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“Yes, you hardly believe that a harpsichord duo can give rise to such emotions...but two ladies have always found ways to awaken their instrument the imagination of long-lasting and far-reaching sounds“
Donaukurier, German newspaper
The names Dvořák and Saint-Saëns do not immediately come to mind when talking about harpsichord music. Unconventional approaches as such – mixed with a baroque repertoire – are the trademark of the Russian A&A cembalo duo: Their own transcriptions and interpretations of pieces of music which are not usually associated with the harpsichord create an utterly new perception of the harpsichord. Over the past years, the harpsichord’s reputation changed from old-fashioned to beloved by the audience. The A&A cembalo duo contributes to this new image with its lively and extravagant performances. Whoever believes that the harpsichord’s days of glory are over could not be more wrong – the revival of this instrument has only just begun.
“A fulminating finger dance“
“When both harpsichordists took a seat on their instrument, their four hands seemed to belong to only one body“
Ausburger-allgemeine, German newspaper
The A&A cembalo duo consists of the Russian harpsichordists Anastasia ANTONOVA and Anna KISKACHI. The harpsichordists of A&A cembalo duo completed their studies at the renowned P.I.Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow as well as at the University Mozarteum in Salzburg, the University of Performing Arts in Vienna and the University of Performing Arts in Munich. Currently Anastasia teaches harpsichord in Moscow P.I.Tchaikovsky Conservatory, while Anna works as a senior lecturer in harpsichord teaching and accompaniment at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz in Austria.
Among numerous awards Anastasia and Anna have received during their musical careers, their most notable achievements are: winning the first and third prize as well as a special award (for the best performance of a harpsichord concerto in the final round) at the prestigious Prague Spring Competition, prize-winning at the J.S.Bach Competition in Leipzig or at the Musica Antiqua-Competition in Brugge, winning of Wanda Landowska-Competition in Italy, Golden Award at the Svirel-Competition, winning of the International Yamanashi - and Osaka-Competitions in Japan etc...
“In fact, in the music of the two ladies, who mostly played dance arrangements of grand orchestral works, there is a poetry of intoxicating virtuosity beyond expectations“
Steirerkrone, Austrian newspaper
The A&A cembalo duo has performed at reputable festivals in Europe and Japan, such as the Early Music Fabulous Fringe Festival in Utrecht, Musica Antiqua Festival in Brugge, Resonanzen-Festival in Vienner Konzerthaus, Styriart in Graz, Alter Musik Italia Mia in Mauerbach, Brunnenthaler Konzertsommer (Austria), Klang im Kloster – Festival für Alte Musik (Deutschland), Yamanashi Early Music Festival (Japan), Accademia del Ricercare (Italy), Breaking stereotypes (Russia) and many others. Anna Kiskachi and Anastasia Antonova are also guest artists at the Accademia Villa Bossi in Italy.
As a result of their performances in Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Belgium, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Bulgaria, Russia, USA and Japan, the A&A cembalo duo was able to steadily increase their name recognition and popularity on Europe’s stages. Their exceptional programs were enthusiastically endorsed by the audience. This witty understanding of their instrument leads to unique performances of the A&A cembalo duo.