Renowned Pianists Headed to OHIO International Piano Duet & Duo Competition

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Friday, November 16 through Saturday, November 17 will mark the second ever annual OHIO International Piano Duet and Duo Competition on Ohio University’s Athens campus. The competition draws in competition pianists from all over the world, celebrating the unique sounds of duet and duo pianos.

“The OHIO International Piano Duet & Duo Competition was founded in 2016 with the mission to promote the piano four hand and two piano literature and to celebrate the joy derived from its performance,” stated competition organizer Christopher Fisher. Fisher is also a professor of piano at Ohio University’s School of Music, and the director of the keyboard studies division. “Furthermore, we seek to recognize and mentor exceptional young pianists from around the world in their pursuit of artistic excellence.”

This year the competition features guest jurors Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung, two internationally recognized pianists famous for often playing together.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for our students and the community to engage with and learn from our guest artists and competition finalists,” stated Fisher. “In addition to the festival recital and competition performances, there will also be a public master class. We are particularly thrilled that six of the competition finalists are Ohio University current, alumni, or pre-collegiate students.”

On Friday, November 16 at 8 p.m., Bax and Chung will perform a recital in Glidden Recital Hall, which is free and open to the public.

“Mr. Bax and Ms. Chung are brilliant artists who have performed in many of the world’s most respected concert venues and with leading orchestras,” stated Fisher. “Their recital, which will feature works by Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky, Lutoslawski, and Piazzola, promises to be absolutely dazzling!”

Listen to WOUB’s interview with Alessio Bax, embedded above. For more information on the weekend’s events, visit