Winner, Astral Artists’ 2014 National Auditions
“A piano duo that can charm even the most versed music lovers” (Gazeta Krakowska, Poland), the Varshavski-Shapiro Piano Duo is comprised of pianists Stanislava Varshavski and Diana Shapiro, who began playing together in 1998. Since then, they have gone on to capture the top prize at numerous national and international competitions, including the most prestigious competition for piano duos—the Murray Dranoff International Piano Competition in Miami. Madisonmagazine describes the Duo’s performances as “edge-of-your-seat stuff” and says, “the audience seemed mesmerized as one.”
A winner of Astral Artists’ 2012 National Auditions, the Varshavski-Shapiro Piano Duo also won First Prize at Italy’s XV Piano Competition “Rome 2004,” Jerusalem’s Kol HaMusica Young Artists Competition, the Israel Chamber Music Competition, the XIII Schubert Competition in the Czech Republic, Jerusalem’s Sharon Tabor-Fintz Competition, and the First International Piano Duo Competition in Bialystok, Poland, where they were also awarded two of the competition’s special prizes. Other prizes have included two recordings, as well as numerous concert tours throughout the world.
The Varshavski-Shapiro Piano Duo has participated in many international festivals and has performed recitals in such distinguished venues as the HKAPA Concert Hall in Hong Kong, Henry Crown Symphony Hall in Jerusalem, Teatro Valle in Rome, and Lincoln Theater in Miami. They have appeared with the Radio Orchestra in Munich, the Israel Chamber Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, and Miami’s New World Symphony, and have recorded for Bavarian Radio, Radio 4 of Hong Kong, and Israeli National Radio. The duo has recently given concerts in Missouri, Illinois, Georgia, and Wisconsin, where they performed Poulenc’s Concerto for Two Pianos with Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra.
The Duo has held residencies and presented master classes at numerous universities across the Midwest. They recently recorded a CD in collaboration with Wisconsin Public Radio; the performances were also broadcast live on WPR and recorded for a documentary film, presented on Wisconsin television. They have also been broadcast on New York’s WQXR.
Both Ms. Varshavski and Ms. Shapiro hold Bachelor and Master’s degrees from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where they studied with legendary Israeli duo Alexander Tamir–Bracha Eden. They continued their education under renowned American pianist Victor Rosenbaum, and in 2011 both pianists completed Doctoral degree studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Both also serve on the faculty of Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Updated: February 2015