Austin Critics TableEach year Austin area critics recognize the most outstanding arts events from the previous season. Duo Turgeon was nominated in the chamber music category for their performance of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Suite for Two Pianos, Opus 5, at the Austin Chamber Music Festival. Other nominees included Miro String Quartet and pianist Anton Nel.
Another Successful CDFollowing the success of their debut release on the Marquis Classics label, Duo Turgeon’s second CD, "Latin American Journey" has been released. Reviews have been stellar, including five out of five stars from Rick Phillips on CBC’s CD review program "Sound Advice", and five out of five stars from Bruno Deschenes in "La Scena Musicale".
Duo Turgeon Takes to the Waves
Duo Turgeon recently performed on the Radisson’s cruise ship "Seven Seas Navigator". The Duo departed from Reykjavik, Iceland, sailing to Greenland, Labrador, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Boston and New York, performing several times along the way. This is the first such "voyage" for the duo.
Appearance on National Public Radio’s "Performance Today"The Duo Turgeon has been featured several times on the well known American radio program, National Public Radio’s "Performance Today".
Duo Turgeon invited for a live performance/interview on WGBH radio, Boston
The Duo Turgeon gave an engaging interview/performance on Bostons WGBH radio.
Visit WGBHs website to hear the duos performances of works by Brahms, Schubert, Grieg, Bach, Mozart and Piazzola.
University LifeDuo Turgeon has been given the honor of an ensemble-in-residence position at Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt College of Arts and Humanities, School of the Arts, in Boca Raton, Florida. As part of the position, the duo gives performances, teaches applied piano, chamber music, and related courses to undergraduate and graduate students. The year 2011 marks the twelfth year of Duo Turgeon’s wonderful affiliation with Florida Atlantic University.
Duo Turgeon invited to join SteinwayDuo Turgeon received an invitation from New York’s Steinway and Sons to join their distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists. The Turgeons accepted Steinway’s offer, joining ranks which include the most accomplished pianists of our time. Ms. Victoria Voketaitis, head of Concerts and Artist Activities for Steinway, summed it up as follows:
"It is now my pleasure to officially welcome you both to the distinguished international roster of Steinway Artists. Although you have long been considered a member of the Steinway Artist family through your professional involvement with our piano, it is most appropriate that we now formalize your affiliation... my colleagues and I look forward to working with you in the future and to a long and beneficial association."
Appearance in a PBS DocumentaryThe Duo Turgeon is featured in the television documentary "Two Pianos One Passion", appearing on PBS television stations throughout the United States. The documentary features the duo’s prize-winning performances during various competitive stages of the prestigious Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition.
Latest Festival ActivitiesAmong their many festival appearances, Duo Turgeon's recent performances have included "Festiba" (University of Texas), New York Summer Music Festival, Yale University (Boris Berman celebration), Festival Duettissimo (Minsk), San Francisco International Chamber Music Festival, Salkind Duo Piano Festival, Chicago International Duo Piano Festival, Murray Dranoff Foundation, and the World Piano Conference (Serbia).
Duo Turgeon's performances were featured in a special BBC radio documentary exploring the music of composer Moritz Moszkowski.
Duo Turgeon gives USA west coast debut in San Francisco
Duo Turgeon received an invitation to perform music from the Americas for the San Francisco International Chamber Music Festival's Salkind Duo Piano Festival. This event, directed by esteemed duo pianists Cathy and Anthony Angelo, took place in the stunning concert hall at the San Francisco Conservatory of music. San Francisco Classical Voice summed up Duo Turgeon's performances in the following review:
"Subtle tugs on the invisible elastic that connects this duo created a seductive dance that left me panting. Tightly cohesive, their dramatic interpretations evoked, duels, cooperation, negotiations, and perhaps even threats. This battle of equals stood apart from nearly all the other ensembles"
Duo Turgeon gives Asian debut in Singapore
Duo Turgeon received an invitation to perform in the guest artist series at the prestigious Yong Siew Toh Conservatory in Singapore. One of the world's premiere music Schools, Yong Siew Toh has established close ties with America's Oberlin Conservatory, in Oberlin, Ohio. The Turgeons gave masterclasses for Yong Siew Toh's student piano duos.
Duo Turgeon appears in Festival "Duettissimo", Minsk, BelarusDuring 2011, Duo Turgeon received an invitation to perform in the exciting "Festival Duettissimo" in Minsk, Belarus. Their four-part participation included a recital of multi-hand music with Russian and European duo colleagues, a concert in celebration of the Franz Liszt bicentennial year, a concert of music from each duo's home country, and an evening of concertos with the Minsk Philharmonic. In the latter concert, Duo Turgeon performed a concerto for three pianos and orchestra by J.S. Bach, with festival artistic director Natalia Kotova.
Duo Turgeon enjoys a third appearance for Music Toronto
The 2010 / 2011 season marked Duo Turgeon's third appearance in Music Toronto's Keyboard Series. The duo enjoyed performing for the wonderful Toronto audience, and the chance to return to their beloved city - where it all began. The evening ended with an impromptu reunion of family, friends and colleagues in the lobby of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts.
2011 marks Duo Turgeon's fifteenth year performing together. The first fifteen years included hundreds of performances, seven recordings, and two children - Gabrielle and Corinne!
Duo Turgeon named Honorary Presidents
Duo Turgeon were named Honorary Presidents (Florida) for the World Piano Teachers Association in November, 2010. They also received a coveted "Diploma of Excellence in Performing" from the World Piano Conference and World Piano Teacher's Association.
Chicago DebutThe Duo Turgeon were invited to give their Chicago debut for the Musical Institute of Chicago's "Chicago International Duo Piano Festival" in February, 2011. The concert was a go - despite a blizzard of historic proportions, thanks to the efforts of the festival's directors - the esteemed duo pianists Ralph Neiweem and Claire Abersold.
Chicago Liszt 200 International Competition for Piano Duos
Duo Turgeon has been invited to serve on the jury for the "Chicago Liszt 200 International Competition for Piano Duos" in October, 2011, presented by the Chicago Duo Piano Festival and the Musical Institute of Chicago.
Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition
Duo Turgeon has been invited to serve on the jury for the Isidor Bajic International Piano Competition in Novi Sad, Serbia. Edward will serve in March 2012, while Anne will serve in March, 2014. The Isidor Bajic is a member of the World Federation of International Competitions, awarding more than 10,000 Euros in prizes to young pianists from around the world.