Sally Pinkas and Evan Hirsch at the Hop

Sally Pinkas and Evan Hirsch

The Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo
October 29, 2019

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

Irresistible dance rhythms by a beloved piano duo.

19/20 Hop Presents

Hop pianist in residence Sally Pinkas and her husband Evan Hirsch ply us with dance-based selections in this program of four-handed piano works. You'll hear the graceful and enigmatic 20th-century harmonies of Darius Milhaud's Scaramouche (1937) and Samuel Barber's Souvenirs (1951); glorious Latin American dances in William Bolcom's Recuerdos (1993); Joseph Horovitz's Concerto for Dancers, which depicts an accidental and ultimately romantic meetings of ballet and calypso dancers; and a suite of "three little dances," including Hirsch's own Sally's Waltz. 

Pinkas and Hirsch thought they were doing a one-off when they made their debut as duo in a 1994 Valentine's Day concert. Their audience's enthusiasm convinced the two, already married but pursuing separate careers, to continue their collaboration. They made their European debut at the Officina Musicale Scotese in Abruzzo, Italy, and have since performed widely in France, Bulgaria, Nigeria, China, Thailand, Russia and Israel. Hirsch and Pinkas were the only Americans invited to participate at the notable piano festivals of the St. Petersburg Conservatory (2001) and the Ho Chi Minh City Conservatory (2013). In 2015 they performed at the prestigious Cultural Center of the Philippines in Manila and presented masterclasses at the University of the Philippines and the University of Santo Tomas. They have performed most of the masterpieces for the genre as well as rarely heard works. The Duo has collaborated with and recorded the works of American composers Daniel Pinkham, Peter Child, Thomas Oboe Lee, Kui Dong and George Rochberg.

Access press kit (including photos) for the Hirsch-Pinkas Piano Duo.

“Absolutely superb in its execution … exhibiting a unanimity of ensemble rarely heard...”


The Philadelphia Intelligencer

"Superlatively well-played... exquisite performance."

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