Genova & Dimitrov Piano Duo

Formed in its home city of Hanover in 1995, the sensational international concert career of the Genova and Dimitrov duo began with winning all the major piano duo competitions, including the 1996 ARD Music Competition in Munich, the 1997 Murray Dranoff Piano Duo Competition in Miami, the 1996 Tokyo Piano Duo Competition and the 1995 Bellini Music Competition in Italy.

Since then the duo has performed to great public and critical acclaim at many of the major concert halls of Europe, North and South America, Asia and Africa. Festival appearances include e.g. the Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Ludwigsburg, Schwetzingen, Gstaad, MDR Music Summer, the La Roque d’Antheron Piano Festival and Ravello Festivals, the Music Festival of the Hamptons, the Chopin Piano Festival in Duszniki and the Lower Saxony Music Festival. In 2002 Genova & Dimitrov played at the opening of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and also performed for the EXPO 2000 world exhibition in Hanover.

In addition, the artists have appeared with, among others, the orchestras of the Bavarian, NDR Hanover, SWR Kaiserslautern, Bulgarian National and Bucharest National radio stations, the Stuttgart Philharmonic, the New World and Savannah Symphonies, the NDR Hamburg Radio Choir, Sofia Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Ukrainian National Philharmonic, the Cape Town and the Durban Philharmonics, Musica Viva Moscow, the Minsk Orchestra and the Polish Chamber Philharmonic, under conductors such as Eiji Oue, Ari Rasilainen, Alun Francis, Toshiyuki Kamioka, Leos Svarovsky, Robin Gritton and Alexander Rudin.

Among the 2007/08 season highlights were the appearances with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra under Hannu Lintu in Orange County (Los Angeles), at the Ludwigsburg Castle and Schwetzingen Festivals, at the Al Bustan Arts Festival Beirut, at the Radio WDR Cologne concerts, at the Ghent Opera, in Mexico City, as well as the release of the CD „Favorite Flavours“ for cpo with significant works by Maurice Ravel.

The release of the recording of Mendelssohn piano duo concertos with NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra under Eiji Oue for cpo is scheduled for 2009. Further highlights of the 2008/09 season are the artists‘ appearances at the Mettlach Chamber Music Festival, the USA and Puerto Rico concert tours, the concerts in Luxemburg and Belgium as well as the St.Petersburg Symphony Orchestra tour.

Named "Artists of the Year 2001", Genova & Dimitrov have released eight CDs on cpo including world premiere recordings of piano duo works by Shostakovich, Johann Christian Bach, Clementi, Vladigerov and Casadesus. These releases have won critical acclaim from major international music magazines and radio stations, especially the duo's recordings with the NDR Philharmonic led by Eiji Oue (concertos by Martinu and Schnittke) and with the SWR Orchestra led by Alun Francis (concertos by Milhaud, Poulenc, and Casadesus). After their CD, „America for Two“, featuring works for two pianos by Gershwin, Copland and Bernstein, in 2007 the artists released the recent one „Favourite Flavors“, featuring the significant works by Maurice Ravel, was released in 2007.

The Genova & Dimitrov Duo has appeared in countless radio and TV broadcasts on all continents. In 2005 the duo also served as youngest jurors of the ARD Competition in Munich. The Artists have also been given master classes and workshops worldwide.

Both artists were born in Bulgaria of Greek origin, have been playing piano since the age of five, and made their orchestra debuts at the age of nine. They studied solo piano with Prof. Ganev at the Music Academy in Sofia and since 1993 with Prof. Vladimir Krainev at the Hanover Music Academy. In 2005, for their exceptional artistic achievements, the duo was awarded the honorary citizenship by the German government.

In the fall of 2008, Genova and Dimitrov will join the faculty at the Hannover State Academy of Music and Theatre to teach piano duo performance