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Biography

The Ivory Duo is a two-piano team with Natalie Tsaldarakis and Panayotis Archontides. The duo, based in London UK, since 2005 has performed in such distinguished venues as Southbank, Fairfield Halls, Steinway Hall, St John's Smith Square, Blackheath Halls, Sibelius Academy (Helsinki), St-Martin-in-the-Fields.

Natalie has won many awards and prizes, including becoming member of the National Music Honor Society Pi Kappa Lambda (1994). Natalie holds two Masters' degrees, one in performance from the US, and recently one from the distinguished Royal Holloway of the University of London (performance studies, musicology). Natalie studied under distinguished pianists Dr. McHugh, James Tocco, Larissa Dedova, Elena Riu, and Martino Tirimo.

Panayotis, who is the arranger of a series of film music for piano four hands and for two pianos, is a graduate of the NSW Conservatorium of Music (E. Powell) and Trinity College of Music (London). He studied next to distinguished pianists Lev Vlassenko, Elena Riu, Douglas Finch, Martino Tirimo, and was mentored by Ian Pace. Panayotis is former Trinity College of Music Scholar (2006-2007), and was awarded the coveted Silver Medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians in 2007 for excellence.

The duo has collaborated with a number of composers worldwide including the up-and-coming British-American minimalist composer Lola Perrin. The pianists' numerous concert engagements have taken them to Australia, Greece, Italy, Finland, UK, and the US.

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