Duo Azul, made up of American pianist Amy E. Gustafson and Korean pianist Hyeyoung Song, will offer a concert entitled “Journey through the Spiritual Realm” at Erskine College Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The program will include works by Bach, Saint-Saens, Gounod, Liszt, and Rubinstein.
Duo Azul’s performances feature the four-hand and two-hand piano repertoire. Gustafson and Song met in Austin, Texas while both were completing doctoral degrees at the University of Texas. The Duo’s first performances were in 2010 in Texas, and they have performed together frequently ever since.
Amy Gustafson is the daughter of Erskine President Dr. Robert Gustafson and his wife Marjorie Graham Gustafson. She studied at the Manhattan School of Music, New York University, and the University of Texas at Austin, and has performed across the United States and Europe. She has won numerous awards, including second prize in the International Young Artists Piano Competition. In addition to her performing career, she serves as teaching artist at Bloomingdale School of Music in New York City, executive director of the Gijón International Piano Festival, and vice president and treasurer of the Spanish American Music Council.
Hyeyoung Song has performed extensively throughout the States and Korea. She has won the top prizes in competitions including the Janice K. Hodges Contemporary Piano Competition, the International Chopin Piano Competition in Corpus Christi, Texas, the Sydney Wright Accompanying Competition, and the Ewha University Concerto Competition. The recipient of a Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas at Austin, she has been invited to present recitals and master classes at many universities and music festivals. She serves as artist in residence at Weatherford College in Texas.
For more information on Duo Azul, please visit www.duoazul.com.