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The Amitayus Duo just completed a 20-day teaching, lecture, performance and recording tour of Sichuan province, PRC, centered on the city of Chengdu. In addition to engaging audiences and individuals from all walks of Chinese society and actively aiding in the development of Western music in the PRC, the Duo recorded a groundbreaking disc of North Korean songs as part of their broader projects about and interest in musical diplomacy.
The Amitayus Duo will be holding two performances in Berlin this month. The first is a house concert (tickets available by invitation only) in the Lichterfelde area.
The second concert will take place at the American Church in Berlin on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. The program will consist of:
Brahms, Sonata No. 1 in E minor for Cello and Piano, op. 38
i. Allegro non troppo
ii. Allegretto quasi Menuetto
iii. Allegro (Fugue)
Brahms, Sonata No. 2 in F major for Cello and Piano, op. 99
i. Allegro vivace
ii. Adagio affetuoso
iii. Allegro passionato
iv. Allegro molto
Six North Korean Songs for Cello and Piano (arranged by Cathcart/Boelcke)
The Amitayus Duo (Andreas Boelcke, piano, and Adam Cathcart, cello) is based in Berlin. In addition to performing to the classical canon of duo rerpetoire, the Amitayus focuses on the creation and cultivation of new repertoire from East Asian composers. The duo regularly performs and teaches at the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China.
Gao Ping’s Cello Sonata No. 1 was written in 1996, received its European premiere by the Amitayus Duo, and was recorded by the duo in summer 2011 in Chengdu:
More about the composer, including his “Two Soviet Love Songs for Vocalizing Pianist,” here: http://gaoping.org.
September 11, 2011: Ten years after the tragedy in New York, Amitayus appeared at the American Church Berlin to play Ernst Bloch’s famous piece “Prayer” during a commemoration service in front of high ranking German politicians including the country’s current President, Christian Wulff, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, Ex-Foreign Minister Walther Steinmeier, and the US Ambassador to Germany, Philip D. Murphy. The service was well attended and all people joined in reflective prayers and meditations on the loss of that terrible day in 2001 that changed the world.
Due to our heavy schedule there where only two days left at the recording studio during our stay in Chengdu. As the precious time in the recording booth flew by, we could nevertheless cut out a Demo CD that includes Schumann’s Fantasy Pieces, Gao Ping’s Piano/Cello Sonata and our own arrangement of 6 Northkorean traditional folk songs. Some of this will be available on this website as mp3 but a polished recording of this and other repertoire is underway.