NICOLE CHAO AND BETH CHEN form a duo team that combines dazzling virtuosity and romantic lyricism
Duo Enharmonics is a classical piano duo formed by Nicole Chao and Beth Chen. Described as “exhilarating piano duettist” playing with “unanimity of feeling and technical mastery”, the duo has reached audiences far and wide with their dynamic performances both live and on social media.
Nicole and Beth both studied with Prof. Thomas Hecht at the New Zealand School of Music in the early 2000s. As students, the pair studied piano 4-hand playing and the collaboration ignited a passion to perform together. Although they pursued separate careers after graduating, the duo made a comeback in 2017 when Beth returned to New Zealand. As they reflected, “after more than a decade apart, our playing clicked instantly back together. We took on challenging works that were complicated musically in terms of unifying our sounds and hand choreography, requiring nimble moves to reach keys that were near out of reach. The sense of fun and joy was infectious.”
The duo has performed as a part of NZ School of Music and Chamber Music NZ concerts. They are active supporters of local charities, performing in benefit concerts each year to support churches, children’s hospital and communities in need. Their repertoire ranges from Bach to 21st-century contemporary music, including all major works and orchestral transcriptions. The duo has self produced and released several music videos of well-known classical four-hand piano music. The videos display the depth of their collaborative playing, showing choreography of their hands and technical showmanship. The duo is active on social media platforms appealing to the younger audiences with regular posts from behind-the-scenes.
In concerts, Duo Enharmonics delight in taking the audience on a ‘concert roller-coaster ride’. Their performance is an exquisite blend of harmonious sounds from the soothing to the thrilling. They are popular as performers and as one reviewer commented after the concert: “it was great fun. Let’s have more of this, let’s hear this talented pair again.”
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