Christina and Michelle Naughton

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Christina and Michelle Naughton
BornPrinceton, New Jersey
GenresClassical, Contemporary Classical Music
InstrumentsPiano
Years active2008 - present
Members
  • Christina Naughton
  • Michelle Naughton

Christina and Michelle Naughton are twin sisters and an American piano duo.

Background and early life[edit]

Christina and Michelle Naughton were born in Princeton, New Jersey, to parents of European and Chinese ancestry. Raised in Madison, Wisconsin, they began taking piano lessons from their mother at the age of four.[1] Although the sisters initially practiced and performed individually, a concert presenter's request that they perform together as a duo when they were 18 highlighted their remarkable talent and marked the beginning of a preference for making music together.[1][2]

Career[edit]

The Naughtons' professional career was launched in 2010 with debuts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the Mann Center for Performing Arts with the Philadelphia Orchestra, after which The Philadelphia Inquirer described them as "paired to perfection".[3] In 2011, they performed in Munich's Herkulessaal and began to establish their reputation outside of the United States.[4][5]

Subsequently the Naughtons performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Houston Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Royal Flemish Philharmonic, and the Solistes Européens Luxembourg, under conductors including Stéphane Denève, Edo de Waart, Charles Dutoit, JoAnn Falletta, Giancarlo Guerrero, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and Michael Stern.

The sisters' recital appearances have included the Schubert Club of St. Paul, the Naumburg Bandshell in New York's Central Park, Chamber Music San Francisco, the Houston Society for the Performing Arts, the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, Munich's Gasteig, the Berlin Philharmonie's Kammermusiksaal, France's Festival de La Roque-d'Anthéron, Zurich's Tonhalle, and Prague's Strings of Autumn Festival.

In 2019, Christina and Michelle became the first piano duo to receive Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Education[edit]

The sisters were trained at the Curtis Institute of Music and at the Juilliard School. They earned bachelor's degrees in solo piano performance in 2011 at Curtis, where they both received the Festorazzi Prize.[6] They earned master's degrees from Juilliard in 2013.[7] Pianist Joseph Kalichstein taught the sisters at Juilliard and remarked, "When they play together, they seem to have one mind and one body—it's extraordinary—like one person with two hands playing."[1]

Discography[edit]

The Naughtons released their first album, "Piano Duets," on the German label Orfeo in 2012. It was praised by Der Spiegel for a performance that "stands out with unique harmony and sings out with stylistic confidence."[8] The sisters  signed an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics which released their second album, "Visions", in March 2016; and their third album "American Postcard" in March 2019.

Music videos[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Christina and Michelle Naughton reside in New York City.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Ramey, Corinne (4 August 2014). "Christina and Michelle Naughton, Twin Pianists, Perform at Naumburg Orchestral Concerts". The Wall Street Journal.
  2. ^ Brown, Steven (9 May 2014). "Naughton twins enjoy performing together". Houston Chronicle.
  3. ^ "Bio". Christina & Michelle Naughton.
  4. ^ Philipp Gasteiger. "Termine, Partys, Veranstaltungskalender, Konzertkarten und Tickets fr Mnchen - Heute".
  5. ^ "A Sensation With Four Hands {Saale Zeitung} (Translation)". Christina & Michelle Naughton.
  6. ^ "Michelle Naughton - Pianist - Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music - Chapman University".
  7. ^ "Sloan Kettering Benefit Staged by Alum". The Juilliard Journal. February 2015.
  8. ^ Von Saltzwedel, Johannes (29 October 2012). "KulturSpiegel 11/2012, Neue Klassik-CDs". Der Spiegel.
  9. ^ "Christina & Michelle Naughton - Lutoslawski". YouTube.
  10. ^ "Christina & Michelle Naughton - Mozart 2009". YouTube.
  11. ^ "Christina & Michelle Naughton: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy's Allegro brillant A major (excerpt)". YouTube.
  12. ^ "Christina & Michelle Naughton @ Naumburg - Hallelujah Junction". YouTube.

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