Piano duo Gereg Sisters is performing at Festival’s second concert

At Wednesday September 23th, on the second night of this year’s online edition of the Festival, the piano duo Gereg Sisters will perform. This ensemble consists of Noemi and Enike Gereg, who finished high school in Subotica, and graduated and received their doctorates from the Faculty of Music in Belgrade.
They have been performing as a piano duo since 2004, and their repertoire is adorned with the most prominent works written for piano four hands and two pianos – from Bach’s to the compositions of Bartok and Lutosławski. A special curiosity in their work is the performance of works and arrangements by contemporary composers, and some compositions are specially created for their ensemble.
So far, they have released two CDs: Let’s Play in 2015, and in 2018, material was recorded for their second album called Let’s Dance.
In 2015, they started doing children’s concerts, and in 2017, they performed a piece for the musical theatre play Higher by composer Milica Ilic, which is dedicated to Noemi and Enika Gereg.
The piano duo has won numerous awards and recognitions, and the members have performed at many important competitions and festivals in the country and abroad.

Piano duo Gereg Sisters will perform the following compositions on the second night of the Festival:

  • J. Brahms: Sonata of Two Pianos, F minor, Op.34 / b
  • M. Ravel: La Valse for piano four hands

The live stream of the concert of the piano duo Gereg Sisters starts at 20h on the YouTube channel Convivium Musicum. With respect to all measures taken by the authorities, a certain number of audiences will be allowed in the concert hall. Those who want to attend the concert will be able to reserve their place HERE.

The City of Kragujevac has significantly contributed to the realization of this project by providing part of the funds for its co-financing. Support was also provided by our longtime friends and other associates at the Faculty of Philology and Arts, Music School “Dr. Miloje Milojevic”, Music Center Kragujevac, Music Youth of Kragujevac, Prvi Prvi na Skala, production by Darko Riot and others.

Author: Katarina Lazarevic Sretenovic
Translation: Ljubica Guzvic

You can read more about the Gereg Sisters ensemble below:

Biography: Piano duo Gereg Sisters

Slika GS1Noémi and Enikő Görög have been playing together ever since they started playing, which is from a very young age. Immediately after their first concert together, they received positive feedback from the audience, quickly followed by accolades by music critics, as well. The Görög Sistershave a seamless cooperation using the language of music, which, on the other hand, perfectly expresses their completely different musical personalities.
The piano duo started developing under the guiding hands of Emőke Sóti Szobonya, then for years they were mentored by Ninoslav Živković. Apart from these professors, the Sisters were influenced by Gabriella Láng, Arbo Valdma, Márta Gulyás, Imre Rohmann, Luis Fernando Pérez, Tami Kanazawa, Yuval Admony, Jacques Rouvier and Aquiles Delle Vigne.

Máté Csabai wrote about their musical harmony for the Fidelio Magazine in the August 15, 2016 issue:
“… they are in perfect unison. At times their play is wild and loud, while at other times it is very tender, but it is certainly never superficial. They did not stop short of playing Ravel’s exceptionally complex and demanding piece, the La Valse at the end of their program. There is a tiny hall behind the Cardiology Hospital, where a few dozens of music enthusiasts huddled together, found a safe haven from the rain and listened to the Görög Sisters, who “tore the roof off the hall” with Saint-Saens’ The Dance of Death and Ravel’s ecstatic waltz. If Béla Hamvas were alive, he would write an essay about it, so, I’ll try to make the best of it. ”

The piano duo won countless awards at various national and international competitions, including the following:
Belgrade (“Republic-level Chamber Music Competition” – 2000 – special 1st prize, “Petar Konjović” International chamber music competition, 2001 – 3rd prize, “Davorin Jenko” International Competition, 2008 – special 1st prize),
Moncalieri-Turin (“European Music Competition”, 1999 – 1st prize)
Rome (“International Piano Competition”, 2002 – 3rd prize),
Oslo (“Edward Grieg International Piano Competition”, 2010 – 3rd prize and Special prize for the performance of Béla Bartók 7 Pieces from Microcosmos)
Pörtschach (23. Johannes Brahms International Competition, 2016. – 2nd prize)
Bucharest (Zsuzsanna Szörényi International Piano duo competition, 2017. – Finals)
Sardoal ( III. Sardoal International Piano Meeting in the four-hands category, 2018.- 1st prize and the piano duo was also awarded the Jury Grand Prize for the overall winner of the competition)
Salzburg (Prize winners at the International Summer Academy of the Mozarteum University Salzburg, 2018)

The piano duo has held successful concerts throughout Vojvodina (Subotica, Novi Sad, Novi Kneževac, Senta) and Serbia (Belgrade), in Slovakia (Dunajská Streda, Ružomberok), Hungary (Szeged, Budapest, Békéscsaba, Szombathely, the Balaton region), Austria (Reichenau an der Rax, Velden am Wörthersee, Pörtschach, Salzburg), Romania (Bucharest, Cluj), Italy (Rome, Riano, Velletri, L’Aquila, Catania, Ragusa), Greece (Poros), Belgium (Brussels), the Czech Republic (Ostrava), Germany (Bayreuth), Portugal (Coimbra, Sardoal) and Israel (Sde-Boker).
The Görög Sisters performed and shared a stage with the Odeon Youth Orchestra (München), the Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra, the Dohnányi Orchestra Budafok and the Szeged Symphony Orchestra.
They released their first album in 2015 with the title Let’s Play, containing four-hand and two-piano pieces by Mozart, Saint-Saëns, Bartók and Lutosławski. The CD was accompanied by three short videos, presenting three movements of Béla Bartók’s Microcosmos in a completely new light. The videos were produced by the Electe group from Subotica, aimed at music fans and the wider public.

The Sisters started holding Children’s concerts in 2015 upon the invitation of Győző Lukácsházi. The first joint concert with Lukácsházi, who is a radio-producer, was held at Studio 6 of Bartók Radio. It was at this first session that the Görög Sisters became immediately captivated by the children’s audience, their musical passion and spontaneous reactions. The Sisters believe deeply in the need for promoting children’s musical education and instilling musical artistic values into children starting from a young age, which is in line with Lukácsházi’s views, mirrored in the 20-year’s tradition of the BonBon Matinee. At their concerts the Görög Sisters try to offer their young audience a musical basis that will induce them to become regular concertgoers.
The Görög Sisters are committed to playing and promoting modern four-hand and two-piano pieces. The Senta-born Serbian composer, Aleksandar S. Vujić dedicated the four-hand version of his popular Serbian Kolo to the Görög Sisters piano duo. The composer published an account in 2014, in the April issue of the Muzika Klasika classical music journal about the work’s premier in Belgrade on February 24, 2014:
“Their performance was nothing short of a torrent of sound from the keyboard. Our hearts were beating in our throats. It was a sonic comet that dashed across the musical hall, leaving the audience bathed in light.”

In 2017 the Belgrade-based composer Milica Ilić also dedicated a work of hers to the Görög Sisters, ‘Higher’, her musical play centred around the legend of Daedalus and Icarus. The piece is composed for two pianos, baritone vocals, a smaller narrative choir and an actor. The new musical play was first performed at the Dorćol Platz alternative theatre in Belgrade on September 15, 2017, featuring the Görög Sisters. She spoke about the play’s premier in an interview with Nikola Pejčinović given for the Ars Sonora program at the Belgrade Radio on September 18, 2017:
“I am impressed by the pianists’ musicality and precise technical preparation. The communication between them is unique and they are also in deep harmony with the other participants in the play.”