Ludmila Berlinskaia and Arthur Ancelle started concertizing as a piano duo in 2011. The ideal meeting of two great musicians that understand each other perfectly on stage as well as on every aspect of life made sparks fly, and the duo started a dazzling rise.
In France, they are invited to perform Salle Cortot, Salle Gaveau, at the Pianofolies festival in Le Touquet; in Switzerland, they are invited to the Sommets Musicaux de Gstaad and the Festival de Boswil for a world premiere of the entire Debussy and Ravel repertoire for four hands and two pianos. In Russia they perform in numerous festivals, such as the prestigious December Nights Festival in Moscow and in the biggest halls such as Saint Petersburg, Moscow and Nijni Novgorod Philharmonic Halls.
Over the next seasons, they are to perform with several orchestras in Europe, including the Saint Petersburg’s Philharmonic Orchestra.
They released a first album in 2012 devoted to Tchaikovsky (Saphir Productions) which received critical acclaim and several rewards, including a “5 Diapasons” distinction and “4 Stars” from BBC Music Magazine Their second recording, devoted to Prokofiev’s famous ballets, is the first release entirely produced by the famous Russian label Melodiya since the fall of USSR and the start of a new series of projects by this company.
They conquered their audience with the authenticity of their interpretation, a perfect concord on stage as well as with original and refined programs. Not only did they federate a loyal audience, they have created their own artistic environment, embodied in partnership with the air flight company Aigle Azur ; the duo is also supported by Yamaha artists services in Moscow and by Pianos Nebout in Paris, so that they can benefit the best instruments in all circumstances.
Furthermore, Ludmila Berlinskaïa and Arthur Ancelle are in charge of the artistic direction for a music festival, “La Clé des Portes” that takes place within the delightful surroundings of the Loire Valley.
“Honoured Artist of Russia”, Soloist of the Moscow Philharmonic, first prize winner at every international competition she participated in, Ludmila Berlinskaia played on the most prestigious stages in the world, including the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, the Barbican and the Royal Albert Hall in London, la Fenice in Venice, the Royal Academy of Brussels, the National Auditorium in Madrid, the City Hall of Hong Kong, St. Petersburg Philharmony and all major halls of Moscow, where she grew up.
She is regularly invited to prestigious festivals such as La Roque d’Anthéron, Colmar, Auvers sur Oise, Aix en Provence, Evian, Kuhmo, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Orlando, Stavanger, Portogruaro Festivals etc.
She is a highly sought-after chamber music performer. Her partners include Mstislav Rostropovich, Yuri Bashmet, Viktor Tretyakov, Alexander Knyazev, Paul Meyer, Gerard Causse, Ivry Gitlis, Gautier Capuçon, Jean-Jacques Kantorow Henry Demarquette, Alain Meunier, François-René Duchâble, and nearly a thousand concerts in quintet with the Borodin, Orlando, Fine Arts, Ardeo, Danel, St. Petersburg Quartets etc..
Raised among the Soviet cultural elite, her father being the cellist Valentin Berlinsky, founder of the legendary Borodin Quartet, Ludmila Berlinskaia brilliantly completed her studies at the Gnessine Institute and the Moscow Conservatory.
She especially enjoyed a unique environment in the midst of the greatest artists. Immersed since childhood in the music of Shostakovich, she is now considered one of its finest performers. She plays all over the world his entire chamber music repertoire with piano, including rare and unpublished works.
Above all, she was fortunate to be part of a close circle around the pianist Sviatoslav Richter. She had the privilege to play with him, to replace him for his own production of Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw and to benefit from his attentive guidance to her artistic freedom.
Ludmila Berlinskaia has recorded several albums of works by Rachmaninov, Glinka, Schnittke, Mendelssohn, Janacek, Strauss and Tchaikovsky with Virgin Classics and Saphir Productions.
Arthur Ancelle was the youngest student to attend the harmony class in the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris – Alfred Cortot at the age of seven.
Holder of an Artist Diploma from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, he won numerous international competitions in France, Russia, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Australia, which earned him to be invited to play in several of the greatest halls in the world, such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Philharmonic Halls of St. Petersburg and Moscow, Wigmore Hall, Salle Cortot and Salle Gaveau in Paris.
He received special awards for his interpretations of contemporary works and enjoys exporting French contemporary music on four continents (Dutilleux, Mantovani, Hersant…) or bringing American contemporary music to the French public (Corigliano, Rzewski, Currier).
Arthur Ancelle gained special recognition for his talent as a transcriber, with remarked transcriptions of Dukas’ Sorcerer’s Apprentice for solo piano, or Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini for two pianos. The latter, recorded with Saphir Productions, was also published by Jurgenson Editions in the main collection of Tchaikovsky’s works.
More recently, he conceived an original Suite for two pianos from the ballet Roméo & Juliette by Prokofiev, published by the Editions Le Chant du Monde in 2013 and recorded by the duo.
Photographer: Felix Broede