Quattro Mani

Quattro Mani sample programs and repertoire

Quattro Mani Recordings on Bridge

The duo piano team Quattro Mani has had a distinguished history, consistently generating high praise from critics and audiences for their concerts and recordings. Formed in 1989, the duo quickly gained prominence, with pianists Susan Grace and Alice Rybak performing through the USA and Europe and issuing award-winning recordings for Bridge Records. In 2013, following Ms. Rybak's retirement from the concert stage, the young virtuoso Steven Beck joined forces with Susan Grace for concerto performances of one of Quattro Mani's signature pieces, Paul Lansky's "Shapeshifters" for two pianos and orchestra. Such was the chemistry of that occassion, Quattro Mani was immediately formed again. Quattro Mani's intense involvement with modern repertoire has led to dedications and collaborations with leading composers, including George Crumb, Joan Tower, Paul Lansky, Poul Ruders and Frederic Rzewski. Both Susan Grace and Steven Beck have earned recognition as soloists and chamber musicians and now come together to form one of the most dynamic piano duos before the concert-going public.

Upcoming performances:

January 19, 2016 - Colorado College
Paul Lansky: Textures
George Crumb: Celestial Mechanics

January 20, 2016 - Denver University
Paul Lansky: Textures

March 3, 2016 - Colorado College
Tod Machover: Re-Structures
Ofer Ben-Amots: Tango
(Tod Machover will be in attendance) 

March 25, 2016 - Bargemusic, Brooklyn, NY
George Crumb: Celestial Mechanics
Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Piano Four Hands
Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances
Robert Schumann: Bilder aus Osten, Op. 66
John Corigliano: Gazebo Dances 

Grammy nominated pianist Susan Grace has performed solo and chamber recitals and has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States, Europe, the former Soviet Union, Korea, India, and China. She has in addition, performed in numerous series and festivals, including the Aspekte Festival in Salzburg, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's new-music series Engine 408, Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., the Grand Teton Festival, the Cape Code Music Festival, Festival Mozaic, Music at Oxford, and the Helmsley Festival in England. She is a member of Quattro Mani, an internationally acclaimed two-piano ensemble that made its New York debut in January, 2001 in Carnegie Recital Hall to a sold-out hall. They were immediately re-engaged for four more seasons. In May, 2012 Quattro Mani performed Paul Lansky's concerto Shapeshifters with the Alabama Symphony in Carnegie Hall. The New York Times acknowledged the performance with "...the impressive duo, Quattro Mani..." The duo's special interest in twentieth and twenty-first century repertoire has led to collaborations with such composers as George Crumb, Joan Tower and Frederic Rzewski and to participation in contemporary music festivals throughout the USA and Europe.

Ms. Grace has recorded for Bridge Records, the Belgium National Radio, WFMT in Chicago, the Society of Composers, Wilson Audio, Klavier International and Klavier Music Productions. Her latest recording on the Bridge label of Stefan Wolpe's violin and piano music was listed in the London Sunday Times as one of the top ten Contemporary recordings of 2015. She was nominated for a Grammy in 2005 in the Best Small Ensemble Performance category.

Ms. Grace is Associate Chair, Artist-in-Residence and Senior Lecturer in Music at Colorado College and Music Director of the internationally renowned Colorado College Summer Music Festival which is in its 32nd season. In June of 2014, she was the recipient of the Spirit of the Springs Award, presented by Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach in in recognition of her work with the Summer Music Festival. She has been awarded the Christine S. Johnson Professorship in Music beginning in the fall of 2014. Susan Grace is a Steinway Artist.

Steven Beck has been described by the New York Times as "an eloquent and persuasive performer of contemporary works." He made his debut with the National Symphony Orchestra, and has been a soloist with the Odense Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Ensembles series, New Juilliard Ensemble, Sequitur, Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players, Virginia Symphony and was recently featured as soloist on the New York Philharmonic's "Symphonic Sondheim" concert. Mr. Beck has made festival appearances at the Aspen Music Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, the Greenwich Music Festival, the Monadnock Music Festival, the Woodstock Mozart Festival, and the Wellesley Composers' Conference. His annual performances of Bach's Goldberg Variations on Christmas Eve at the Barge have become a New York institution. 

Mr. Beck has worked with composers Elliott Carter, Henri Dutilleux, George Perle, George Crumb, Poul Ruders, Charles Wuorinen and Louis Karchin among others. Mr. Beck is a member of Quattro Mani, a piano duo specializing in contemporary music, as well as a member of the Knights, Talea, and Pleasure is the Law. His recordings are on the Albany, Bridge, Boston Records, Monument, Mulatta, and Annemarie Classics labels.