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JONAS/PIERCE, duo pianos

JONAS/PIERCE, duo pianos
Dorothy Jonas and Joshua Pierce

Duo-pianists Joshua Pierce and Dorothy Jonas have been called "consummate technicians with marvelous articulation" by Fanfare Magazine, while the San Francisco Chronicle has praised their "exceptional ensemble and glitter", and Newsday said "they displayed the sort of emotional and interpretive union that must be second nature to a two-piano team."

Joshua Pierce and Dorothy Jonas mark their 20th anniversary as a duo-piano team during the 1998/99 season. While each artist also maintains a successful career as a soloist, together they have appeared throughout the United States, Mexico, Europe and South America, winning raves for their recitals and orchestral appearances as well as for their ever-growing list of records and compact discs. They have performed as a team with such orchestras as the Houston, San Antonio, Louisville and Utah Symphonies, the Orquestra Nacional Symphonica de Mexico City,l'Orchestra de RadioTelevision Luxembourg, and the Orchestra da Camera di Roma. In May 1987 they appeared with the London Philharmonic at Royal Festival Hall in a Command Performance honoring composer Mikos Rosza. Pierce and Jonas have introduced and recorded many American and 20th century works. They performed the world premiere of Walter Piston's "Concerto for Two Pianos"; as well as Rosza's "Spellbound Concerto Fantasy" and "New England Concerto" (both written for and dedicated to them).

The New York Times called their two-piano version of Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances "electrifying"; Ovation Magazine described Martinu's "Concerto for Two Pianos" a thrilling reading, sonically and technically", and High Fidelity called their world premiere recording of Rosza's Spellbound and New England concertos "excellent performances of Oscar-winning caliber". Pierce and Jonas were responsible for the first recording of Britten's "Scottish Ballad" as well as the first digital recording of Martinu's "Concerto for Two Pianos". A new cross-over compact disc, "Classically Broadway," features music by Jerry Herman, Richard Rodgers, Marvin Hamlisch, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Leonard Berstein.

A native of New Yorker, Joshua Pierce was a scholarship student at the Juilliard School, where he received seven Heckshire Foundation Awards and was 1967 winner of the Juilliard Concerto Competition; in 1968 he was awarded the Victor Babin Award from the Cleveland Institute. Mr. Pierce earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees on scolarship at the Manhattan School of Music, and did postgraduate work in conducting at Columbia Teachers College. His principal piano teachers have been Dorothy Taubman, Artur Balsam and Robert Goldsand. He has given recitals and appeared with orchestras on several continents; in 1986 the American Festival of MicroTonal Music Ensemble, of which he is Artistic Advisor, had the distinction of being the only American group invited to perform at the Futurissimo/Futurissimi Festival of Contemporary Music in Venice, Italy. He has also been Music Director and Conductor for a national tour of "Stop the World, I Want To Get Off", performed in marathon concerts with composer/conductor Lukas Foss at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and taken part in a tribute to Rosalyn Tureck with violinist Erik Friedman in New York. Included in his large discography is a five-recording John Cage series, as well as a new recording of the Liszt "Todtentanz" and the Prokofiev D-flat piano concerto.

Dorothy Jonas, a native of San Antonio, Texas, was a scolarship student at the Juilliard School in New York, where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree and pursued graduate studies. Winner of the National Piano Tournament and recipient of the Hertzberg Award for ten consecutive years, Ms. Jonas has toured throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, appearing with such conductors as Igor Stravinsky, Max Reiter, Nicolas Flagello, Ettore Stratta, Elmer Berstein, and Andre Kostelanetz. She has been guest soloist with the symphony orchestras of Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Santa Fe, Jacksonville (Florida), and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Mexico City. As a participant in the Futurissimo/Futurissimi Festival in Italy, she performed duo piano quarter-tone works by Mordecai Sanberg and Charles Ives with Joshua Pierce. Ms. Jonas has appeared regularly on nationally syndicated radio, and has been a featured artist on national and regional television.

Other Available CD's
PHCD152 Leonard Bernstein/Richard Rodgers CLASSICS

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