As a piano duo, Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl have long been synonymous for musical intelligence and the highest standard of performance. Critics have marveled at their ability to achieve the “freedom of a soloist with four hands” as well as for their nuanced illumination of complex scores to the subtlest details.
After studying in Stuttgart with Renate Werner and Frankfurt with Herbert Seidel, the Stenzls completed a twoyear postgraduate program with Frank Wibaut, Hamish Milne and Stephen Kovacevich at the Royal Academy of Music in London where they received concert diplomas both as solo and duo performers with distinction. They have had private lessons with Alfred Brendel and received further important artistic impulses from Bruno Canino and Norbert Brainin.
Winners of eleven international competitions, including the 1986 ARD competition in Munich and the 1989 Dranoff Competition in Miami, the Stenzls’ extensive career has taken them to almost all European countries as well as North and South America, West Africa, Japan, China and Hong Kong.
In 1991 they made their debut at the Salzburg Festival. Since then, they have appeared in major concert halls throughout the world, including the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, the Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, the Nichols Concert Hall in Chicago, the Lincoln Theater in Miami, the Tokyo Suntory Hall, the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, the Philharmonic Hall in Guangzhou, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Frauenkirche in Dresden, the Tonhalle Düsseldorf, the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, the Philharmonie in Cologne, the Herkulessaal and the Gasteig in Munich, the Liederhalle in Stuttgart, the Salle Gaveau in Paris, the Stefaniensaal in Graz, the Philharmonic Hall in Bratislava, the Ateneul in Bucharest, the Kolarac and the Philharmonic Hall in Belgrade, the Manoel Theatre in Malta, the International House of Music in Moscow, the Philharmonic Hall in St. Petersburg, the Philharmonic Hall in Nishnij Novgorod, the Organ Hall in Arkhangelsk, the Philharmonic Hall in Ufa, the Opera House in Cairo, the Opera House in Alexandria, and the Teatro Teresa Careno in Caracas.
Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl have also performed as soloists under the direction of numerous renowned conductors, including Helmuth Rilling, Karl Anton Rickenbacher, Gerd Albrecht, Neal Stulberg, Wojciech Rajski, Max Pommer, Yordan Kamdzhalov, Wolf-Dieter Hauschild, Wolfgang Schäfer, Hans Michael Beurle, Hartmut Haenchen, Daniel Raiskin, Wayne Marshall, Martin Fischer-Dieskau, Thomas Hengelbrock and Gustavo Dudamel.
Furthermore, they have worked together with Karl Michael Vogler, Hans Clarin, Loriot, Nina Petri, Gisela Schneeberger, Bernt Hahn, Roger Willemsen, Stefan Fleming in the musical-literary scene. In 1996, Hans-Peter and Volker Stenzl were appointed “Associates of the Royal Academy of Music London.”
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