Christina and Michelle Naughton are an award-winning piano duo who have been described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "paired to perfection." Pianists since age 4 and performers of individual renown before they paired up at age 18, the identical twin Naughtons, now graduates of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, are blazing their paths together.
Twins are longstanding cornerstones of theatre and literature, farcically swapping identities or dramatically representing extremes of the personality spectrum. But in the real world, this extraordinary, singular sibling bond never fails to fascinate us. For pianists and twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton, that curious connection expresses itself in a musical symbiosis of worldwide distinction— ”paired to perfection” (Philadelphia Inquirer) as two players at two pianos who nevertheless speak in one beautiful voice.
Pianists since age 4 and performers of individual renown before they paired up at age 18, the Naughtons graduated from The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music. At the latter, each earned the prestigious Festorazzi Prize for piano performance. Highlights from recent seasons include performances presented by the New World Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic at Walt Disney Hall, The Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Grand Teton Music Festival. In addition to recitals throughout Europe and tours of Latin America and China, the sisters’ U.S. recital venues include the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater, the Historic Naumberg Bandshell in Central Park, Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Wharton Center.
Christina and Michelle are Steinway Artists who recently signed an exclusive contract with Warner Classics—which released their second album, Visions, in 2016. Hailed as “one of the most satisfying duo piano recordings in recent memory” (AllMusic), Visions was named “Editor’s Choice” in May 2016 by Gramophone magazine. Performing on two Steinways in the intimate Loeb Playhouse, Christina and Michelle Naughton combine charisma and conviction in a musical communion unlike any other.
7PM / STEW 206
Join WBAA Music Director & host of What’s New & Morning Classics, John Clare, for a discussion about the evening’s performance.