Piano Duo Korolyov

Ljupka Hadzigeorgieva and Yevgeny Korolyov met in Moscow, where they studied at the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. Hadzigeorgieva was taught by Vera Khoroshina, Lev Naumov and Alexei Lyubimov, while Korolyov was taught by Anna Artobolevskaya, Lev Naumov and Lev Oborin.

Yevgeny Korolyov was born in Moscow and studied at the Central School of Music of the Moscow Conservatoire; Ljupka Hadzigeorgieva was born in Bogdanica (Macedonia), studied in Skopje and Zagreb and, at the age of sixteen, became the youngest student to receive a State grant to study in Moscow. During their studies both musicians won numerous national and international prizes and awards for recital performances and have had successful careers in education; Ljupka Hadzigeorgieva has taught at two music academies in the former Yugoslavia, and Yevgeny Korolyov began to teach at the Moscow Conservatoire, later in Yugoslavia, and in 1978 he became a professor of the Hamburg Hochschule für Musik und Theater.

In 1976 the young pianists decided to form a duo, and just the next year they won the Jeunesse musicale competition in Belgrade. Some years later they appeared at the International Piano Duo Festival in Leningrad, where they took the 1st prize from the critics, 1st prize from the audience and two special awards. In 2000 at the International Duets Festival in Yekaterinburg they took the Union of Composers' Prize for the best performance of 20th century music.

Yevgeny Korolyov and Ljupka Hadzigeorgieva have recorded many discs and participated in TV and radio programmes. In June 2006 for their recording of works by Schubert they were awarded the Choc prize from Le Monde de la musique magazine. In 2011 came a disc of works by Bach revisev by György Kurtág. The duo's disc Bach: Original and Transcription received the German critics' award. Recent releases include recordings of works by Stravinsky, Beethoven and Ravel (nominated for the International Classic Music Award).

The duo has toured to France, Austria, Hungary, Norway and South Korea, and have taken part in the Chamber Music Festival in Kuhmo (Finland), the Ohrid Summer Festival (Macedonia), the Stuttgart Music Festival, the Rheingau Musik Festival and the Elba, Isola Musicale d'Europa,/i> festival (Italy).

Together with the Stuttgart ensemble Bach Collegium, the musicians have performed keyboard concerti by Bach in Germany, and together with the Kremerata Baltica orchestra they have toured to Germany and Belgium. They have also collaborated with the Mariinsky Orchestra and the Concerto Budapest ensemble. Engagements for the 2017–2018 season include tours and recordings with the Potsdam Kammerakademie.

In addition to well-known classical music, the duet's repertoire features works by 20th century composers - Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps, Bartók's Sonata forTeo Pianos and Percussion, Messiaen's Visions de l'Amen, as well as works by György Ligeti and György Kurtág.

Yevgeny Korolyov and Ljupka Hadzigeorgieva's performing skill has inspired many composers to write works specially for the duo. Such works include Ivan Yevtich's Composition, Toma Prošev's Musandra 7, Risto Avramovski's Sonata for Two Pianos and Tomislav Zografski's Sonata for Two Pianos, as well as numerous works by Wolfgang Plagge – Music for Two Pianos, Week, Quintet for Two Pianos, Two Cellos and French Horn, Concerto for Two Pianos and Concerto grosso No 2 for two pianos, wind quintet and kettledrums.
Information for December 2017

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