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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 Duo A&A: 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 Duo A&A 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.
The Duo A&A consists of the Russian harpsichordists Anastasia ANTONOVA and Anna KISKACHI. Among numerous awards Anastasia and Anna have received during their musical careers, their most notable achievement was 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 in 2017. Since the duo’s founding in 2011, Anastasia and Anna have performed on numerous stages in and beyond Europe. Their exceptional programs were enthusiastically endorsed by the audience. This witty understanding of their instrument leads to unique performances of the harpsichord Duo A&A.
The harpsichordists of the Duo A&A 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.
Anastasia Antonova and Anna Kiskachi have received numerous awards from renowned music competitions around the world: certificates from the reputable Bach competition in Leipzig or the “Musica Antiqua” competition in Brügge, the third place at “Volkonsky” competition in Moscow as well as winning the “Yamanshi” competition in Japan. In 2016, the Duo A&A was awarded the “Golden Award” at the international “Svirel” competition in Slovenia. They celebrated their biggest success at the “Prague Spring Competition”, where they were awarded the first and third prize as well as a special prize for the “best performance of the concerto for harpsichord and orchestra from B. Martinu”.
The Duo A&A has performed at several reputable festivals in Europe, such as the “Resonant Thoughts” and “Accademia del Ricercare” festivals in Italy, the Bach festival in Poland, the “Klang im Kloster – Festival für Alte Musik” in Germany, the “Barocknacht” in Austria, the “Académie musicale de Villecroze” in France, the “Styriarte” festival in Austria as well as the “Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik” and others.
As a result of their performances in Austria, Germany, Italy, France, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Poland and Japan, the Duo A&A was able to steadily increase their name recognition and popularity on Europe’s stages.
Anastasia Antonova and Anna Kiskachi are guest artists at the “Accademia Villa Bossi” in Italy.