Jussens by Night
with Arthur en Lucas Jussen

Amsterdam Sinfonietta, the Jussen brothers and Bach: that golden combination can be heard on a new cd by Deutsche Grammophon. We celebrate the release with concerts in Germany and the Netherlands.

Following our last concert tour in September 2018, Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Lucas and Arthur Jussen entered the studio to record J.S. Bach’s two double concertos. The CD will be released on the Deutsche Grammophon label in October 2019. In March and April the brothers return to perform these two double concertos with Amsterdam Sinfonietta, touring the Netherlands and Germany. They will also perform the rousing work entitled Night. This compact tour de force for piano four hands was specially composed for the Jussens by the Turkish master pianist Fazıl Say in 2016. Amsterdam Sinfonietta closes the programme with Benjamin Britten’s highly virtuosic Variations on a Theme by Frank Bridge. This versatile ode to his mentor signified Britten’s international breakthrough.

‘In the Concerto for two pianos in C minor, by J.S. Bach, Arthur and Lucas Jussen guaranteed a lively performance, playing closely together with the brilliant Amsterdam Sinfonietta.’

~Trouw ****

Despite their young age, Arthur and Lucas Jussen have been taking part in the international concert world for years. Whether they perform as a duo or as soloists, the piano brothers are praised by both press and audiences. They received their first piano lessons from Leny Bettman in their native town of Hilversum. In 2001, Lucas (1993) reached the finale of the Three-day Rotterdam Piano Festival and in 2004, Arthur (1996) was chosen as ‘Young Musical Talent of the Year’ at the National Contest of the Young Musical Talent Foundation. In 2005, the brothers studied in Portugal and Brazil for nearly a year at the invitation of Portuguese master pianist Maria João Pires. In the following years they took lessons from both Pires and two renowned Dutch teachers: Piano pedagogue Jan Wijn took them under his wing, and with Ton Hartsuiker they broadened their knowledge of 20th-century music. In 2011, Lucas and Arthur received the first ever Concertgebouw Young Talent Award. Only recently they won the OPUS Klassik Prize, in the category Classical for Children, for a cd containing Saint-Saëns’ Carnaval des Animaux.

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