A profile of piano duo Christine and Michelle Naughton, winners of a 2019 Avery Fisher Career Grant Award.

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> GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO NYC ARTS.

WE'RE IN THE WNET STUDIOS AT THE LINCOLN CENTER.

THE CEREMONY FOR THE AVERY FISHER CAREER GRANT AWARDS TOOK PLACE LAST MARCH AND THE PERFORMANCE SPACE AND THESE INDIVIDUAL GRANTS OF $25,000 GAVE PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE AND RECOGNITION TALENTED INSTRUMENTALISTS WHO HAVE GREAT POTENTIAL FOR SOLO CAREERS.

THERE WERE FOUR RECIPIENTS.

THE JACK QUARTET.

♪ PIANIST HENRY CRAMER.

♪ VIOLINIST ANGELA YOU AND KRISTINA AND MICHELLE NORTON.

♪ ONE OF MOST ACCLAIMED PIANO DUOS PERFORMING TO DAY, SIB SIBLINGS ARE THE FIRST TO RECEIVE A GRANT.

THEY HAVE ALWAYS STUDIED PIANO TOGETHER.

THEY BOTH ATTENDED THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL OF ART WITH A WIDE-RANGING REPERTOIRE, THEY PERFORM AT FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD.

PIANO PLAYING AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION.

IT'S ACTUALLY VERY INTENSE VERSION OF CHAMBER MUSIC I ALMOST SAY.

THE CHAMBER MUSIC ASPECT IS VERY INTENSE.

WE'RE SHARING THE INSTRUMENT.

YOU FORGET THINKING ABOUT THIS IS MY PART AND HER PART AND IT BECOMES ONE AND BECOMES VERY CONVERSATIONAL AS WELL.

SO LIKE THE JOY AND THE FUN IN THAT CONVERSATION IS WHAT WE KIND OF HOPE TO BRING.

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I ALSO FOUND THERE IS ALSO MANY REALLY GREAT FOREHAND PIECES THAT WERE ORIGINALLY WRITTEN FOR FOUR HANDS THAT WERE MEANT TO BE PLAYED WITH A COMPOSER SIB LING.

SO THAT'S A REALLY SPECIAL FEELING.

WE UNDERSTAND EVERYTHING, LIKE, WE HAVE -- WE DON'T EVEN MAKE UP A CODE BUT WE KIND OF HAVE CODE WORDS WE KNOW EACH OTHER IS PLAYING SUPER WELL.

WE HAD ALL SAME TEACHERS.

WE CAN SAY A WORD AND WE'LL KNOW.

TO US, AVERY FISHER REPRESENTS EXCELLENCE IN CLASSICAL MUSIC.

SO TO RECEIVE THE AVERY FISHER CAREER GRANT IS A REAL HONOR.

WE HOPE TO EXPLORE MORE ADD DEVELOP TOURS WITH AMERICAN COMPOSERS AND CREATE NEW WORKS AND VERY GRATEFUL THE GRANT ALLOWS US TO DO THIS.

FOR THIS PARTICULAR PROGRAM, WE DECIDE TO FEATURE PIECE THAT'S I THINK REALLY KIND OF SHOWCASE WHAT IS UNIQUE AND SPECIAL AS A NUANCE AS FOUR HAND PLAYING.

THIS IS FOR FOUR HANDS.

THREE VERY SHORT MOVEMENT WORK.

THE PRELUDE BEGINS IN THIS VERY PLAYFUL AND ALMOST TEASING MANNER.

BUT THEN THE OTHER PIANIST RESPONDS IN A WAY THAT IS NOT REALLY WHAT YOU EXPECT.

BOTH SIDES OF THE KEYBOARD WITH THE REMARKS AND THE CORDS.

♪ AND THEN IT MOVES INTO THIS SONG LIKE SECTION.

THAT UNRAVELED AND KIND OF MOVES YOU RIGHT BACK INTO THE LOCOMOTIVE SECTION.

SO IT'S KIND OF A VERY CONDENSE ABA FORM.

♪ FOUR HAND, IT REALLY EMBODIES WHAT IS SO SPECIAL ABOUT FOUR HAND PIANO PLAYING.

THERE IS SO MUCH DIALOGUE.

THERE'S JUST SPONTANEOUS REACTING TO EACH OTHER AND IT'S FULL OF LIFE AND SO MUCH FUN.

IT IS SUCH A WITTY MAN.

I THINK THAT KIND OF COMES ACROSS IN HIS MUSIC.

SO THE SECOND MOVEMENT IS KIND OF PASTEUR LIKE COUNTRYSIDE FEEL.

KIND OF GIVES US THIS CALM AND RELAXED AND VERY SOOTHING.

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THE FINALE IS REALLY FUN.

IT'S VERY LIVELY AND FOLK LIKE WHICH KIND OF EVOKED OTHER COMPOSERS.

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> NANTO IS FAMOUS FOR WRITING FOR PLAYER PIANO.

SO WE ARE NOT MACHINES, SO IT'S REALLY LIKE A FUN CHALLENGE TO TRY TO DO THAT.

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> HE INCORPORATES A LOT OF INFLUENCES INTO HIS WORK.

ESPECIALLY THE SECOND MOVEMENT, THERE IS A LOT OF BLUES AND THAT WHOLE JAZZY SMOKEY ATMOSPHERE.

AND I WILL JUST SAY THAT A LOT OF FUN AND FEAR HAS GONE INTO THIS PERFORMANCE.