07/05/16: TEDx BOLZANO
Carles & Sofia were invited for a TED talk at TEDx Bolzano: "The magic element of success". Through a little story about 5 pianists, they discover the real secret of success. A story not only for musicians, but a story of live for everyone.
03/04/16: THAILAND TOUR. GOYESCAS
At the beginning of April, between the 3rd and the 9th, Carles & Sofia piano duo made a tour with "Goyescas" in Thailand, performing in the cities of Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya and Hua-Hin. The opera, in the transcription for piano four hands, was received again with great enthousiasm.
26/03/16: MOZART´S REQUIEM FOR PIANO FOUR HANDS
Carles & Sofia performed three times Carl Czerny´s transcription for piano four hands of Mozart´s Requiem. The concerts took place in Catalonia during Wholy Week. Public welcomed enthousiastically the powerful and delicate version of the duet.
07/02/16: SUCCESSFUL USA TOUR
After the premiere of "Goyescas" at Carnegie Hall, Carles & Sofia completed a successful tour in USA, performing the opera in different halls of Texas (Wesleyan University and Arlington Texas University) and Florida (University of South Florida). The transcription for piano four hands has been welcomed with standing ovations everywhere.
28/01/16: REVIEW. "THE UNDISPUTED KINGS OF PIANO FOUR HANDS"
New York Piano Group has published a review on Carles&Sofia piano duo´s concert at Carnegie Hall, premiering the Opera Goyescas, by Granados. They are higlighted as the "indisputed kings of four hands performances on the classical piano".
28/01/16: STANDING OVATION AT CARNEGIE HALL
With a full house, Carles & Sofia received a standing ovation at Carnegie Hall (Weill Hall), last 28th of January, when premiering the four hands version of Granados´Opera "Goyescas". The program included also Ravel´s La Valse.
28/01/16: WORLD PREMIERE: GOYESCAS AT CARNEGIE HALL
One hundred years to the day after the Metropolitan Opera premiere of Granados’s opera Goyescas, the 28th of January, Carles & Sofia Piano Duo present a new version of the work, in a transcription for piano four hands made by Abraham Espinosa. After Carnegie Hall premiere, the duo will present "Goyescas" in other cities of the USA, in Italy, Germany, Spain, Croatia and in China and Thailand.
05/10/15: NEW VIDEO: MANUEL DE FALLA "LA VIDA BREVE"
A new video with Carles & Sofia piano duo performing one of the most famous pieces by Manuel de Falla has been released: from te opera "La vida breve", the first Spanish Dance.
06/09/15: NEW PROGRAM FOR CARLES & SOFIA: LIEDER TRANSCRIPTIONS
Carles & Sofia have premiered a complete new program of Lieder trascriptions for piano four hands in Germany, in the Internationale Sommerserenaden in Sindelfingen. Transcriptions have been made by Christoph Ewers. The program included Schubert and Brahms´ lieder and was a great success.
15/08/15: AND THE WINNER IS... SOLD OUT
Carles&Sofia´s exclusve project "And the Winner Is...", a film music concert for piano four hands and chamber orchestra was sold out for the two performances that took place on 15th and 16th of August in the prestigious Festival de Sant Pere de Rodes. The performance was a benefit concert for the project "Life for Africa VTT" of the Rotary International Foundation.
07/08/15: CARLES & SOFIA´S SUMMER TOUR
Carles & Sofa have been very busy in July and August, with several concerts in France, Germany and Italy: they have performed piano four hands recitals with different programs in prestigious festivals in Offenburg, Tricastin, Tuscany and Ardèche.
19/06/15: WORLD PREMIERE: CONCIERTO FOLKLORICO
Carles & Sofia premiered the symphonic version of John Carmichael´s "Concierto Folklórico" for piano four hands, in Montevideo, at the Auditorio del SODRE, together with the Orquesta Juvenil del SODRE and Ariel Britos, as the conductor.
