NYC-ARTS

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NYC-ARTS Profile: Christina and Michelle Naughton

A profile of piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton, winners of a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant Award.

AIRED: February 20, 2020 | 0:11:00
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TRANSCRIPT

>>> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO

NYC ARTS.

WE'RE IN THE WNET STUDIOS AT THE

LINCOLN CENTER.

THE CEREMONY FOR THE AVERY

FISHER CAREER GRANT AWARDS TOOK

PLACE LAST MARCH AND THE

PERFORMANCE SPACE AND THESE

INDIVIDUAL GRANTS OF $25,000

GAVE PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE AND

RECOGNITION TALENTED

INSTRUMENTALISTS WHO HAVE GREAT

POTENTIAL FOR SOLO CAREERS.

THERE WERE FOUR RECIPIENTS.

THE JACK QUARTET.

PIANIST HENRY CRAMER.

VIOLINIST ANGELA YOU AND

KRISTINA AND MICHELLE NORTON.

ONE OF MOST ACCLAIMED PIANO DUOS

PERFORMING TO DAY, SIB SIBLINGS

ARE THE FIRST TO RECEIVE A

GRANT.

THEY HAVE ALWAYS STUDIED PIANO

TOGETHER.

THEY BOTH ATTENDED THE JUILLIARD

SCHOOL OF ART WITH A

WIDE-RANGING REPERTOIRE, THEY

PERFORM AT FESTIVALS AROUND THE

WORLD.

>> PIANO PLAYING AN INTIMATE

CONVERSATION.

IT'S ACTUALLY VERY INTENSE

VERSION OF CHAMBER MUSIC I

ALMOST SAY.

THE CHAMBER MUSIC ASPECT IS VERY

INTENSE.

WE'RE SHARING THE INSTRUMENT.

YOU FORGET THINKING ABOUT THIS

IS MY PART AND HER PART AND IT

BECOMES ONE AND BECOMES VERY

CONVERSATIONAL AS WELL.

SO LIKE THE JOY AND THE FUN IN

THAT CONVERSATION IS WHAT WE

KIND OF HOPE TO BRING.

.

>> I ALSO FOUND THERE IS ALSO

MANY REALLY GREAT FOREHAND

PIECES THAT WERE ORIGINALLY

WRITTEN FOR FOUR HANDS THAT WERE

MEANT TO BE PLAYED WITH A

COMPOSER SIB LING.

SO THAT'S A REALLY SPECIAL

FEELING.

WE UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING, LIKE,

WE HAVE -- WE DON'T EVEN MAKE UP

A CODE BUT WE KIND OF HAVE CODE

WORDS WE KNOW EACH OTHER IS

PLAYING SUPER WELL.

WE HAD ALL SAME TEACHERS.

WE CAN SAY A WORD AND WE'LL

KNOW.

TO US, AVERY FISHER REPRESENTS

EXCELLENCE IN CLASSICAL MUSIC.

SO TO RECEIVE THE AVERY FISHER

CAREER GRANT IS A REAL HONOR.

WE HOPE TO EXPLORE MORE ADD

DEVELOP TOURS WITH AMERICAN

COMPOSERS AND CREATE NEW WORKS

AND VERY GRATEFUL THE GRANT

ALLOWS US TO DO THIS.

FOR THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM, WE

DECIDE TO FEATURE PIECE THAT'S I

THINK REALLY KIND OF SHOWCASE

WHAT IS UNIQUE AND SPECIAL AS A

NUANCE AS FOUR HAND PLAYING.

THIS IS FOR FOUR HANDS.

THREE VERY SHORT MOVEMENT WORK.

THE PRELUDE BEGINS IN THIS VERY

PLAYFUL AND ALMOST TEASING

MANNER.

BUT THEN THE OTHER PIANIST

RESPONDS IN A WAY THAT IS NOT

REALLY WHAT YOU EXPECT.

BOTH SIDES OF THE KEYBOARD WITH

THE REMARKS AND THE CORDS.

AND THEN IT MOVES INTO THIS SONG

LIKE SECTION.

THAT UNRAVELED AND KIND OF MOVES

YOU RIGHT BACK INTO THE

LOCOMOTIVE SECTION.

SO IT'S KIND OF A VERY CONDENSE

ABA FORM.

FOUR HAND, IT REALLY EMBODIES

WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT FOUR

HAND PIANO PLAYING.

THERE IS SO MUCH DIALOGUE.

THERE'S JUST SPONTANEOUS

REACTING TO EACH OTHER AND IT'S

FULL OF LIFE AND SO MUCH FUN.

IT IS SUCH A WITTY MAN.

I THINK THAT KIND OF COMES

ACROSS IN HIS MUSIC.

>> SO THE SECOND MOVEMENT IS

KIND OF PASTEUR LIKE COUNTRYSIDE

FEEL.

KIND OF GIVES US THIS CALM AND

RELAXED AND VERY SOOTHING.

>> THE FINALE IS REALLY FUN.

IT'S VERY LIVELY AND FOLK LIKE

WHICH KIND OF EVOKED OTHER

COMPOSERS.

>>> NANTO IS FAMOUS FOR WRITING

FOR PLAYER PIANO.

SO WE ARE NOT MACHINES, SO IT'S

REALLY LIKE A FUN CHALLENGE TO

TRY TO DO THAT.

>>> HE INCORPORATES A LOT OF

INFLUENCES INTO HIS WORK.

ESPECIALLY THE SECOND MOVEMENT,

THERE IS A LOT OF BLUES AND THAT

WHOLE JAZZY SMOKEY ATMOSPHERE.

AND I WILL JUST SAY THAT A LOT

OF FUN AND FEAR HAS GONE INTO

THIS PERFORMANCE.

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