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“Above all we will remember a brilliant interpretation of  the sea  by Debussy »

Ivo Haag, jury of the ARD international competition in Munich 2015.

Yin and Yang...

Yun-Ho Chen and Delphine Armand form an original duo of two pianos and 4 hands. From different cultures, they complement each other through the same musical vision: to push the limits in interpretations that are always free and demanding.  For this, they play both the great repertoire and their own transcriptions. They then reach their sound ideal of "piano-orchestra".

Open first...

The two pianists meet at the National Conservatory of Music in Paris. They obtained their masters in piano, chamber music and singing direction. Their career at the CNSM was strongly marked by the teaching of Daria Hovora with whom they studied French music from the beginning of the 20th century while opening up to contemporary aesthetics, then by Claire Désert who led them to develop a more intimate repertoire. especially in the formation 4 hands.


A recognized duo...

In September 2015, the duo won the Bärenreiter prize and the BR-Klassik radio prize at the ARD competition in Munich. He is also a laureate of the Grieg competition in Oslo and won the first grand prize and the prize for the best interpretation of a French work at the Forum Musical de Normandie.

Programmed in the musical seasons of the Invalides, the Musée d'Orsay, the Musée de la Marine or the Théâtre de l'Odéon, he has also played in Ukraine and toured Taiwan and Thailand where he gave masters -class and recitals.

Yun-Ho and Delphine were invited by Roger Muraro to Messiaen's house (in Petichet) to learn more about the composer's language in Visions de l'Amen – a key work of the 20th century repertoire for two pianos.

When the arts collide...

Delphine and Yun-Ho strive to mix the arts.

They performed at the Théâtre du Châtelet for a version of Petrushka by Igor Stravinsky, where the ballet was created in 1911. This production was carried out in collaboration with the circus world, the creation of the stage production having been entrusted to the national school of circus arts of Rosny-sous-bois.

They also collaborate with the actress Emmanuelle Meyssignac around the works of Claude Debussy enlightened by the reading of excerpts from his correspondence.

The duo also works with Marianne Sytchkov on the Chinese tale "The Pilgrim Monkey". Sound bridge between Asia and Europe, the show features creations by the composer Hsiao-Feng Chang but also arrangements by the duo of Western works from the beginning of the 20th century (Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel).

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