The Mahler Piano Duo consists of Pieter Dhoore and Laurent Beeckmans, two pianists having studied at the Royal Conservatorium in Brussels. They share a common interest in the symphonic repertoire and their aim is to give a new life to the many transcriptions and arrangements for 4 hands of the works written for the orchestra.
They are keen about the musical authenticity and demanding about the quality of the arrangements they are performing. The Mahler Piano Duo offers to its public a different approach of the big symphonic works through "black and white" versions more close to the spirit of the chamber music but exploring all the richness of the piano sounds.
The Mahler Piano Duo was formed in 1910 and took its name from the great Austrian composer that celebrated its 150th birthday, and whose symphonic transcriptions (made by Bruno Walter, Zemlinsky and Casella among others) form the core of their repertoire.
The Mahler Piano Duo performs mainly works from composers of the 19th and 20th centuries (Mahler, Richard Strauss, Borodin, Rimsky-Korsakov, Grieg, Debussy, Ravel, Stravinsky...), and besides its out-of-the-beaten-track repertoire, it performs of course also the original works written for piano duet and 2 pianos.