12/06/15: CARLES & SOFIA AT THE PALAU DE LA MÚSICA
An exclusive program of film music for piano four hands and chamber orchestra was performed by Carles & Sofia piano duo at the Palau de la Música, in Barcelona in occasion of a new Concerts4Good. The duo performed with Orchestra Concerts4Good-Terres de Marca, under the conducting of Daniel Mestre. The benefits of the concert went to the charity "Obra Benèfico Social del Nen Déu"
16/04/2015: WORLD PREMIERE. VIBRATIONS OF HOPE
Carles & Sofia will premiere the version for piano four hands of Z. Browning´s "Vibrations of Hope" in Budapest, on the Memorial Day of the Holocaust. The piece was written in 2013, as the response of the tragedy occured at Sandy Hook Elementary School and has lots of technical complexities and rhythm changes.
20/03/15: CARLES & SOFIA ON A USA TOUR
Carles & Sofia performed with great success (standing ovation) at the Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC, in the 31st editon of the Annual Piano Cinic. The day after the concert, they taught a Mater-Class and lectured for professors and students of the Piano Cinic. The tour ended in New York, with a concert in the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library.
25/02/15: CARLES & SOFIA PERFORM WITH ORCHESTRA IN ISTANBUL
Carles & Sofia have been invited to perform with orchestra in Istanbul, Turkey, On a "Spanish" night, the duo performed the brilliant "Concierto Folklórico" by John Carmichael, for piano four hands and orchestra, under Can Okan as a conductor.
13/01/2015: AUDITORI DE GRONA ANNOUNCES NEW SEASON WITH CARLES & SOFIA PIANO DUO
Carles & Sofia piano duo wll performa Beethoven´s "Eroica" Symphony for piano four hands in their home town, Girona, on the 20th of February in the Auditori de Girona. The Symphony was premiered in 2013 in the Fundación Juan March in Madrid.
01/12/2014: NEIL STOKES INTERVIEWS CARLES & SOFIA IN EL PUNT AVUI TV
Neil Stokes, in El PuntAvui TV has interviewed Carles & Sofia piano duo in his program "English Hour - Going Native". Carles & Sofia talked about their career and about why they had to learn English.
24/11/2014: CARLES & SOFIA PIANO DUO END THE SEASON IN BARI, ITALY
Carles & Sofia have ended their season in the beautiful Van Westerhout Theatre, in Mola di Bari, Italy. They will now devote to practice new repertoire and make some recordings for next season and also to have some holidays with their daughters, during Christmas time.
14/10/2014: "POINT OF VIEW" SERIES OF VIDEOS IS OUT
"Point of View" is a series of videos taken during the performance of "Le surréalisme c´est moi" with Hamburg Ballett, with the camera behind the pianists, so under Carles & Sofia"s point of view". First video is the diabolic end of Maurice Ravel´s La Valse.
23/09/2014 PRESS: ITALY. "SPANISH ESSENCE" CD IN IL TRILLO DEL DIAVOLO
The CD "Spanish Essence" has been featured in the Italian magazine "Il trillo del diavolo": "Delicacy, sweetness, refinement together with passion and impetuous performance" (Il trillo)
21/09/2014: ENDING SUMMER TOUR
Carles & Sofia piano duo have been performing during the summer in Italy, Spain, France, Sweden, Portugal, Sicily. Last concert was in the Festival d´Hyères in the beautiful Côte d´Azur. Carles & Sofia will now be preparing new repertoire for the upcoming season.
02/08/2014: LE SURRÉALISME C´EST MOI
A very especial show has been presented by Carles & Sofia piano duo and the Hamburg Ballett in the Festival de Sant Pere de Rodes. With music by Debussy, Ravel and Wagner, the duo and the dancers have made a personal tribute to the great painter Salvador Dalí.
24/07/14 PRESS: CARLES & SOFIA PIANO DUO IN KLAVIER.DE
Carles & Sofia piano duo´s interview in Germany, has been featured in Klavier.de: The headline reads: "As a duo, you have to think and feel the music the same way".
After several concerts in Portugal, Italy and Sweden, Carles & Sofia piano duo have performed at the prestigious festival in Nancy (France): Nancyphonies. On the program, one of their favourite symphonic pieces for piano four hands: Ravel´s La Valse.
20/06/2014: CONCERTS$GOOD ARRIVES TO BILBAO
Carles & Sofia´s personal solidarity project "Concerts4Good, Music on a Mission" arrived to Bilbao. One of the two concerts held in the capital of the Basque Country was performed by the duo. Public filled up the hall at the University of Deusto.
