for Two" - is the first CD of the accordion duo from
Saint-Petersburg - Alexander Shirunov and Nadia Guseva. The
duo was formed in 2003 while both musicians were students
at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatory of Music in Saint-Petersburg,
studying with Professor Alezander Dmitriev, an Honored Artist
of Russia. Each of them has gained international recognition
as a soloist, by winning the highest prizes at several prestigious
International competitions such as "Citta di Castelfidardo"
and "Citta di Lanciano" (Italy), "Coupe Mondiale"
(Denmark, Great Britain, Portugal), "V.I.P. World Accordion
Show" (France), "Primus Ikaalinen" (Finland),
to be reconized as a professional ensemble, Alexander and
Nadia took part in two International competitions: 'Voices
of Spring' (Moscow, 2005) and 'Citta di Castelfidardo' (Italy,
2006), - winning First Prize at both. With each artist having
such an outstanding musical personality, it is no wonder that
their brilliant and expressive ensemble playing immediately
captivated the audience, while receiving the highest marks
from accordion professionals.
duo of accordionsts engage in an intensive concert schedule
both in Russia and abroad, where they perform at various International
musc festivals. The worlds's top German based accordion magazine
'Intermusik' wrote: "Alexander Shirunov and Nadia Guseva
becamenstant favorites of the public thanks to their unrepeatable
performances that earned them highly positive critical acclaim."
(reported after their concerts in Vilnius, Lithuanian). 'Colourful
sound', 'orchestral dynamics', 'precise rhythm, masterfully
expressed in unison playing' - are some of the comments that
can be found in reviews by German, Lithuanian, and Norwegian
a diverse repertoire ranging from classics to jazz to contemporary,
the two musicians continually seek to widen their repertoire,
enabling them to expand and broaden their rich creative potential.
The program fo "Solo for Two" is the result of srupulous
and profound workin striving for a perfect sound while achieving
full comprehension of a composers's intent. The chosen repertoire
highlights the versatility of each artist's technical and
creative skills. With the exquisite refinement of the smallest
details, their interpretatios offer a new sense to well-known
compositions, while highlighting a wide dimension of musical
as one and a duo becomes a "Solo for Two".