This performance by pianists Arianna Körting and Robin Giesbrecht took place on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7:30 pm.
Arianna and Robin met while studying at Juilliard. They formed the A&R Duo and began performing to rousing ovations wherever two pianos were on stage, from concert halls in Europe to East Asia and throughout the United States. Increasingly in demand for their combined brilliance and marvelous technique since their debut at the Hamburg Philharmonic Hall, their recent performances include debuts at the Rising Stars Series and Salon Series in the Hamptons, as well as in the Philippines.
|Claude Debussy||Petite Suite, L. 65||1889|
|Maurice Ravel||Ma mère l’Oye, M. 60||1910|
|Camille Saint-Saëns||Danse Macabre (arr. W. Hiscocks), Op. 40||1874|
|Franz Schubert||Fantasie in F minor, D. 940||1828|
About the Artists
Arianna Körting won first prizes in international competitions including the Fifth Julia Crane International Piano Competition, the Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists and the David D. Dubois Piano Competition. She was one of only eighteen recipients nationwide under the age of 18 to have been selected as a 2011 Davidson Fellow by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. Recognized by the United States Senate, her achievements were entered into the Congressional Record on October 6, 2011.
An award-winning and avid chamber musician, Arianna was named one of the Rembrandt Young Artists at the Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition in Chicago and received the Live From Lincoln Center “Outstanding Student Performance Award”. Arianna’s numerous performances include Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall in NYC, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and the Ecoles d’Art Américaines at Château Fontainebleau, France. Arianna is a Young Steinway Artist.
Arianna earned B.M. and M.M. degrees at The Juillard School, where she studied with Jerome Lowenthal and Hung-Kuan Chen.
Pianist Robin Giesbrecht has been celebrated internationally with a career reaching mature artistry. Since winning the International Grotrian-Steinweg Competition at age seven and the NDR Arts Prize subsequently, Mr. Giesbrecht has enjoyed performances with in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras throughout Europe, North America and Asia, including debuts with the NDR Radio Philharmonic and the Southwest German Philharmonic.
Robin Giesbrecht’s recital performances include critically-acclaimed debuts at the Hamburg Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weil Recital Hall, and in 2015, he gave a performance of his own piano concerto at Lincoln Center. His chamber music collaborations include performances with the famed Szymanowski Quartet. He has performed at music festivals such as the Music Academy of the West, Oxford Philharmonic Piano Festival, Piano Texas, Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg.
An internationally renowned pianist from a young age as a prizewinner at the Rotary International Competition in Essen and National Junior Competition of Germany, Mr. Giesbrecht became a student of famed pedagogue Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the age of 8. In 2006, the Austrian TV channel ORF filmed in honor of Mozart’s anniversary a movie in which Mr. Giesbrecht, dressed as Mozart, performed on Mozart’s original pianoforte in Salzburg, an event that was broadcasted worldwide. In 2008, the German TV channel WDR made a documentary about the life of the young pianist.
Robin Giesbrecht was awarded the Vladimir Horowitz scholarship at the Juilliard School as a student of Jerome Lowenthal and Joseph Kalichstein, where he received his undergraduate degree. He also studied at the Yale School of Music with Peter Frankl, graduating in 2017 with a masters degree in performance.