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Ludmila Berlinskaya & Arthur Ancelle

“...The fascination is mainly due to the really dazzling play of Ludmila Berlinskaya and Arthur Ancelle. [...] They also have a culture of touch, with incredibly rich shades, that gives to the melodic line a colour and warmth that is rarely heard on such a level.”  - Fono Forum (Germany) - Giselher Schubert

Introduction

"I can only say I was bowled over by the playing of this Franco-Russian husband-and-wife duo"

Gramophone - Jeremy Nicholas

Drawing their strength from a mutual taste for sharing, taking risks, and exploration, Ludmila Berlinskaya and Arthur Ancelle are inseparable pianists; they are a symbiotic couple on and off stage.

Performing together since 20211, the duo managed to put together a repertoire featuring the ‘greatest hits’ for two pianos and four hands, as well as rare works featuring original compositions and new transcriptions, enriched by Arthur Ancelle's scores : Francesca da Rimini (Jurgenson), Romeo & Juliet (Chant du Monde), After a reading of Dante, etc.

They also collaborate with renowned orchestras such as St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National d'Ile de France, Ulsan Philharmonic Orchestra, Ural Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Picardie, and conductors of all generations: Nikolai Alexeev, Arie Van Beek, Vladimir Ponkin, Dmitry Liss, Vahan Mardirossian, Jader Bignamini, Georg Köhler, Yuri Medianik, Lucie Leguay, Rebecca Tong….

Their creativity and desire to share is also expressed through a class entirely dedicated to piano duos at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and the artistic direction of two festivals: La Clé des Portes, created in 2012 and which takes place in the enchanting setting of the Loire castles, and the Rungis Piano-Piano Festival, entirely dedicated to the world of 2-pianos and 4-hands.

aboutREVIEWS

A confident tightrope act between passion and intellect

"b" like britain

Libération's favourite albums of the year:
"Year after year, from record to record, these two have become the most brilliant stars on the firmament of original and explosive piano duos. (...) B Like Britain, a compilation of pieces by 20th-century British composers whose surnames start with B (Arnold Bax, Benjamin Britten, York Bowen, Richard Rodney Bennett), is a CD that will leave you flabbergasted."

Libération (France) - Guillaume Tion

A confident tightrope act between passion and intellect

Franz Liszt - Camille Saint-Saëns

"The standard of pianism, from both of our intrepid protagonists, is very much of the highest echelon. (...) In this flawless performance, much of the more reflective writing emerges with a sort of amplified luminosity. The two pianists play as one, matching their tones expertly and with a unanimity of attack that borders on the supernatural; they have an equal aptitude for prestidigitation, too. (...) A most splendid disc, recorded at demonstration quality. Berlinskaya and Ancelle leave us wanting more. One for the Want List, methinks"

Fanfare (USA) - Colin Clarke

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