25/05/2014: PREMIERE: JOHN CARMICHAEL´S CONCIERTO FOLKLORICO
The premiere of John Carmichael´s Concierto Folklórico in the version for piano four hands and string orchestra took place on the 25th of May, in L´Auditori, in Barcelona, under the hands of Carles & Sofia piano duo. The composer was present in this event, which took place within the frame of Concerts4Good, Music on a Mission.
11/05/2014: 20.000 FANS ON FACEBOOK!
Carles & Sofia´s community is growing and they have reached the 20.000 Fans on Facebook. Lots of likes in their posts and lots of interactions and nice comments inspire them to continue sharing their musical lives and concert experiences. Photos, videos, press or TV appearances... And once in a while, why not, some personal or funny moments too...
27/04/2104: SOMUS FESTIVAL
Carles & Sofia piano duo have been invited for the closure of Somus Festival in Serbia. They performed a piano four hands recitals with Schubert´s Fantasy F Minor, Brahms´Variations on a Haydn´s theme and some Spanish Music in the second half.
16/04/2014: PRESS REVIEW: "SPANISH ESSENCE" CD IN DOCE NOTAS
Doce Notas reviewed Carles & Sofia piano duo´s latest CD "Spanish Essence", released under the label KNS Classical. Leticia Yustos mentioned the ability of the duet to move the audience, the unparalelled mutual understanding and synchronisation and the passion as its purest.
07/04/2014: MALAGUEÑA´S VIDEO HAS ARRIVED!
One of the most famous pieces by Ernesto Lecuona and one of the most popular and spectacular "encores" of Carles & Sofia has arrived in video. Malagueña is the sixth piece of the "Suite Andalucía".
28/03/2014: THE VIDEO OF BEETHOVEN´S 3rd SYMPHONY IS OUT
Carles & Sofía perform a selection from the transcription for piano 4 hands of the Symphony No. 3, “Eroica” and discuss some of the difficulties posed by this version of the work, by Ferdinand Lukas Schubert, the famous composer’s brother.
21/03/2014: REVIEW OF BEETHOVEN SYMPHONIES IN RITMO
Ritmo Magazine reviewed Carles & Sofia piano duo´s concert in Fundación Juan March, when they played the 3rd and the 4th Symphonies by Beethoven in the arrangements for piano four hands. The critics appreciated their sensitivity and complete mutual understanding, together with the symphonic sound and structure.
07/03/2014: THE VIDEO OF BEETHOVEN´S 4th SYMPHONY IS OUT
Carles & Sofía piano duo reflect on the issue of musical arrangements and perform an excerpt from the transcription for piano 4 hands of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 made by Friedrich Mockwitz, a contemporary of the composer, in 1813.
03/03/2014: AUDIOCLÁSICA INTERVIEW
Carles & Sofia have been interviewed by the Spanish Magazine Audioclásica. They have been asked about their long career together, about all their international concerts, about what represents being a Steinway Artist, about helping young musicians... and some other "secrets" of piano playing.
28/02/2014: CARLES & SOFIA ANNOUNCING THE MENTORING PROJECT
Carles & Sofia piano duo have started a new project of mentoring young talented artists: they are happy to help emergent artists to make their first steps in their careers, helping them with the first recordings and first concert engagements. For the moment, they presented Italian pianist Manila Santini and Spanish pianist Mario Mora.
19/02/2014: FIRST REVIEW OF "SPANISH ESSENCE" CD
Carles & Sofia piano duo got a "Melòmano de Oro" for their latest CD "Spanish Essence". Also the CD was featured in the section "Look for this CD". "Dazzling sound, overwhleming speech" said Miguel Pérez Martín.
11/02/2014: CARLES & SOFIA IN KLASSIk.COM
The German magazine Klassik.com interviewed Carles & Sofia piano duo. The pianists talked about the art of performing the piano four hands and also about Spanish Music and the new CD release "Spanish Essence", under the label KNS-Classical.
22/01/2014: THE MOST EAGERLY AWAITED CD "SPANISH ESSENCE" IS HERE!
Carles & Sofia Piano Duo have released their most expected CD. With the title "Spanish Essence" the album includes works for piano four hands by Albéniz and the virtuoso and famous Spanish Dances from "La vida breve" and the "Ritual Fire Dance" from "El amor brujo" by Manuel de Falla.
