GREG ANDERSON and ELIZABETH JOY ROE are perhaps the most thrilling young duo performing today, offering adrenalized classical concerts that are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century. Described as "Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers transposed from the dance floor to the keyboard" (The Southampton Press) and "the intense synchronization of genius" (ThirdCoast Digest), Greg and Liz bring their joyous camaraderie and refined artistry to the concert stage, dazzling audiences around the world as a four-hand and two-piano team.
Greg and Liz met in 2000 as freshmen at The Juilliard School and formed their dynamic musical partnership shortly thereafter. They have since toured North America (and beyond), with notable performances in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Salt Lake City, St. Paul, Fort Worth, Milwaukee, Orlando, and Washington, D.C., as well as in nearly every New York City venue imaginable, from Carnegie Hall to children's hospitals. Together they have appeared on MTV and NPR, the Cliburn Concert Series, the Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival, and dozens of summer chamber music festivals. In recognition of their singular vision for the advancement of classical music, Greg and Liz have been invited to present at several international leader symposiums, including the 2008 and 2010 Entertainment Gatherings (EG) in Monterey, California, and the 2010 Imagine Solutions Conference in Naples, Florida. The Anderson & Roe Piano Duo released their debut album, Reimagine, in 2008.
Greg and Liz left an indelible impression at The Juilliard School, where they both earned their bachelor's and master's degrees. They were granted the honor to perform on numerous prominent Juilliard events, and a live performance by the duo is even included on the "Sounds of Juilliard" CD celebrating the school's centennial year. In 2006, given only two months to compose and prepare, the Anderson & Roe piano duo gave the world premiere of their own composition "Star Wars Fantasy: Four Impressions for Two Pianos," replacing John Williams on Juilliard's "Cinema Serenades" concert in Alice Tully Hall. Additionally, the two directed the groundbreaking project "Life Between the Keys," a concert that involved the entire Juilliard Piano Class of 2004; this event celebrated the class's unique friendships and chronicled its Juilliard experience in an all-American program of piano music.
The duo's interactive website, andersonroe.net, has generated tremendous enthusiasm among fans and Internet bloggers. The duo responds regularly to user questions and comments, and their wildly creative, self-produced music videos have been viewed millions of times on YouTube alone. Greg and Liz believe strongly in the communicative potential of music, and they aim to make classical piano music a relevant and powerful force in society. Their performances, compositions, websites, videos, recordings, and writings all serve this mission, bringing joy to people around the world. As the Northwest Reverb recently stated, "[Anderson & Roe] swept the audience into a cheering mass of humanity, making a strong case that playing piano is the most fun thing that two people could ever do together."
Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe are Steinway Artists.
Anderson: Fantasy on arias from Mozart's Die Zaub.
Bizet: Carmen Fantasy
Schubert: Der Erlkonig, D 328
Rachmaninov: 'Songs(14), Op.34'/ #14, Vocalise
Anderson: Mathilde, Marieke, et Madeleine
Schumann: 'Liederkreis, Op.39'/ 5. Mondnacht
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas brasileiras #5
Radiohead: Paranoid Android
Arne: 'English Cantatas(6)'/ #5, The Morning
Coldplay: Viva la Vida
Anderson & Roe: Audio
When Words Fade, a song sheds its specific narrative-but the emotion remains with all its potency. You, the listener, are free to infuse the music with your own personal meaning. We challenge you to do so as you listen to this collection of vocal music we've reimagined for a wordless medium: the piano duo. When words fade, we are left with the heart of the matter, the essential truths unmitigated by the approximations of verbal expression. Words may comprise our main mode of communication, but they often fall short in embodying our innermost emotions, thoughts, and imaginings. This is where music enters: in the spaces between, in the silence. Music captures the ineffable, and that is why it is so undeniably powerful-it gives our deepest and often subconscious feelings shape and flow, as well as a beating, singing heart.
5 New 'ON' this week: 70 Total
SYND: NPR/ATC & Song Of the Day, APM/Performance Today, PRI/Classical 24, The Romantic Hours, Galaxie
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The piano duo Anderson & Roe's first release for the Steinway label is 'When Words Fade.' The arrangements include vocal music for piano, 4-hands or two pianos, and ranges from the Baroque to Coldplay. They understand their instruments completely and know how to get just what they want out of them. Most of Anderson & Roe's arrangements not only show off the duo's talent, but shed a new light on some familiar music. Their brilliant playing and enjoyment of the music is evident in 'When Words Fade.'