Duo Concertante
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Duo Concertante

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada | INDIE | AFM

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada | INDIE | AFM
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"Duo Concertante reviews"

"They covered themselves in musical glory, so convincingly and so wholeheartedly did they play. The audience appeared to be not just delighted but delirious as they called them back for several curtain calls."
The Chronicle-Herald, Halifax

"Duo Concertante made a powerful case for thinking of violin/piano sonatas as duo music, rather than as music for a pianist and a violinist...The Ravel [Sonata] avoided all of the traps: elegant, but not effete; powerful, but not rough; serene, but not conventionally "romantic" at all. It caught the mood of that strange movement - so vivid and so remote - very well...[In the] "Kreutzer" you could hear absolutely everything, and also had perfect confidence that the players knew where they were going at all times. Close your eyes and you hear splendid, sweet little nuances everywhere; open them, and the first thing that comes into your head is "My God, they never look at one another at all!"...Smetana's From My Homeland was brilliant, saucy and soulful and supremely confident. And Kelly-Marie Murphy's Dance Me to your Beauty with a Burning Violin, written for Duo Concertante, caught everything essential about the two players and their partnership. For Dahn there were furious cadenzas; for Steeves, tinkling arabesques at the top of the keyboard; for both (most tellingly), two long sections in a fast quintuple meter with intricately interlocking rhythms that both players nailed like competitive archers putting the arrow nonchalantly through the bullseye the fiftieth time in a row. I think Kelly-Marie Murphy knows these two musicians very well. Call it a double portrait."
San Francisco Classical Voice

"One doesn't listen to a program of violin music here, but to real chamber music, as it should be. Suspended between poetry and romance, the fluidity of the piano intertwines intimately with the poignancy of the violin. Never do [they] sacrifice beauty of sound for the sake of virtuosity, making it obvious that, for [Dahn and Steeves], impeccable technique never gets in the way of artistry."
La Scena Musicale

"Dahn and Steeves are superb musicians"
The Wholenote Magazine

"Duo Concertante play exceptionally well together...The unifying element here is not so much the attractive repertoire as the exceptional warmth and intimacy of its presentation."
The Ottawa Citizen

"Vigorous, passionate, red-blooded and romantic. Dahn and Steeves make a strong, sympathetic and like-minded pair."
Rick Phillips, CBC Sound Advice

"Two packages of musical dynamite that would credit any stage in any city in any continent on the planet!...They [play] with the kind of virtuosity that doesn't draw attention to itself but makes you hold your breath anyway."
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax

"Their approach is serious, free of fuss and showiness; both have plenty of technique which they put entirely at the service of the music. In close rapport, their phrasing and expression are unanimous. These two fine players deserve a much wider hearing."
New York Concert Review (Edith Eisler)

"The wonderful teamwork of this pair [brings] out subtleties and nuances that are lost when lesser teams attempt them. Their level of preparation is really stunning, the fruit of close partnership for some years now. They work together with uncanny perfection, and they get everything right. Splendid concert!"
The Gazette, Waterloo

"Two excellent players!"
Strings magazine

"This [Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata] was the highlight of the evening - sensitive, meticulously well-prepared, playing together with an impressive flair for the inherent dramatic contrast and emotion this music comprises...the performance of both musicians was superb..."
The Evening Telegram, St. John's

The Duo elicited a tremendous response...and understandably so; their performance was simply terrific."
The Queens Journal, Kingston

[This] young violin-piano duo is among Canada's finest!... Whether trading themes back and forth, or exchanging dynamic and textural nuances, Steeves and Dahn wove their way through all three movements [of Mozart's K.378] with a warm, gracious ease that veterans of decades together might envy."
The Waterloo Chronicle, Kitchner-Waterloo

"After three years of this musical partnership, Dahn and Steeves have reached that enviable plateau in any chamber music collaboration where each thinks the other's thoughts."
The Sunday Herald, Halifax

"Here is a unity of thought one rarely encounters as musicians clamber over each other to carve out solo careers. Both virtuousos in their own right, Steeves and Dahn have chosen to channel their talents into one flawlessly harmomious package."
The Evening Telegram, St. John's

Nancy Dahn and Timothy Steeves [played with] outstanding clarity, expert technique and an intense energy that was sustained from start to finish."
The Guardian, Charlottetown

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A deux (/Atma Classique)
Heart & Homeland (Atma Classique)
Wild Honey (Atma Classique)
It Takes Two (Marquis Classics/EMI Canada)
Wild Bird (Centrediscs)



“superb musicians” WholeNote
“exceptional warmth and intimacy” Ottawa Citizen
“artistry, poetry, and impeccable technique” La Scena Musicale

Known for the passion, subtlety, and brilliance of their performances, Duo Concertante have worked together since 1997, developing the exceptionally unified voice that has repeatedly impressed audiences worldwide. Nancy Dahn, violin, and Timothy Steeves, piano— “two packages of musical dynamite” (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)—have received the Touring Performers Award (Contact East) as well as Memorial University’s prestigious President’s Award for Outstanding Research, and were named NLAC Artist of the Year in May 2010.

Of four acclaimed recordings, the most recent, It Takes Two, features encore pieces arranged by Canadian composer Clifford Crawley and was described as “spectacular” (American Record Guide). A fifth, forthcoming in the fall of 2010, comprises works written especially for the duo by Canadian composers Murray Schafer, Chan Ka Nin, and Kati Agócs, and includes Schafer’s only major work for violin and piano. The first three CDs—À deux, Of Heart and Homeland, and Wild Honey—all received nominations for Best Classical Recording at the East Coast Music Awards. Also slated for release in fall 2010 is their classical music video, “Tico Tico.”

Duo Concertante have consistently revealed their passion for new music, commissioning a total of fourteen new works for violin and piano from many of Canada’s leading composers, such as Chan Ka Nin, Kati Agócs, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Alice Ho, Omar Daniel, Clark Ross, Andrew MacDonald, David Scott, Linda Bouchard, and Jean Lesage. Wild Honey (2005) consists almost entirely of works written for the duo, and the fifth disc will also be an all-Canadian CD; three world premières are scheduled for 2010-2011.

Duo Concertante maintain a busy touring schedule, with frequent performances across North America, as well as in Europe and China. They have appeared at Wigmore Hall (London), Trinity Church (New York City), Old First Church (San Francisco), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles), the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre (Toronto), the National Arts Centre (Ottawa), the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), and the Chapelle du Bon-Pasteur (Montreal). They perform at music festivals throughout North America, including the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, the Cactus Pear Music Festival, Indian River Festival, Colours of Music Festival, and the Huntsville Festival, and have served as artists-in-residence at the Guelph Spring Festival, the Glenn Gould Professional School in Toronto, and Bishop’s University.

Based at Memorial University in St. John’s, Dahn and Steeves are energetic, experienced teachers who have given hundreds of master classes and workshops across Canada, in the US, and in China. Their commitment to working with young musicians gave rise to the annual Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival, which they founded in 2000 to bring together young chamber music performers with world-class artists and ensembles for an intensive two weeks of learning and performance. As Artistic Directors of the Festival, they continue to present and collaborate with international artists such as the Shanghai Quartet, the Lafayette String Quartet, André Laplante, Mark Fewer, the Borromeo String Quartet, the Miro Quartet, Suzie Leblanc, and Louis Lortie.