|Waltraud Wulz & Antoinette Van Zabner
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Waltraud Wulz and Antoinette Van Zabner have for many years been an international duo that consciously exploits the differing musical characters of the two artists: the one is deeply rooted in the rich musical culture of Austria, the other became acquainted with the international centers of the musical world in the course of her life. The great strength and fascination of this unique duo is the way in which the two pianists meld into a unit, the extensive range of their artistic experience in a musical and personal exchange, which makes all of the influences heard and felt. Sum up nuanced coloring and intense richness of sound, a fascination for rhythm, sense of humor and depth of interpretation, and you will get a rough idea of the diverse musical and pianistic qualities of this duo. The well-known expression „the whole is greater than the sum of its parts“ wondrously proves to be true in describing the duo’s uniqueness.
Brilliant concert performances on four continents have made both pianists internationally renowned. In 2006, celebrating Mozart’s 250th anniversary, Waltraud Wulz and Antoinette Van Zabner gave three concerts in the Grand Hall of the Konzerthaus and in the Brahmsaal of the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria. Highlights were also concerts in the Gregr Hall of the Gemeindehaus in Prague and in the Duiske Concert Series in Ireland. An extensive tour led them through Chile and North America in 2007 as official ambassadors of Austrian musical culture. In the United States they were artists in residence at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. In 2008, the artists were sent by the Austrian Foreign Ministry to China to present a special Viennese program. For both, the highlight of this trip was a performance in Beijing in the "Musicathlon," as part of the cultural advance program for the 2008 Olympic Summer Games. The “Musicathlon” was jointly conceptualized by the Yale School of Music and the Beijing Central Conservatory to bring together performing artists and teachers from the 10 world’s best music universities and conservatories including the Juilliard School in New York; Sibelius Academy in Helsinki; Royal Academy of Music in London; Liszt Academy in Budapest; and the Ludwig van Beethoven Institute of the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. An enthusiastic audience of over 2,000 listeners came to see and hear the duo in the Forbidden City Concert Hall of Beijing.