Courtroom Concert Program Details

February 12, 2015, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center

Irina and Julia Elkina, piano duo

The Dawn – Beatrice Ohanessian
Larghetto and Allegro for Two Pianos in E flat Major – W. A. Mozart (reconstructed by F. Beyer)
Sonata for Two Pianos in D major, K 448 – W. A. Mozart
Duettino Concertante nach Mozart – F. Busoni
Reminicences de Don Juan, Fantasy for Two Pianos – W.A.Mozart-.F. Liszt 

elkinas_web“Simply dazzling” is the way the American Record Guide has described the Elkina Piano Duo. Having played together since the age of five, Russian-born identical twins Julia and Irina Elkina are praised for their “truly remarkable oneness” by critics who also recognize that “each is a formidable pianist in her own right.”

The Elkina twins won the top prize in The Fourth Murray Dranoff International Two Piano Competition. They have performed throughout the United States, making their New York debut in 1996 and playing return engagements there and in San Francisco, Chicago, Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Miami and New Orleans, just to name a few.

The twins have appeared at numerous festivals including Ravinia, the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival and the Minnesota Orchestra’s Sommerfest, and have performed with such conductors as Hugh Wolff and Bobby McFerrin.

The Elkinas have been heard on National Public Radio and many public radio stations nationwide including the award-winning weekly series Saint Paul Sunday, Performance Today, and A Prairie Home Companion.

Irina and Julia have been praised for their collaboration with the acclaimed Basil Twist’s puppet production Petrouchka, which returned for a much-awaited engagement at New York’s Lincoln Center in 2008. It has been performed throughout the United States with most recent performances in Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. In 2014 the Elkinas collaborated with the well-known local theater “Heart of the Beast” on a new production of Petrouchka. Irina recently performed in the very well-received play “33 Variations” at the Park Square Theater in St. Paul. The sisters studied under Professor Alexander Braginsky at the University of Minnesota, where they earned their Doctoral Degrees in Piano Performance. They both are currently on the piano faculty of MacPhail Center for Music. In 2014 Julia has also joined the music faculty of Century College.

Concert Info

October through April
Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center


Hosted by Schubert Club
Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis.

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Seating is limited and first come first served. Doors open at 11:30. Please call if you are attending as a group of 10 or more (651.292.3267).

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