Pianists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century with their adrenalized performances, original compositions, and notorious music videos. Described as “the most dynamic duo of this generation” (San Francisco Classical Voice), “rock stars of the classical music world” (Miami Herald), and “the very model of complete 21st-century musicians” (The Washington Post), the Anderson & Roe Piano Duo aims to make classical music a relevant and powerful force around the world.
Their albums on the Steinway Label (When Words Fade, An Amadeus Affair, and The Art of Bach) were all released to critical acclaim and have spent dozens of weeks at the top of the Billboard Classical Charts, while their Emmy-nominated, self-produced music videos have been viewed by millions on YouTube and at international film festivals.
During our 2019-2020 season curated by the renowned Marc-André Hamelin, the duo will perform on SAT / MAR 14 and SUN / MAR 15. In their traditional style, Anderson & Roe will perform classical mainstays and modern pieces in a well-curated program to showcase the musical influences in all genres.
On SAT / MAR 14, the duo will start with traditional Brahms then transition into John Williams’ Star Wars Fantasy No. II and Radiohead’s “Paranoid Android”. They also will perform their original Hallelujah Variations (Variations on a Theme by Leonard Cohen), and end the night with Lennon / McCartney’s “Let It Be”.
On SUN / MAR 15, Anderson & Roe will start with a few more traditional classical pieces, with Brahms, Ravel, and Stravinsky. Additional works will be announced at a later date.
Subscriptions for the 2019-2020 season are now available. Single tickets go on sale on THR / AUG 1.
About Anderson & Roe
Anderson & Roe met in 2000 as freshmen at The Juilliard School and formed their dynamic musical partnership shortly thereafter. They have since toured extensively, with notable recitals in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Estonia, Israel, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and most major US cities, as well as in nearly every New York City venue imaginable, from Carnegie Hall to children’s hospitals. They have appeared at the Gilmore and Gina Bachauer International Piano Festivals, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Cliburn Concert Series, and dozens of summer chamber music festivals. Anderson & Roe’s concerto engagements include performances with the orchestras of San Francisco, Vancouver, Rochester, Liverpool, Calgary, Hartford, Boulder, Chautauqua, Waco, and Winnipeg, among others, and with members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In 2015, Anderson & Roe premiered Brahms’ Double Concerto in their arrangement for two pianos and orchestra with the Performance Santa Fe Symphony. The duo’s exploits have captured the attention of such media outlets as MTV’s Total Request Live, NPR’s All Things Considered and From the Top, APM’s Performance Today, PBS’ Texas Music Cafe, and BBC’s In Tune, as well as Gramophone, Clavier Companion, Listen, and Pianist magazines, and the Huffington Post. They are profiled in Nick Romeo’s book, Driven. In recognition of their singular vision for the advancement of classical music, they have been invited to present at numerous international leader symposiums, including (Entertainment Gathering), the Imagine Solutions Conference, Chicago Ideas Week, and Mexico’s Ciudad de las Ideas. Their scores are published by Alfred Music on the “Anderson & Roe Duos & Duets Series” and by Awkward Fermata Press.
Anderson & Roe left an indelible impression at The Juilliard School, where they both earned their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. A live performance by Anderson & Roe was handpicked to appear on the Sounds of Juilliard CD celebrating the school’s centenary. In 2006, given only two months to compose and prepare, they gave the world premiere of their own composition “Four Fantasies on Themes from Star Wars,” replacing John Williams on Juilliard’s “Cinema Serenades” concert in Alice Tully Hall. Additionally, the two directed the groundbreaking project “Life Between the Keys,” a performance project that celebrated the unique camaraderie of Juilliard’s 2004 piano class and chronicled its experience in an all-American program of piano music.
Anderson & Roe believe strongly in the communicative potential of music, and their performances, compositions, websites, videos, recordings, and writings all serve this mission, bringing joy to people around the world. As the Northwest Reverb recently stated, “[Anderson & Roe] swept the audience into a cheering mass of humanity, making a strong case that playing piano is the most fun thing that two people could ever do together.”
Greg Anderson & Elizabeth Joy Roe are Steinway Artists. Learn more about the duo on their website.
October 5 & 6, 2019: Marc-André Hamelin, Canadian
November 16 & 17, 2019: Inon Barnatan, Israeli
January 25 & 26, 2020: Dasol Kim, Korean (PDX Debut)
March 14 & 15, 2020: Anderson & Roe, American
May 2 & 3, 2020: Imogen Cooper, British (PDX Debut)
May 30 & 31, 2020: Jonathan Plowright, British (PDX Debut)