Debussy: En blanc et noir
Mozart: Sonata in D, K448
Lutosławski: Variations on a Theme of Paganini
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
Simon Crawford-Phillips and Philip Moore occupy a unique place amongst piano duos: they are established chamber musicians in their own right, with flourishing independent international careers; yet since 1995 have devoted several thousands of hours to this most exacting of disciplines, giving them extraordinary musical empathy. They met as students of Hamish Milne at the Royal Academy of Music, and during their time with him won 1st prize at the 1997 International Schubert Competition in the Czech Republic, 2nd prize at the 1998 Tokyo International Piano Duo Competition and the 1999 Royal Over-Seas League Rio Tinto Ensemble Prize, as well as many other prizes for piano solo. The Duo was selected for representation by Young Concert Artists Trust in London from 2001 to 2006, and their contribution to the profession was recognised through a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship in 2004.
They have performed at the major UK festivals and recently at venues including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), NDR Hanover, Barbican (with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields), The Royal Opera House, St John’s (Smith Square), Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and Glasgow’s City Halls. They have made frequent appearances as concerto artists and recitalists at the Southbank and Wigmore Hall and have performed in many European countries.
Regular performers on BBC Radio 3, they made their Proms debut in 2001 and have recorded on the Deux-Elles label to critical acclaim. Their latest disc, including Philip’s own arrangement of Stravinsky’s Firebird, was released in December 2006. In 2008, they gave the world première of Detlev Glanert’s Two Piano Concerto, co-commissioned by the Duo and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Martyn Brabbins. Highlights of the 2008/09 season included concerts in the UK and Italy and a live broadcast from LSO St Luke’s.
Philip Moore and Simon Crawford-Phillips are Steinway Artists and Associates of the Royal Academy of Music.