Silver-Garburg | Pianoduo

In the great and often underappreciated art of piano duo playing, Sivan Silver and her partner Gil Garburg are setting new standards: acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, the duo has been invited time and again by top orchestras, festivals and promoters. They have made appearances in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Vienna Musikverein, the Sydney Opera House and the Berlin Philharmonie; they have performed in approximately 70 countries on five continents; and they collaborate regularly with such orchestras as the Israel Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Their recording of Mendelssohn’s concertos for two pianos and orchestra, with the Bavarian Chamber Philharmonic under Christopher Hogwood, has been called “breathtaking” (Bayerischer Rundfunk), “extremely exciting” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), and “brilliant” (Rondo). The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung raved about the “lyrical sensitivity and the ravishing technical mastery” of the duo, noting that only rarely does one experience “such spontaneous shouts of ‘bravo’” at the end of a concert. The Independent concluded: “What a wondrous evening!”

The two Israelis, who live in Berlin with their son, have been heard across the world during the past two seasons – both with orchestra and in recitals. Recent engagements have included tours with the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the Brno Philharmonic in the Czech Republic, Germany, and Austria; notable venues have included the Vienna Konzerthaus.

In spring 2015 the most recent recording was released on Berlin Classics: Stravinsky’s Petrushka and The Rite of Spring for four hands. An additional CD will be dedicated to the last works of Schubert.Having performed as a duo for 20 years, Sivan Silver and Gil Garburg are firmly established at the top echelon of the music world – which, as a piano duo, requires a rare sense of oneness and of the ever-changing roles of the four hands. The avowed perfectionists rehearse for six hours each day, and the instinctive understanding between them is so deep that the two even breathe together. “We express our own emotions and, at the same time, a combined sensitivity. We are one, and yet we’re in dialogue with each other – that’s the magic,” says Silver.

In 2014, the Graz University for the Arts unanimously chose the Silver-Garburg Duo to occupy one of the few existing professorships for piano duo. Previously, the couble taught at the Hanover conservatoire, where they themselves completed their studies in 2007 with Arie Vardi.

Silver and Garburg are invigorated by the need to constantly adapt to the demands of duo recitals and of orchestral engagements, moving between intimate pieces that require unity, dialogic works, and those in which they evoke the grand power of an entire orchestra with the two pianos. “As a piano duo, it’s easy to make effects with virtuosity. But that alone is far too little. We want to move our listeners emotionally and bring them to the core of the music.”

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