Swiss Duo Pianists to perform at Ozarks

Release Date: 4/6/1999

Clarksville, Ark. --- Swiss pianists Ute Gareis and Klaus-Georg Pohl will give a duo-piano recital at University of the Ozarks at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 18.

The concert, which is free of admission and open to the public, will be held in Raymond Munger Chapel. Gareis and Pohl have performed as a duo in Germany, England, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy and the United States. Both born in Franconia, Germany, they started playing the piano when they were six. After their studies at the academies in Wurzburg and Cologne, they worked for three years with Peter Feuchtwanger in London, who taught them to transfer the art of bel canto to the piano. After performing as soloists and chamber musicians --- they both appeared at the first Bodsjo Chamber Music Festival in 1988 --- they decided in 1992 to continue as a piano duo. From the very beginning the critics emphasized the sonority and the total congruency of their playing, creating an atmosphere of excitement and joy. The influence of begonia Uriarte-Mrongovius in Munich and Karl-Ullich Schnabel in new York played a vital role in their development as a piano duo.     At the eighth International Piano Competition in Rome, they were awarded second place in the category of two pianos. In addition, the jury awarded them with the special prize "Nuove Carish" for the best interpretation of a piece of a modern Argentinean composer. In 1997 they were awarded the cultural prize of the city of Schweinfurt, Germany. They have lived in St. Gallen, Switzerland, since 1992.     Gareis and Pohl are also in residence at Ozarks on April 19 for a piano master class that addresses the problems pianists face with pain and tension. The class, scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, is open to the public and free of admission. To sign up for the class, interested pianists should contact Dr. Sharon Gorman at (501) 979-1343.