February 5, 2007
Free concert by Austrian piano duo, Feb. 11
BY jessica moore
Praised for their enthusiasm, harmony and joy, pianists Waltraud Wulz and Antoinette Van Zabner, known as "The Duo," perform an evening of four-hand piano works in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Emerson Concert Hall on Feb. 11, at 4 p.m. The concert will be followed by an artist meet-and-greet and dessert reception. The concert and the reception are free. For more information contact the Arts at Emory Box office at 404-727-5050 or visit www.arts.emory.edu.
During their residency as Emory Coca-Cola Artists in Residence, The Duo will perform for a music class at The Paideia School and for an Emory Department of Music composition class. On Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m., Van Zabner will lead a piano accompanying masterclass for Emory music majors in the Tharp Rehearsal Hall that is free and open for public observation.
Coming from a musical family in Carinthia in southern Austria, Wulz's musical career began at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. She was a prize-winning pianist in the Rudolf Heydner Piano Competition in Vienna, the international Friedrich Kuhlau Competition in Uelzen, and the international piano competition in Monza.
Born in Austria and brought up in the United States, Van Zabner began her musical education at the age of 4 and received a grant at age 13 to study piano in France, later completing her studies at Vassar College and the Yale University School of Music. A Fulbright grant finally led her back to the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. The vivacious pianist is an acknowledged specialist for Spanish and Brazilian piano music.