pianoforte, Lidija Bizjak
Lidija and Sanja Bizjak studied in Belgrade before joining Jacques Rouvier’s class at the Paris Conservatoire several years later. After pursuing careers as soloists, they launched their duo career performing for the first time Mendelssohn’s Piano Double Concerto in 2002 with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. They won two special prizes at the ARD Munich Piano Duo Competition in 2005. Esteemed by the French audience, they performed at the Cité de la Musique, at the Musée d’Orsay, at the Salle Gaveau in Paris and also at the Palazzetto Bru Zane in Venice. They were invited to play at festivals such as La Roque d’Anthéron, Nohant, Sully, Auvers-sur-Oise, La Folle Journée in Nantes, in Tokyo and also at the Belgrade BEMUS festival. They regularly collaborate with orchestras, including performances with the Orchestre National de France, the Toulouse Orchestre National du Capitole, the Sinfonia Varsovia, the Pelléas Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de Picardie and many orchestras in Serbia. The highlights of Lidija and Sanja Bizjak’s career include their debut at the BBC Proms performing Le Carnaval des Animaux with the Britten Sinfonia at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and also their appearance in La Roque d’Anthéron in 2009 where they played Stravinsky’s Petrushka and the Rite of Spring. Their first album was dedicated to Stravinsky’s complete works for piano four hands was released in 2012 by the French label Mirare, distributed by Harmonia Mundi, and was highly praised by the critics. They also recorded two non-commercial CDs of piano duets: a live recital for the Radio France program Déclic and two recitals (Mozart, Schumann, Brahms) with the support of the Meyer Foundation and the Paris Conservatoire.