Piano Competition in Berlin and the Giovanni Battista Viotti Concorso Internazionale di Musica in Vercelli, Italy.  In 1992 Ms. Hierholzer made her debut recital at Carnegie Hall as winner of the East & West Artists Prize for New York Debut. Ms. Hierholzer made her American debut with the Pittsburg Symphony playing Liszt Concerto No. 1. She has performed throughout Europe, the United States and South America.

Mr. Appell, who divides his time between Berlin and Rome, is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Steinway Piano Competition in Berlin (3 time winner).  He made his first public appearance at the age of sixteen at Philharmonic Hall in Berlin, playing Schumann’s Etudes Symphoniques.  Following his early successes he formed a piano duo with pianist Florentine Schubert and toured extensively throughout Europe.  In the late 1980s Jürgen Appell joined cellist Johannes Nauber, former member of the celebrated “12 Cellists” of the Berlin Philharmonic, for another extensive European tour, performing many pieces of the romantic repertoire for cello and piano.

Kaatsbaan is a nonprofit, professional creative residence and performance facility situated on a 153-acre historic site in Tivoli, NY.  Founded in 1990, it provides dance companies, choreographers, composers, set designers and all dance artists with a setting where they can create and showcase new work, rehearse, perform and develop new productions.  It serves dance communities across the US and around the world.

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