Friday, February 5, 2016

National Gallery of Art: The Cann Duo, Feb. 14, 3:30, West Building, Leonard Bernstein, Margaret Bonds, Jeffrey Mumford, Richard Rodgers & Michael Leibowitz

Kimberly & Michelle Cann, Duo Pianists

Margaret A. Bonds is featured at 

National Gallery of Art
The 74th Season of Concerts 2015–2016

The Cann Duo

February 14 at 3:30
West Building, West Garden Court

Duo piano works by Leonard Bernstein, Margaret Bonds, Jeffrey Mumford, Richard Rodgers, and Michael Leibowitz

The Cann Duo:  Bio (Excerpt)

Sisters Kimberly & Michelle Cann, “the newest darlings of duo pianists,” are young artists with a deep musical commitment to performing a wide range of multi-cultural repertoire throughout the US and to bringing the arts to their local communities.
Though Kimberly is six years older, they have been studying and performing together ever since Michelle began lessons.  They both made their orchestral debuts around age thirteen (Kimberly performing Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and Michelle, Schumann’s Concerto in A minor).  Growing up, they accompanied one another and often won the same competitions and played with the same orchestras and artists.  Kimberly received her Masters Degree from the Eastman School of Music (studying with Barry Snyder), and in 2006, she accepted the positions of visiting Professor of Music and Artist-in-Residence at Northern Caribbean University (Jamaica).  Her students excelled and received national awards for their work.  Michelle received her MM from The Cleveland Institute (studying with Paul Schenly and Daniel Shapiro) and went on to study at the Curtis Institute (studying with Robert McDonald), receiving an Artists Diploma in 2013.

Currently, the sisters both reside within the Eastern U.S.  Kimberly is married to fellow Eastman musician, double bassist Aaron Brown, and the two live in Asheville, NC, with their 1-yr.-old daughter, Isabella.  Kimberly is the founding director of Piano Lab Studios, and for the past 5 years, she has served in various capacities as a board member of the Asheville Symphony, Asheville Piano Forum and others.  She is also the founding director of Keys for Kidz, a program that provides group piano lessons to under-served children in the area and partners with local universities to mentor young teachers.  She performs as both soloist and chamber musician, in addition to her duties as a wife & mother, director, teacher & clinician (in that order, she says!).

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