Four hands One Piano: The Lisney Briggs Duo

‘…an extremely charismatic duo’
‘Throughout their entire programme there was near perfection in all aspects of their art.’
‘Wonderful music making and an extremely informative and amusing presentational style’

Two highly regarded British pianists and chamber musicians now combine their skills in this exciting piano duo combination.
Their repertoire includes music from JC Bach to Hindemith and Hans Gál (with favourites such as Ravel, Fauré, Dvorak and Brahms along the way) but focuses most particularly on the great works of Mozart and Schubert which are widely regarded as being the pinnacle of the piano duet repertoire.

About James:

Lisney impressed with his clarity of sound and his ability to elucidate the shape of the music and to stand back a little from it as if in modest deference. Exquisitely controlled performances. The Times

James Lisney enjoys a rich musical life, moving seamlessly from concerto and recital soloist to chamber musician, song accompanist and pianist director. Initiatives such as his Schubertreise series at London`s South Bank Centre, his extensive Beethoven Project and the recording company Woodhouse Editions, provide a platform for his wide-ranging musical sympathies.

Following study with Jean Murphy, Phyllis Sellick and John Barstow, James Lisney made his Wigmore Hall debut in 1986. Early representation by the Young Concert Artists Trust in London led to a career that has taken him to many prestigious venues and gained invitations to appear with major orchestras.

James’s repertoire ranges from baroque masterpieces to music of the present day. In the past decade, the music of Schubert and Beethoven has been a central pre-occupation both in performance and in recordings and he regularly presents cycles of the piano sonatas and chamber music by both composers.

In addition to the mainstream repertoire, Lisney has made a special study of the music of Enesco and has a special relationship with the Dutch composer, Jan Vriend.

His recordings on Naxos, Bis, Somm, Olympia and Carlton have gained the highest recommendations.

Highlights of recent seasons include Schubert cycles at the Leipzig Gewandhaus and in Mumbai. This autumn he will be touring Beethoven’s ‘Diabelli’ Variations in France, the Netherlands, Bristol and the Prague Rudolfinum.

About Sarah:
Beautiful and deeply romantic performances by a pianist who cares above all for the musical substance and the emotional power of the compositions. Pizzicato, Luxembourg

Sarah Beth Briggs ‘an artist of extraordinary magnetism’ (Daily Telegraph) rose to international attention when she became the joint winner of the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg, following her success in the BBC Young Musician of the Year at 11, in which she was the then youngest ever finalist.

She has performed with many of Britain’s major orchestras and at prestigious UK venues, as well as giving numerous concerts in Europe and the U.S.A. and making international radio and television recordings.

A regular soloist at music clubs and festivals, her interpretations and spoken programme introductions are popular with promoters and critics. The critical acclaim for her wide-ranging discography includes both Gramophone Editor’s and Gramophone Critic’s Choice Awards and her recordings notably include the world premiere of Hans Gál’s Piano Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia.

Sarah enjoys balancing a successful solo career with numerous chamber music engagements and has worked with many renowned soloists. In addition to this duo, her most regular current partnerships are with violinist David Juritz and as part of the Briggs Piano Trio (in which Sarah and David are joined by cellist, Kenneth Woods). She enjoys collaborations with the Emperor and Carducci String Quartets and has made an acclaimed Hans Gál recording for Toccata Classics with a group led by Hungarian violinist Katalin Kertesz.

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