Since 2006 the cello/piano duo martha & monica has consistently delighted Bay Area audiences with innovative programs and imaginative pairings of contemporary works and beloved masterpieces.
Our repertoire includes the great sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert, signiﬁcant twentieth-century works by Britten, Carter, Debussy and Schnittke, to shorter works by Nadia Boulanger and Fanny Mendelssohn, transcriptions of vocal music – Debussy, Poulenc, Wagner – as well as an ever-increasing body of contemporary compositions and newly commissioned works. We have been presented regularly at San Francisco’s Old First Concerts, on Berkeley Chamber Performances, Trinity Chamber Concerts, OpenSoundWest at the Center for Contemporary Music and Audio Technologies, sfSoundSeries and the El Dorado Community Music Series. For four years running, martha & monica has appeared in the annual showcase Chamber Music Day Live + Free, presented by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music, performing to capacity crowds. We have also enjoyed performing in historic buildings and public spaces throughout the Bay Area, including the Falkirk Mansion, the Berkeley Piano Club, the residence of the French Consul, and the DeYoung Museum. In 2012, our duo premiered several new works, some written especially for martha & monica: Robert Greenberg’s “Lemurs are Afraid of Fossas”, was premiered in April of 2012 as part of Composers’ Inc “Riffs and Refuge” program; martha & monica also recently played the United States premiere of Erik Ulman’s “Canto XXV”. The upcoming 2012-13 season will include premieres in October of two new commissions by Matt Ingalls and Omid Zoufonoun at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and spring performances of recent works by Thomas Adès and Kaija Saariaho. In September 2009, we released our first CD, recorded at Skywalker Sound, which includes Elliott Carter’s masterpiece Sonata (1948), music of Beethoven and our duo’s own transciption of three Poulenc songs.
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