Piano Duo DUOR delighted the audience with polar favorites at their recent concert “Love & Hope” held at the Singapore Conference Hall on 13th August 2023. The concert was a special treat that featured pieces for four hands – a rarity these days with pianists Takashi Fujii and Yoshie Shiramizu each playing on a C. Bechstein D282.

The concert hall was well-filled, with many seats taken by young students who were engaged and enthralled with the evening’s program. The duo played popular tunes and short pieces, having designed the programme for young students to enjoy. The pieces included the Singapore premiere of late Japanese contemporary composer Akira Miyoshi’s Cahier Sonore (Handbook of Notes), a Neo-Baroque suite comprised of short dance movements similar to Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, or Debussy’s Petit Suite with sprinklings of gentle dissonances and jazzy harmonies, and a two pianos arrangement by American composer John Musto for Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.

DUOR had a great time interacting with audience members at the meet and greet session held after the recital at the Singapore Conference Hall Zhong Foyer.

About the Artist

Formed in 2004 in Germany, Pianoduo DUOR consists of Japanese pianists Takashi Fujii and Yoshie Shiramizu. Both pianists began their musical education in Japan, before pursuing further studies in Germany. 

Pianoduo DUOR has received countless international awards and widespread attention, performing on over 850 stages globally. Their sixth album, “GOLDBERG-VARIATIONEN FÜR 2 KLAVIERE” was also widely recognized with several award nominations. 

Besides performing, Yoshie & Takashi are dedicated to training the next generation of piano duos, conducting music seminars and lectures for Japanese university students. Currently, they are faculty members at top Japanese musical colleges, including Senzoku Gakuen College of Music.