The Latsos Piano Duo

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The Latsos in Ehrbar-saal Concert Hall Vienna, 2019
The Latsos performing for International Classical Concerts at Rancho Mirage Public Library in California, 2017

The Latsos is an internationally known classical piano duo formed by Giorgi Latso and Anna Fedorova-Latso. They began playing together in 2013 and have performed four-hands piano recitals and concertos for two pianos and orchestra in Europe, Russia, America and Asia. The Latso Duo resides in Vienna, Austria, where Giorgi has joined the piano faculty of the Prayner Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Arts as professor of piano [1] and at the same time he is a guest professor at the Liceu Conservatory in Barcelona. [2][3] Anna currently maintains a private piano studio.

Repertoire[edit]

The Latsos's repertoire ranges from Bach to 21st-century classical music, including all major works for piano four hands and orchestral transcriptions, with a focus on French, Russian and German composers. The duo performs at concert halls across Europe, America and Asia including Music Center Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art,[4] Beverly Hills Greystone,[5] Yamaha Center in Bangkok, Imperial Marmorsaal Concert Hall Vienna, Ehrbarsaal in Vienna, Linzer Stadthalle, Belgais Center for Arts in Portugal, Turgenev Art Gallery in Moscow, etc.

The Latsos have rediscovered, performed and recorded a number of unusual and forgotten works from the duo-piano repertoire, including all the Schubert duets and duos. The pianists have developed a close relationship with composer Joe Giarrusso, who created and dedicated some four-hand pieces especially for them.[6][7] Since 2013 they have been performing worldwide as piano duo and have appeared at musical centers and festivals, including Chopin Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Steinway Festival, Yamaha Fesitval, Schubertiade Music Festival, the Osterfestival Tirol and the Ruhr Piano Festival.[8]

Extensive CD recording makes up an important part of their career: the Duo has released recordings of four-hand piano music not only with central works of the repertoire but also introducing less familiar names to a wide public.[9][10]

The Latsos have performed and recorded a number of unusual and largely unknown treasures from the duo-piano repertoire, including all the Schubert duets and duos. “...The Latsos shine in enchantingly intimate dialogue and impress with their expression of emotional unrest” as Kreiszeitung describes them. The Latsos are often guests on radios such as KUSC Radio,[11][12] “Classic FM” Sunday Live, NDR Kultur and many more.

‘The Latsos’ concert ticket line at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 03.17.2019

“...The Latsos’ execution of these transitions [in Schubert’s Fantasia] was exemplary, so that their performance gained strength and impetus as it proceeded, culminating in a powerful account of maybe the darkest final cadence Schubert ever wrote, a procession of grinding minor chords that descend like a glacier sliding into a freezing ocean.” LA Opus wrote.[13]

One of their recent concert presentation held at the historic Doheny Estate & Gardens as part of the Music in the Mansion Series was filmed by Beverly Hills Warner Cable Television and live-streamed on BHTV10 Channel.[14]

The duo also supports the mission of charities by organizing and performing benefit concerts each year. They often offer concerts performances for non-profit organizations and institutions that serve underprivileged communities, children with special needs, hospital patients, and the elderly. In May 2019 in collaboration with National Solidarity Fund and The Embassy of Georgia to the Republic of Austria, The Latsos Duo performed gala charity concert in support of children and young people under the age of 22 suffering from oncological disease in Georgia.[15]

Master classes and lectures[edit]

Giorgi and Anna Latso combine performance and teaching. As music educators, they have presented master classes and lectures at a number of universities in Europe, Russia, Asia, as well as across the United States and regularly invited to perform at prestigious music halls and scholarly conferences worldwide.

Awards[edit]

  • 2017 - Winners of Beverly Hills National (USA) Auditions [16][17][18]

Reviews[edit]

An intimate knowledge of the two-piano repertoire, in combination with sound command of technique and a finely developed sense of ensemble, have allowed The Latsos to focus on the nuance and detail that has won so much praise from critics: “thrilling and flamboyant, tender and passionate, vibrant and dynamic”. Internationale Chopin-Gesellschaft Vienna, Austria.[19] Oberösterreichische Nachrichten hailed them for being “as expressive as they are technically perfect”.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dozentinnen und Dozenten" [Teaching staff]. www.konservatorium-prayner.at (in German). Prayner Konservatorium Vienna. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  2. ^ "Masterclass amb Giorgi Latso (piano)" (in Catalan). Conservatori Liceu. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  3. ^ "Barcelona Classica". Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  4. ^ "LACMA". Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  5. ^ "LACMA". Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  6. ^ "Waring International Piano Competition". Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  7. ^ "Performing Arts". Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  8. ^ "Turgenev Library Moscow". Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  9. ^ "Amazon". Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  10. ^ "CDbaby". Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  11. ^ "KUSC- Sundayslive". Retrieved 2019-03-22.
  12. ^ "Sundayslive". Retrieved 2019-02-21.
  13. ^ "LAopus". Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  14. ^ "Beverly Hills Channel Television" (PDF). Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  15. ^ "National Solidarity Fund Georgia". Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  16. ^ "Beverly Hills" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  17. ^ "Classical Crossroads" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  18. ^ "encinitasca.gov/concerts" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  19. ^ A. Wagner (2014-02-27). "Chopin-Gesselschaft Wien". Retrieved 2017-06-11.

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