Next Concert: Duo B!Zart

Talented pianists Duo B!Zart proved so popular the first time round that we have invited them back again for a performance on Friday 21st January 2022. They invite MiWK members to view their special video about “Children’s games” by Georges Bizet as a foretaste of their live performance.

 

Hailing from Belguim, André Roe and Geoffrey Baptiste formed the Duo B!Zart in 2004. The name reflects their ability to use the “bizarre”, i.e. what is unusual and unconventional, to help discover the passion of the world of arts – playing the piano with 4 hands, they use 20 fingers of 2 musicians sharing the 88 keys of a piano. This gives a very special show, where hands twirl on the keyboard with great virtuosity.

The duo provide a unique repertoire. Under their touch, the piano can become as intimate as Salon-Music, or symphonic, imitating the orchestra. Sincerity, energy and love of music is the focus of their continuing exploration. Their concerts revolve around a strong and original theme (« Souvenirs, souvenirs, … », « Made in USA », « Waltzes, tangos and other dances », …), influenced by their eclectic musical tastes, and they happily combine classical hits and unknown masterpieces.

For MiWK, the theme of their programme will be “about the story of fabulous music celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic, the love story between French touch and American audacity”. Provisionally, it comprises – An American in Paris (Gershwin), La Belle Excentrique (Satie), Simple Gifts from Appalachian Spring (Copland), Gazebo Dances (Corigliano), Mother Goose (Ravel), Souvenirs de Munich (Chabrier), Dolly, op. 56 (Fauré), Souvenirs op. 28 (Barber) and excerpts from West Side Story (Bernstein).

Biographical Notes:

Geoffrey Baptiste

Having always been attracted by playing music with other people and by the pleasure of communication it provides, it is not surprising that, at the end of his studies at the Conservatory’s of Liège and Brussels, Geoffrey pursued a career as a chamber musician and orchestral pianist. He founded three chamber music ensembles: the duo b!z’art, the duo dzeta (piano and violin, with Aude Miller), and the trio Oxymore (with the violinist Emilie Belaud and clarinetist Pierre Xhonneux). Besides these chamber music concerts, Geoffrey has given over 100 concerts since 2006 as a piano and celesta player within the Liege Royal Philharmonic. He also works with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philharmonie Zuidnederland.
In January 2010, he played the Fantasy on Polish Airs of F. Chopin, accompanied by the Liege Royal Philharmonic conducted by François-Xavier Roth. Parallel to his artistic activities, Geoffrey shares his passion for music as a piano teacher and accompanist in several music academies. Geoffrey is also a winner of various competitions in Belgium, France and Italy, including Dexia Classics where he was honored as a chamber musician and as a concert pianist.

André Roe

Born to a Belgian/English family, André graduated from the Royal Conservatories of Liège and Brussels (class of E. Moguilevsky), the « Koninglijk Conservatorium van Brussel » and the « Ecole Normale Alfred Cortot de Paris » (class of S. Markarov). He obtained numerous awards for young musicians in Belgium, France and Italy, including Dexia Classics as well as the Peleman’s Prize awarded by the Belgian Composers Union for his interpretation of the national repertoire. André shares his love of music with the public with the duo b!z’art, but also as an orchestral
keyboard player. He frequently collaborates with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the Luxembourg Chamber Orchestra, the Liège Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Air Force Music of Belgium, the Royal Opera Orchestra of Wallonia, The Lucilin Ensemble, the Solistes Européens Luxembourg. He played the continuo part (organ, harpsichord) of nearly a hundred Bach Cantatas (Chapelle des Minimes) and among others, the piano part of Stravinsky’s Petroushka and Firebird (Luxembourg Philharmonie), Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana (Paris Philharmonie), SaintSaëns Carnival of Animals (Liège Philharmonie), and the glockenspiel part in Mozart’s Magic Flute (Wallonia Royal Opera), Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie.
André passes on his passion as an accompanist and piano teacher at the Ettelbruck Music Conservatory in Luxembourg, after having taught at the Royal Conservatories of Liège and Brussels as well as at the «Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie» in Namur.