Known within the national and international music scene for their great communicative power and their consistently innovative and dynamic performances, Paola Biondi and Debora Brunialti are dedicated to spreading the beauty of music for piano duo.
From an early age, they showed particular interest in this type of ensemble. They studied at the “N. Paganini” Conservatory of Genoa with Lidia Arcuri, then improved themselves with Andrea Pestalozza and legendary figures of the piano duo: Alfons Kontarsky at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Katia Labèque at the Accademia Musicale di Siena Dario De Rosa and Maureen Jones at the Fiesole Music School.
They have performed throughout the world at some of the most renowned theaters such as the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome, the Cappella Paolina al Quirinale in Rome, the Carlo Felice Theater in Genoa, the Verdi Hall in Milan, the Sala del Conservatorio in Turin Politeama Theater of Palermo, the Chigiana Academy of Siena, the Rachmaninoff Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, the Sidney Conservatory Hall, the Colburn School of Los Angeles, the Rudolfinum Hall Theater of Prague and the Municipal Theater of Santiago de Chile.
They deepen and develop the repertoire for piano duo with incessant curiosity. Collaborating with various contemporary composers while becoming recipients of their works; including Francesco Antonioni, Aurelio Canonici, Azio Corghi, Michele Dall’Ongaro, Hugues Dufourt, Marcello Filotei, Carla Magnan, Carla Rebora and Giovanni Sollima. Hugues Dufourt composed “Soleil De Proie” for them and was premiered at the Palazzina Liberty in Milan. Azio Corghi wrote “It’s Bis” performed live by Euroradio from the Pauline Chapel in Rome for the Quirinale concerts.
They love to interact with theater, dance and poetry to create a synergy of the arts. With actor and director Sergio Bini, aka Bustric, they created “Cloud and Music”, “Varietè degli animali”, “The Magical Little Prince” and “Pinocchio “. With the musicologist Guido Barbieri, ”Un Nouveau Petit Train de Plaisir “ and also with the Balletto Teatro di Torino and the choreography of Yin Yue, “Jatekòk”. In the latest production “Il Ricordo Che Se Ne Ha”, inspired by the book by the journalist Mariza D’Anna, with music by Carla Magnan and Carla Rebora, with libretto by Guido Barbieri; and “Debussy and Ravel, Musica e Primo Novecento Storico” with the musicologist Enzo Restagno.
In the jazz field they are interpreters of Stefano Bollani and Uri Caine. ”Peintres Au Caffè Sonant” was born from the meeting with Giorgio Gaslini and performed at the Casa del Jazz in Rome and at the Thetis space for the Biennale of Art in Venice, within the exhibition dedicated to Joseph Beuys. Recently, Paolo Silvestri dedicated to them ” Anime Verde Speranza “, taken from the homonymous composition for large orchestra.
They recorded 20th century compositions for Dynamic, obtaining recognition from the most prestigious music magazines (Diapason, Le Monde De La Musique); for Amadeus they recorded the Concert For Two Pianos and Orchestra by F. Poulenc with the Italian Swiss Radio Orchestra conducted by Tito Ceccherini. In 2016 the CD “Between Earth and Heaven” by Continuo Records was published, with music by A. Canonici and subsequently released with Suonare News, in collaboration with Cidim, a CD with music by Mozart, Grieg, Debussy, Ravel, Gershwin.
With this last recording, the two artists wish to share with their audience through music a message of peace and searching for peace for present and future civilizations, emblematically expressed by the image reproduced on the cover of the CD, “Il Terzo Paradiso “by the artist Michelangelo Pistoletto.
In their artistic path there is always a deep attention to humanitarian projects. (3 A project). Both artists teach at the “N. Paganini” Conservatory of Genoa where they have also started a piano duo workshop.
… In the Biondi Brunialti duo, the understanding seems to be self-evident, almost innate. When you listen to Paola and Debora, you have the sensation of an artistically supreme result: that a single pianist is playing…
…The determination, very marked, the enthusiasm even contagious and the combination such as not to fear comparisons. It is appropriate to say that when, with respect for humility, a band achieves similar results, it is legitimate to speak of qualities and values that are not only musical, but also moral.
Dario De Rosa
As a composer, I was able to benefit from the artistic collaboration with the piano duo of Paola Biondi and Debora Brunialti.
I was fully satisfied with it.
Their interpretations, built on the principle of fidelity to the text, are compelling both from a technical and an emotional point of view. …A piano Duo that deserves attention and trust, not only for the unquestionable skill they have demonstrated so far, but for the constant effort made in extending and comparing the values of their interpretative process.
… I congratulate you on the choice of repertoire and on the wonderful performance.