“Two Pianos, Two Young Artists, and One Must-See Collaboration in Concert"
Steinway Pianists Arianna Korting and Robin Giesbrecht met at the Juilliard School as prodigious individual artists, but soon found themselves performing together to rousing ovations wherever two pianos were on stage, from concert halls in Europe to East Asia and throughout the United States. Increasingly in demand for their combined brilliance and marvelous technique since their debut at the Hamburg Philharmonic Hall, their recent performances include debuts at the Rising Stars Series and Salon Series in the Hamptons, as well as in the Philippines.
"Producing music of rare quality" (The Philippine Star), Arianna Körting, a Young Steinway Artist, is a recent graduate of the highly selective Accelerated B.M./M.M. Program at The Juilliard School under the guidance of Jerome Lowenthal and Hung-Kuan Chen. Arianna has appeared in performance ranging from a piano arrangement of the national anthem at the Cleveland Indians Home Opener to a performance of Chopin's Concerto No. 2 with the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Christopher Wilkins who exclaimed that "Arianna displayed great poise, polish and musical instinct."
Arianna won first prizes in international competitions including the Fifth Julia Crane International Piano Competition, the Cleveland International Piano Competition for Young Artists and the David D. Dubois Piano Competition. She was one of only eighteen recipients nationwide under the age of 18 to have been selected as a 2011 Davidson Fellow by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development. Recognized by the United States Senate, her achievements were entered into the Congressional Record on October 6, 2011.
An award-winning and avid chamber musician, Arianna was named one of the Rembrandt Young Artists at the Rembrandt Chamber Music Competition in Chicago and received the Live From Lincoln Center “Outstanding Student Performance Award”. Arianna's numerous performances include Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway Hall in NYC, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival and the Ecoles d'Art Américaines at Château Fontainebleau, France.
Praised for his “stunning bravura and seemingly unlimited virtuosity” (Epoch Times) and “nimbleness at the keys” (Cologne-City News), pianist Robin Giesbrecht has been celebrated internationally with a career reaching mature artistry. Since winning the International Grotrian-Steinweg Competition at age seven and the NDR Arts Prize subsequently, Mr. Giesbrecht has enjoyed performances with in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras throughout Europe, North America and Asia, including debuts with the NDR Radio Philharmonic and the Southwest German Philharmonic.
Robin Giesbrecht’s recital performances include critically-acclaimed debuts at the Hamburg Philharmonic Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weil Recital Hall, and in 2015, he gave a performance of his own piano concerto at Lincoln Center. His chamber music collaborations include performances with the famed Szymanowski Quartet. He has performed at music festivals such as the Music Academy of the West, Oxford Philharmonic Piano Festival, Piano Texas, Menuhin Festival in Gstaad and Sommerakademie Mozarteum Salzburg.
An internationally renowned pianist from a young age as a prizewinner at the Rotary International Competition in Essen and National Junior Competition of Germany, Mr. Giesbrecht became a student of famed pedagogue Karl-Heinz Kämmerling at the age of 8. In 2006, the Austrian TV channel ORF filmed in honor of Mozart’s anniversary a movie in which Mr. Giesbrecht, dressed as Mozart, performed on Mozart’s original pianoforte in Salzburg, an event that was broadcasted worldwide. In 2008, the German TV channel WDR made a documentary about the life of the young pianist.
Robin Giesbrecht was awarded the Vladimir Horowitz scholarship at the Juilliard School as a student of Jerome Lowenthal and Joseph Kalichstein, where he received his undergraduate degree. He recently graduated from the Yale School of Music with a Master's degree where he studied with Peter Frankl.