Biography (English)

Unison Piano Duo
Dr. Du Huang and Dr. Xiao Hu are both tenured piano faculty at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, U.S.A., and they are in high demand as visiting professors in conservatories and schools of music in their native country of China, including Wuhan Conservatory of Music. Their performances have received enthusiastic responses from critics and audiences around the world.  The New York Concert Review wrote "…fleet and sparkling…unusually high level of ensemble playing." The famous piano duet team Weekley & Arganbright gave the following endorsement: "The Unison Piano Duo displayed extraordinary musical sensitivity to the contrasting styles of composers, clean and strong technique, and both warmth and excitement. They will bring great pleasure and inspiration to audiences everywhere." Du Huang and Xiao Hu have performed in concert halls in Europe, Asia, and America, including Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City, Orchestra Hall in Chicago, Grosser Saal of Konzerthaus in Vienna, Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot in Paris, Shanghai Music Hall, and
Beijing Music Hall. The duo has also performed numerous concerts in the Czech Republic as part of the Vysočina Music Festival and the South Bohemia Music Festival. Live performances by the duo
have been broadcast by Minnesota Public Radio and Iowa Public Television. They have premiered and commissioned new works for the piano duo medium. The duo recorded on the Innova label in the
United States, of which reviewer Carla Rees of the Music Web International wrote: "The playing of the Unison Piano Duo is impressive throughout." They also released an album on the Chinese label of Yangtze River. Huang and Hu received their early training at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and later graduated from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music as students of Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. Both hold a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where they studied with pianist Gilbert Kalish. They have served as Adjudicators for the Chicago Two-Piano Festival and Competition, Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, Shanghai International Piano Festival and Institute, and numerous Music Teacher Association Auditions in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. They have also served on the piano and chamber music faculty at Saarburg International Music Festival in Germany.

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Jan 14, 2015, 7:31 AM