Tsuyuki & Rosenboom are highly celebrated as one of the most exciting Piano Duos of their generation. The international press praises the “lavish sound colours” of the Duo, and raves about the magic of their playing. The Magazine “Piano News” recently described their Debut CD with works by Franz Liszt as “Phenomenal”. Concerts have taken Tsuyuki & Rosenboom to the music centres of Europe, the USA and Asia. The japanese-german Duo with main residence in Hanover/Germany was established in 2009. Their interpretations are especially characterized by a deeply spirited playing and a unique and colorful tone.
Chie Tsuyuki and Michael Rosenboom got to know each other while studying at the academy for music, theatre and media in Hanover. The Duo studied at the College of music, theatre and media Hanover in the soloist class of Prof. Bernd Goetzke, who is regarded as the last pupil of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
2010, after winning the first prize and the Kawai award at the “International Piano Duo Competition Tokyo”, the Duo was invited to play concerts in the largest concert series of Germany (Weltklassik am Klavier) and they also started their international concert activities. 2011 they were invited to play a recital at St.Martin-in-the-Fields in London. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the radio series NDR Kultur “START – Young artists Live” the duo was presented to a wide audience in Germany. 2012 the classical music radio station of Chicago WFMT broadcasted a recital program of the Duo. Also in Germany the Duo performed with great success the Concert for two pianos by Poulenc with the GSO Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Christoph-Mathias Mueller. Soon afterwards, they performed Saint-Saens’ “Le carnaval des animaux” (the carnival of the animals ) together with the german actor Christian Quadflieg.
Tsuyuki & Rosenboom have been granted numerous awards at international competitions and festivals. 2013 the Duo won the first prize at the “International Music Competition Pietro Argento” in Italy, 2014 the first prize as well as the Grieg special award at the International Competition for Piano Duos “Grieg à deux” in Oslo, Norway. Among other, they were also Prizewinner of the London International Music Competition, International Piano Duo Competition Tokyo, International Chicago “Liszt 200” Piano Duo Competition. The Duo cooperated with different radio stations in Germany and the USA.
Although both musicians uphold the extensive standard repertoire of the genre, their concert programmes meanwhile also include largely unknown treasures of the repertoire and first performances of contemporary composers. In addition, Tsuyuki & Rosenboom transcribe works from different epochs and genres for their instrumentation. In 2014 the transcriptions of the duo caused a sensation in Germany: “spectacular sounds emanated from the soundboard” and “an acoustically and visually extraordinary event” were some of the comments you could read in the press. 2015 they were enthusiastically celebrated as guest artists at the “Chicago Duo Piano Festival” in the USA where they presented a recital including their own transcription of Liszt’s “Totentanz”. Last year, the cultural TV Channel Allegro HD broadcasted a compilation of the Duo´s performances in their evening program and gave a huge audience a deep insight into the artistic work of the Duo.
"Even if our Duo was established in Hanover 2009, at this point we would like to tell a bit about the prehistory leading to this occasion.
In our childhood and youth we lived above 9000 km away from each other, Chie in Japan and Michael in Germany. However, we developed a passion for music through the piano in a very similar way. Although we are both from families of non-musicians, we discovered the music as an universal language, in which we were able to communicate much more differentiated than by our real mother language. Both of us started very soon to express our impressions also through own compositions and we were gravitated to the sound of the same composers.
When Chie came to Germany for studies, we got to know - and later we also got to love each other at a piano masterclass. This first encounter was already characterised by an exceptional familiarity as we felt a strong connection between us. We communicated as if we had known each other for a long time. Nevertheless, by no means it was a matter of course for us to establish a piano duo, because each of us appreciates the individuality of the other and we absolutely did not want to restrict our individual artistic developments. So at first we played together as a duo only occationally. With increasing enthusiasm, we walked on the path to find common interpretation through the exchanging of thoughts. Unstoppably, the desire to live as a piano duo grew up in us.
Therefore, since then together we went on journeys into the music- and with the music, we reflected our impressions and thoughts with musical dialogue. In various places of many countries we could experience the expressiveness of the all- embracing language we have dedicated ourselves to and that brought us together.
In the depth of our heart, we keep many companions in addition to a lot of composers that we admire. On the one hand, all our fantastic teachers who allowed us to get insight into the various world of creative expressions and promoted us tirelessly. On the other Hand, all of our friends, who shares the love for art with us and who understand and inspire us."