FALMOUTH, MA—Paratore Brothers, the celebrated piano duo, will perform at Highfield Hall & Gardens on Sunday, September 15, from 4:00-6:00 pm.
Whether performing on one piano or two, Anthony and Joseph Paratore are among today's foremost keyboard duos.
Born in Boston of Italian descent, the brothers come from a large, close-knit musical family. They studied at Boston University and Berklee College of Music. They were also students of famed pedagogue Rosina Lhevinne at the Juilliard School. They started out as soloists. However, when they began performing together, their careers took them on a fast trajectory to international fame.
They burst onto the international scene after winning First Prize in the Munich International Music Competition in 1974. After their European debut six months later, leading critic, Joachim Kaiser dubbed them the “Princes of the Piano.” And, when they replaced an ailing Leonard Bernstein at the Spoleto Festival USA, their careers exploded. The headlines declared “Horowitz Times Two.” New York Times critic Harold Schonberg gushed, “They have taken over the town.”
And so they did—every town for the next four decades. The Paratore Brothers have collaborated with jazz great Dave Brubeck and Sir Peter Ustinov. They’ve opened NBC’s Today Show and brought down the Tonight Show. They’ve hosted their own PBS special and appeared on NPR’s "All Things Considered" and "Performance Today." They’ve entertained the Presidents of Germany and Italy and the folks at the White House, too.
They’ve also done the impossible: premiered Alban Berg’s transcription of Arnold Schonberg’s Chamber Symphony, Op. 9 for one piano, four hands, long “considered too difficult” to play.
This isn’t their first performance at Highfield. They’re back by popular demand.
Tickets are $35 ($30 for Highfield members). Seating is limited. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit highfieldhall.org or call 508.495.1878. Highfield Hall & Gardens is located at 56 Highfield Drive in Falmouth.