Courtroom Concert Program Details

October 29, 2015, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center

Irina and Julia Elkina, piano duo

Andante with Variations in G major for four hands, K. 501 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Variations sur un air national de Moore, B.12a – Frédéric Chopin
Andante and Variations Op. 46 – Robert Schumann
“I Got Rhythm” Variations for Piano and Orchestra – George Gershwin (Transcribed for Two Pianos by the composer)
Variations on a Theme by Paganini for Two Pianos – Witold Lutoslawski

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.

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. Last season Irina performed in the very well-received play “33 Variations” at the Park Square Theater in St. Paul, Julia performed Schumann’s Carnival as part of MacPhail’s Spotlight series, and together they performed Mozart’s double concerto with the Century community college orchestra.

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

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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