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ECKERLE PIANO DUO

Mariko and Volker Eckerle founded the Eckerle Piano Duo in 2006. The cleverly conceived concert programs of the German-Japanese duo are very popular with critics and audiences. The press writes: “…the unity of these two musicians is a rare experience…“ (Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung). The Mannheimer Morgen talks of a: “…masterly combination of technical refinement and expressive subtlety…“. Along with central works of the piano duet repertoire, the Eckerle Piano Duo regularly plays rarely heard pieces and works together with other musicians, actors and ballet companies. Besides concert lectures, the duo also proposes special programmes for children and families.

Their debut CD with NAXOS appeared in 2009: a highly acclaimed recording of waltzes by Antonín Dvořák (world premiere recording), Wolfgang Rihm, Max Reger and Sigfrid Karg-Elert. Leading German radio stations (Deutschlandradio Kultur, Südwestrundfunk, Hessischer Rundfunk, Norddeutscher Rundfunk and Radio Berlin-Brandenburg) have presented the CD in detail. The specialised Japanese magazine Record Geijutsu wrote about the album: “The Eckerle Piano duo remarkably characterises each individual waltz“. The Badischen Neuesten Nachrichten talks of: “… a terrific debut“. In addition to concerts in European countries, the Eckerle Piano Duo is a regular guest in Japan and performs in numerous festivals.

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