“ Their (DUO Stephanie and Saar) wide ranging repertoire and intellectual curiosity is extraordinary” – Musical America
DUO Stephanie & Saar perform the complete Beethoven four-hand transcription of the quartet in B-Flat Major Op. 130 plus Beethoven's own transcription of the Grosse Fuge.
Pianists Stephanie Ho and Saar Ahuvia collaborate as DUO Stephanie and Saar in dazzling performances filled with visceral excitement, elegance and artistic vision.
Recent performances include their New York Lincoln Center debut with Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring; an opening night feature performance at Oregon Bach Festival; collaboration with Philadelphia’s Orchestra 2001 in a complete performance of Frank Zappa’s The Yellow Shark and Symphony Space’s Wall to Wall Bernstein, a marathon celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary. Their 2018-19 season included a multi-city tour that began with a sold-out concert at New York City’s (le) poisson rouge and continued to Tel Aviv’s Conservatory of Music, Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center and various venues in Zürich, Sacramento, Portland and Providence.
The duo’s 2017 recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Art of Fugue has garnered tremendous praise; Stephanie and Saar toured The Art of Fugue extensively with stops in Portland, Sacramento, Phoenix, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York, among others. Their recording of György Kurtág’s four hand transcription of Bach’s Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (God’s Time is the Very Best of Times) was featured on the soundtrack of the documentary film Red Trees. Beethoven Dialogues, their 2014 album featuring Beethoven Quartets Op. 18 Nos. 1, 4 and 6 in rarely heard four hand arrangements, was chosen as Album of the Week on New York Public Radio WQXR.
Stephanie and Saar are the artistic directors of Makrokosmos Project, a contemporary music festival in Portland, Oregon featuring American music and Oregon-based musicians. Highlights of the 2015 inaugural festival include standing-room performances of George Crumb’s complete Makrokosmos I & II and Celestial Mechanics. Oregon Arts Watch frankly states “It was one of 2015’s peak Oregon musical moments.” Makrokosmos Project has since presented the entirety of Crumb’s Makrokosmos I-IV and premiered works by Gerald Levinson, Branic Howard and Gregory Hutter.
Other peak performance include collaborations with New World Symphony’s Percussion Consort; multiple projects with Miami’s Dranoff Two Piano Foundation including the world premiere of Fantasia de Très Mundos by Cuban-American jazz pianist Martin Bejerano; Sarajevo Chamber Music Festival and Washington DC’s Smithsonian Museum of American Art.
While pursuing graduate studies at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Stephanie and Saar were inspired by Leon Fleisher to explore the Beethoven string quartets in a duo piano setting. The duo, who are married to each other, reside in New York City. Outdoor enthusiasts, they recently completed the 93-mile Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier.
.Tickets: $20 in advance/$23 at door/$10 full-time student with ID