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Anderson & Roe

Anderson & Roe piano duo

Known for their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music  videos, GREG ANDERSON and ELIZABETH JOY ROE are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st  century. Described  as and “the most  dynamic  duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “rock stars of the classical music  world” (Miami Herald), and “the very model of complete 21st-century musicans” (The Washington Post), the Anderson  & Roe Piano Duo aims  to make classical music  a relevant and powerful force around  the world. Their recent albums on the Steinway Label (When Words Fade, An Amadeus Affair, and The Art of Bach) were all released to critical acclaim  and have spent  dozens of weeks  at the top of the Billboard Classical  Charts, while their Emmy-nominated, self-produced music  videos have been viewed by millions on YouTube and at international film festivals.  Highlights of the 2016/17 season include tours  throughout North America, Asia, and Europe; appearances with the San Fransico  Symphony, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic,  the Chicago Sinfonietta, and more; serving as webcast hosts for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; and the DVD release of their ambitious—and literally explosive—music film, The Rite of Spring.

Mr. Anderson  and Ms. Roe met in 2000 as freshmen at The Juilliard School and formed  their dynamic  musical  partnership shortly thereafter. They have since  toured  extensively, with notable  recitals  in Singapore,  Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai,  Taipei, Seoul, Tokyo, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Estonia, Israel, and most  major US cities, as well as in nearly every New York City venue imaginable,  from Carnegie Hall to children’s hospitals. Together  they have appeared on MTV’s Total Request Live, NPR’s All Things Considered  and From the Top, APM’s Performance Today, the Cliburn Concert Series, the mostly Mozart Festival, the Gilmore and the Gina Bachauer International Piano Festivals, and dozens of summer chamber music  festivals.  In 2015, Anderson  & Roe premiered Brahms’ Double Concerto  in their arrangement for two pianos  and orchestra with the Performance Santa  Fe Symphony.  Other orchestral engagements include appearances with the Boulder, Calgary, Chautauqua, Hartford, Liverpool, San Francisco,  Waco, and Winnipeg Symphony  Orchestras, among  others,  and with members of the Metropolitan  Opera Orchestra. In recognition  of their singular  vision for the advancement of classical music, they have been invited to present at numerous international leader symposiums, including EG (Entertainment Gathering), the Imagine Solutions  Conference,  Chicago Ideas Week, and Mexico’s Think Tank Festival for Brilliant Minds. Their scores are published  by Alfred Music on the “Anderson & Roe Duos & Duets Series” and by Awkward Fermata Press.

Mr. Anderson  and Ms. Roe left an indelible impression at The Juilliard School, where they both earned their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. A live performance by the Anderson  & Roe Piano Duo was handpicked to appear on the Sounds of Juilliard CD celebrating the school’s centenary. In 2006, given only two months to compose and prepare,  they gave the world premiere  of their own composition “Four Fantasies on Themes from Star Wars,” replacing  John  Williams on Juilliard’s “Cinema Serenades” concert in Alice Tully Hall. Additionally, the two directed  the groundbreaking project “Life Between the Keys,” an event that involved the entire Juilliard Piano Class of 2004; this performance project celebrated the class’s unique camaraderie and chronicled  its Juilliard experience in an all-American  program of piano music.

Anderson  & Roe believe strongly in the communicative potential  of music, and their performances, compositions, websites, videos, recordings,  and writings all serve this mission,  bringing joy to people around  the world. As the Northwest Reverb recently stated, “[Anderson & Roe] swept  the audience into a cheering  mass of humanity, making a strong  case that playing piano is the most  fun thing that two people could ever do together.”

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