Lucas & Arthur Jussen, duo piano
“We love to play together…Sometimes people search a long time for a partner in music,” said pianist Lucas Jussen in a 2015 article in The New York Times. He and his younger brother, pianist Arthur Jussen, have developed a repertoire of piano works for four hands, including Mozart piano concertos, Beethoven piano sonatas, and works for one and two pianos by Poulenc and Ravel. The two have been national figures in the Netherlands since they were children, having performed for the former Dutch queen, Beatrix, for the first time at the ages of 12 and 8. They have studied both together (in Portugal and Brazil with Maria João Pires) and separately (Lucas with Dmitri Bashkirov in Madrid and Menahem Pressler in the U.S., and Arthur with Jan Wijn at the Amsterdam Conservatory). They have pursued careers as a duo and as soloists and have appeared with the London Chamber Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, the Hong Kong Philharmonic and in concerts across Europe and in Japan, China, and South Korea. Natalie had the opportunity to hear them perform Mozart with the Philadelphia Orchestra at Saratoga Springs in 2018, where they received tremendous praise from the audience. They will perform a selection of Bach/Kurtag choral preludes; the Fantasia in F minor, D. 940 by Schubert; Andante and Allegro Brillante in A Major, Op. 92 by Mendelssohn, and the two-piano version of The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky.