Andrew Kwan Artists Management

ANAGNOSON & KINTON

PIANO DUO

 

 

“From the musicians’ expressiveness, to their vivid interpretations and precise timing, no audience could have asked for anything more in a piano performance.”

- TELEGRAM & GAZETTE, Worcester

PHOTOS

Photography
Nicola Betts

 

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BIOGRAPHY

Celebrating a milestone 40th anniversary this season, Anagnoson & Kinton are recognized today as one of the world's finest piano duos. With over 1000 performances together, their astonishing performances have been repeatedly met with great critical acclaim across North America, Europe, China, and Russia. In addition to traditional recitals, the duo has commissioned numerous compositions, expanding the boundaries of piano-duo idiom. Respected scholars and performers, Anagnoson & Kinton’s musicianship defines the art of true ensemble playing.

 

The duo first met as students at the Aspen Music Festival and a few years later decided to include a two piano recital in their season schedules. What was instantly apparent was an extraordinary musical chemistry, one so unusual that in the ensuing months, the likes of Gina Bachauer and Eugene List heard them and, each recognizing that this pair had something quite exceptional, encouraged them to dedicate themselves to a career as a piano duo team. Anagnoson & Kinton took their advice and since then, their astonishing career has been one of enjoyment and reward.

 

The duo has commissioned numerous compositions and their collaboration with other artistic genres has expanded the boundaries of piano-duo presentation. They have performed Stravinsky's Rite of Spring to the innovative choreography of John Alleyne alongside Ballet BC and premiered Into the Labyrinth - a multi-genre work by Ray Luedeke, featuring staging by Tom Diamond and narration by actor Colin Fox. As chamber musicians, Anagnoson & Kinton have often performed the Bartók Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion numerous times, and have collaborated with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Elora Festival Singers, Elmer Iseler Singers, and the Vancouver Cantata Singers. They are regular guest artists at the Festival of the Sound and the Elora Festival.

 

The duo has ten acclaimed recordings including a special release titled Stages, which celebrated their milestone 30th season. Most recently, the Opening Day label released Piano Titans featuring works by Clementi, Beethoven and Schubert.

 

James Anagnoson is Dean of The Glenn Gould School, where he is also on the piano faculty. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and received his Master’s Degree from The Juilliard School. Leslie Kinton is Professor of Piano at Western University and is also on faculty at The Glenn Gould School. Both his Master of Music and Ph.D. in music theory are from the University of Toronto.

 

Anagnoson & Kinton are Yamaha Artists.

 

October 2016

REVIEWS

"Every note seems invested with tremendous energy. Anagnoson and Kinton's control of the build-up and dispersal of tension is masterly."

- THE NATIONAL POST, Canada

 

"...an outstanding two-piano recital with formidable precision and panache."

- THE NEW YORK TIMES

 

“From the musicians’ expressiveness, to their vivid interpretations and precise timing, no audience could have asked for anything more in a piano performance.”

- TELEGRAM & GAZETTE, Worcester

 

"...as individuals, they seem to have no technical shortcomings at all; in tandem, they are more than twice as good."

- THE BOSTON GLOBE

 

"...a whizzing performance that displayed their finely-honed technique to much advantage...the playing of Messrs Anagnoson and Kinton is communicative and sonorously energetic."

- The LONDON TIMES

 

"This version [Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue] made its full impact in their brilliantly executed performance and brought the audience to its feet."

- THE CALGARY HERALD

 

"Anagnoson & Kinton’s playing is everything that duo-piano playing should be."

- THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

 

"...as Canada's leading duo-piano team reminds us, the music was written originally for piano duet (four hands at one keyboard) and retains an enormous vitality when played by two musicians with a sensitivity to its Bohemian and Yugoslavian and Little Russian folk inspiration." [Dvorak -MVCD1088]

- THE TORONTO STAR

 

"Anagnoson & Kinton provide impeccably unanimous teamwork here, and are able to summon forth the necessary bold sonorities without a hint of banging or clatter. All their performances are pervaded by clarity, sensibility and appropriate style..." [Arensky - MVCD1036]

- AMERICAN MUSIC GUIDE

 

"The unanimity, supple technical control and flair Anagnoson and Kinton evince here are captured in a superbly natural recording. Rating: A" [Arensky - MVCD1036]

- THE CALGARY HERALD

 

DISCOGRAPHY

Piano Titans

Opening Day ODR74332

 

Stages: 30th Anniversary compilation

Independent

 

Arensky: Four Suites for Two Pianos

CBC MVCD 1036

 

Dvorak - Complete Slavonic Dances

CBC MVCD1088

 

Festival of Sound - Compilation
(Saint Saens et al.)

CBC MVCD1089

 

Gershwin: Rhapsody for Two ProArte

CDD 367

 

Music for Two Pianos

(works by Mozart, Clementi and Gallant)

ibs1020

 

Poulenc, Stravinsky, Milhaud & Matton

(concertos w/Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Armenian)

CBC SMCD 5120

PREFERRED CONCERTO LIST
2015-18

WITH ORCHESTRA

Bach

Concerto in C Major

 

Bartók

Concerto for 2 Pianos, Percussion & Orchestra

 

Britten

Scottish Ballade

 

Steven Chatman*

Variations on a Canadian Folk Song

 

Martinů

Concerto

 

Roger Matton*

Concerto

 

Mendelssohn

Concerto in A flat Major

 

Mozart

Double Piano Concerto K. 365

 

Poulenc

Concerto in d minor

 

Saint-Saëns

Carnival of the Animals

 

WITH CHOIR

Orff

Carmina Burana (2pf, 4perc, ch)

 

*Denotes Canadian composer

Recital repertoire available upon request

Master classes and workshops available

Other concerti available upon request

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