"176 keys: 2 pianos in delightful harmony"
- The Santa Fe New Mexican

The Bergmann Piano Duo’s dynamic and energetic performances of uniquely eclectic programmes have inspired audiences for more than two decades. Their recitals and concerts with orchestra have taken them to many parts of the world, including the United States, Italy, Germany, Holland, Greece and Canada. The duo has appeared at international festivals including: The San Francisco International Music Festival, MusicFest Vancouver, the celebrated Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Banff Arts Festival, the Royal Bank Calgary International Organ Festival and Competition, the International Two Piano Symposium and Schubertiade, Miami, the Tage für neue Musik, Darmstadt, the Braunschweiger Kammermusik Podium and at the EXPO 2000, Hannover.  

Elizabeth and Marcel Bergmann made recordings for the CBC, for several stations of the ARD in Germany and for National Public Radio. The duo has recorded several CDs, which appear on the CordAria, Arktos, Koch International Classics, Naxos and Brilliant Classics labels. As founding members of the International Piano Quartet they had the opportunity to record Stravinsky’s Les Noces under the direction of Robert Craft at the Abbey Road Studios in London.  Their latest two releases on the Brilliant Classics label feature Marcel’s arrangement for 4 pianos of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells and a collection of minimal music for multiple pianos also featuring Marcel’s compositions.
 
The duo studied with Arie Vardi at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hannover and with Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt at the Université de Montréal. They received first prize at the International Chamber Music Competition in Caltanissetta, Italy, and were laureates of The 4th Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition. In 1993 they became members of the young artists’ roster of Yehudi Menuhin-Live Music Now. 

In addition to their performing careers they also enjoy teaching and working in other capacities in the music industry. From 2009-2013 Marcel was Professor of Music at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontari. Marcel and Elizabeth are currently Directors at the Langley Community Music School. They have been on faculty at Mount Royal University and University of Calgary as well as being involved in various musical projects at The Banff Centre for the Arts. In 2004/2005, they served as Artistic Directors of The Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition and Foundation in Miami. They were members of the Calgary based group Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, recipients of the 2005 and 2006 Western Canadian Music Awards for Outstanding Classical Recording. 

Committed to supporting the production of new repertoire, the duo has commissioned and premiered several works by Canadian composers. Their extensive repertoire ranges from the baroque to the contemporary and includes numerous own arrangements and compositions. 


bergmannduo@shaw.ca                                                


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Les représentations des programmes éclectiques remplies de dynamisme et d’énergie du duo Bergmann inspirent les auditoires depuis plus de vingt ans. En concert avec orchestre et en récital, ils se sont projets partout au monde, notamment aux États-Unis, en Italie, en Allemagne, aux Pays-Bas, en Grèce et au Canada. Ils ont remporté de nombreux prix, comme le Premier Prix du Concours international de musique de chambre à Caltanissetta en Italie, et celui du Quatrième Concours international Murray Dranoff pour deux pianos, en plus de jouer lors de nombreux festivals sur la scène internationale.

Au disque, le duo compte des albums sous étiquettes Arktos, Koch International, Brilliant Classics et Naxos. Leur vaste répertoire va du baroque au contemporain et comprend également un grand nombre de leurs propres arrangements et compositions.

En plus de leurs carrières d’interprètes, ils aiment enseigner et travailler à d’autres titres dans l’industrie musicale, Marcel est présentement professeur de musique au Mohawk College à Hamilton en Ontario, alors qu’Elizabeth est directrice des concerts et de la programmation estivale à la Langley Community Music School. Tous deux ont fait partie de la faculté à la Mount Royal University et l’University of Calgary, ont travaillé dans le cadre de divers projets musicaux au Centre des Arts de Banff, en plus de servir comme directeurs artistiques du Concours international Murray Dranoff pour deux pianos et sa fondation à Miami. Durant deux ans, ils ont été membres du Land’s End Chamber Ensemble de Calgary, remportant avec cette formation les Western Canadian Music Award for Outstanding Classical Recording en 2005 et 2006.

Elizabeth et Marcel Bergmann ont formé leur duo alors qu’ils étudiaient avec Arie Vardi à la Hochschule für Music und Theater à Hannovre, et plus tard auprès de Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt à l’Université de Montréal.


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