Two of Philip Glass‘ closest collaborators and friends, Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa, perform an all-Glass recital of music for two pianos and piano four-hands. The program includes the two-piano suite from Glass’ opera Les Enfants Terribles, a selection of music for piano-four hands including “The Chase” from Orphée, the New York premiere of the musical interlude from The Voyage, and “Stokes,” as well as Glass’ dynamic “Four Movements for Two Pianos.”
Dennis Russell Davies has had a distinguished career as both a pianist and a conductor in both the US and in Europe. Founder of the American Composers Orchestra, he has held esteemed positions with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Bruckner Orchester Linz, and the Stuttgart Opera. Beginning with Glass’ “Violin Concerto No.1” which premiered with the ACO at Carnegie Hall in 1987, Davies has played a large role in bringing Glass’ concert works to the stage as both a pianist and conductor, including arranging the commissions of ten of the eleven extant Glass symphonies. Dennis Russell Davies was born in Toledo, Ohio and studied piano and conducting at the Juilliard School. He is Professor Emeritus of Orchestral Conducting at Salzburg’s Mozarteum, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the French Ministry of Culture has appointed him “Commandeur des Arts et Lettres.”
Renowned piano soloist Maki Namekawa has the distinct honor of recording Glass’s complete piano études, released on Orange Mountain Music in 2014. Her forthcoming solo piano album of the complete soundtrack to the film MISHIMA is forthcoming on OMM Records. Namekawa has toured regularly for years with Philip Glass, presenting his Complete Piano Études in cities around the world, most recently including the Barbican Centre in London. Following studies at the Kunitachi Music University in Tokyo, Namekawa pursued advanced work under Pierre-Laurent Aimard at the Musikhochschule in Cologne as well as studies with Werner Genuit and Kaya Han at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe and Stefan Litwin in Saarbrücken. Namekawa has been performing the music of Philip Glass with Dennis Russell Davies since 2003.