21/01/2014: NEW VIDEO. COLOUR, RHYTHM, FIRE
A sizzle reel of Carles & Sofia Piano Duo related to the new "Spanish Essence" CD, with music by Manuel de Falla has been released. Including the Two Dances from "La vida breve" and the famous Ritual Fire Dance, from "El Amor brujo"
05/01/2014 - PRESS: CARLES & SOFIA PIANO DUO ON "MELÓMANO" COVER
Carles & Sofia piano duo have been interviewd by "Melómano" Magazine and featured on the cover. The duo talked about music, their career, life style, passed and future projects, recordings and much more. One of the questions: "In 2012, Carles & Sofia piano duo celebrated 25 years together. After all this time, do you still learn one from each other?" . The magazine is available in Spain and you can also download it in pdf format.
11/12/2013: NEW VIDEO: SCHUBERT POLONAISE Op. 75 N. 2
Recorded in New York, at Steinway Hall, in the Henry Z Office, the video presents the Polonaise in B Flat Major, Op. 75 N. 2 by Franz Schubert.
PRESS - "MELÓMANO DE ORO" FOR JOHN CARMICHAEL´S CD
"Carles & Sofia Piano Duo perform John Carmichael" CD has been awarded another "Melómano de Oro": "A fresh sound, as if only one performer was playing, in a performance near perfection".
29/11/2013: BEETHOVEN PROJECT IN FUNDACIÓN JUAN MARCH
The prestigious Fundación Juan March has presented the cycle "Beethoven Symphonies in chamber ensemble arrangements". Carles & Sofia will perform the 3rd and 4th Symphonies in the arrangement for piano four hands.
PRESS - CARLES & SOFIA PIANO DUO ON RITMO
Spanish Ritmo Magazine interviewd Carles & Sofia in November, before their appearance in the Fundación Juan March, where they were going to play the 3rd and 4th Symphonies by Beethoven in arrangements for piano four hands. Among other things, they spoke about the uniqueness of performing this kind of repertoire in the four-handed version.
19/10/2013: CARLES & SOFIA MEET JAN LISIECKI
Jan Lisiecki performed in Girona, where Carles & Sofia were born and live. They attended the concert and got to talk to him after concert and discussed about music and projects.
PRESS - "GOLDEN RECORDINGS" CD GETS THE "MELÓMANO DE ORO"
"Overwhelming speech, dazzling sound, magnificent touch": The CD "Golden Recordings", released in commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of Carles & Sofia Piano Duo, has been awarded with the "Melómano de Oro". "A sensational journey from the pure classicism of the Central Europe to the most hot Caribbean and Latin rhythms". The CD was released under KNS Classical.
27/09/2013: NEW VIDEO ON CARMICHAEL´S "LULLABY FOR A SLEEPING DOLL"
Recorded in NY, Carles & Sofia have released a new video featuring John Carmichael´s Lullaby for a Sleeping Doll, one of the pieces of his famous "Puppet Show", included in the CD "Carles & Sofia perform John Carmichael".
19/06/13: CARLES & SOFIA PIANO DUO IN "GRIEG IN BERGEN FESTIVAL"
The Norwegian Dances by Edvard Grieg will be one of the pieces performed in the recital that Carles & Sofia piano duo will give in the Festival GRIEG in BERGEN. They will also include some Spanish Music in their recital.
02/04/2013: CARLES & SOFIA PIANO DUO IN A USA TOUR
Carles & Sofia piano duo will be on a USA tour this month of April. The tour will start in Manhattan, Kansas. They will also play and teach in Arlington, Fort Worth and Dallas (Texas) and they will finish the tour in New York.
14/03/2013 TVE2 DEDICATES A PROGRAM TO CARLES & SOFIA PIANO DUO
Carles & Sofia were the special guests of TVE2 program "Tinc una Idea". During the interview, they talked about music, life, love and business... They also play and teach some students.
23/01/2013: CARLES & SOFIA PIANO DUO IN MOSCOW: WORLD PREMIERE
Carles & Sofia piano duo will perform in Moscow, in the Art November Festival, in a part of The New Art Generation. They will premiere John Carmichael´s Hommages, four piano four hands.
22/11/2012: NEW CD GOLDEN RECORDINGS
In commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of Carles & Sofia piano duo, KNS classical has released a compilation CD with a selection of their best and favourites performances.