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Both accomplished musicians in their own right, world-renowned American cellist Wendy Warner and eminent Russian pianist Irina Nuzova, have earned critical acclaim for their riveting performances as the duo WarnerNuzova. The two performers’ contrasting cultures and traditions are at the core of the energy and insight of their interpretations. Warner and Nuzova first came together in 2005, out of a shared interest in performing canonical works which feature equal cello and piano parts, as well as commissioning unique arrangements and new music.

Classical Candor has written “it's almost as if one performer were playing both instruments, they are so attuned to one another's feeling and responses," while AllMusic has praised WarnerNuzova’s “technically spotless, extremely tight ensemble playing, ideal balance between the two instruments, and a real sense of a singular musical vision.” John Terauds of the Toronto Star has said "Warner's cello playing is a compelling mixture of iron and silk, while Nuzova's fingers sound like they're dancing lightly over the piano keys."

WarnerNuzova’s season highlights include its selection as “the ensemble of choice” for the showcase performance at the Chamber Music of America 2010 annual conference as well as the September 2010 release of the duo’s first CD, Russian Music for Cello & Piano, on the Cedille Records label. The album is a collection of Russian romantic works featuring Nikolai Miaskovsky’s sonata in A-minor, for the first time recorded by an American musician on American soil, as well as Rachmaninov’s Sonata in G minor. Lauded by Strings as an “elegant evocation of the Russian romantic soul,” the album debuted at #8 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Chart. Also this season WarnerNuzova plays the complete Beethoven sonata cycle in concert in Toronto, Boston and Washington D.C., and offers live radio broadcast performances among others on WFMT Chicago, American Public Media’s “Performance Today” and WGBH Boston.

WarnerNuzova’s mission is to perform and record the canonical works for cello and piano from the past and present, as well as commissioning unique arrangements and new music. Equal prominence of the instruments is a key consideration in the musicians’ choice of repertoire. Additionally, as homage to their respective backgrounds, the women favor Russian and American repertoire, exploring the commonalities and ‘dissonances’ between the two cultural heritages.
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