Piano sensations Arthur and Lucas Jussen will play Mozart on 15 and 20 November, 2022, with the Naples Philharmonic in Florida. The performances take place 3 PM.
Arthur and Lucas Jussen join the musicians of the Naples Philharmonic for Mozart’s Sonata for Two Pianos. Joyful, melodic and refined, Mozart’s one and only sonata written for two keyboards is filled with overlapping melodies and countless opportunities for the Jussen brothers’ virtuosic musical talent and precision to shine. The program also includes Beethoven’s capricious String Quartet No. 5 as well as Robert Schumann’s rarely performed Andante and Variations for horn, two cellos and two pianos.
‘It is like driving a pair of BMWs’, remarked conductor Michael Schønwandt, after directing the Dutch brothers Lucas (29) and Arthur Jussen (26). Despite their young age, they have been part of the international concert world for years and are praised by both press and audiences.
The Jussen brothers have performed with orchestras such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, Concertgebouworkest, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, as well as Dallas, Vancouver, Sydney and Shanghai Symphony Orchestras. They collaborated with conductors such as Stéphane Denève, Valery Gergiev, Sir Neville Marriner, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Jaap van Zweden.
Lucas and Arthur received their first piano lessons in their native town of Hilversum. It became clear quickly that they were great talents. As children, they were already invited to perform for the Dutch Queen Beatrix. First awards at competitions followed shortly. In 2005, the brothers studied in Portugal and Brazil for nearly a year at the invitation of Portuguese master pianist Maria João Pires. During the following years they took lessons from both Pires and two renowned Dutch teachers. Lucas completed his studies with Menahem Pressler in the US and Dmitri Bashkirov in Madrid. Arthur graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory where he studied with Jan Wijn.