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Renowned Pianists Karl and Margaret Kohn to Perform at Pomona College

The internationally renowned piano duo of Karl and Margaret Kohn, known for premiering contemporary music works, will present a concert of 20th century piano duos for two pianos at Pomona College’s Bridges Hall of Music on Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Kohn duo began their musical partnership six decades ago and since that time have concertized throughout North America, Europe and Japan, with performances broadcast on the BBC, Voice of America, and public radio powerhouse WGBH Boston as well as on radio in New York, Helsinki, Mexico City and London.

The Kohns have given numerous American premiere performances, including works by Boulez, Pousseur, Berio, and Ligeti, with publications from The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, Helsingin Sanomat, London Times and Manchester Guardian hailing them as “extra-ordinary duo-pianists,” “exquisite,” “furiously exciting,” “super virtuoso,” “graceful,” and “poetic.”

Margaret Kohn, born in Boston, began her musical training with Antoinette Doering, and worked later with Jesus Maria Sanroma and Jan Smeterlin. She graduated from Harvard where she had studied, as did her husband Karl, with Irving Fine, Walter Piston, Randall Thompson and Paul Hindemith. She teaches piano at Pomona College.

Karl Kohn, born in Vienna, was educated in New York and at Harvard. He was a Fulbright Research Scholar in Helsinki and has held fellowship grants from the Guggenheim, Howard and Mellon Foundations, as well as four fellowship-grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He’s taught on the faculty of the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood and is Professor of Music Emeritus at Pomona College. In addition to performing, he is an active composer, whose works are being performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Buffalo Philharmonic orchestras, the Oakland Symphony, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and on San Francisco Symphony’s Musica Viva series. Kohn served for two decades on the board of directors of the Monday Evening Concerts in Los Angeles.

Steve Reich – piano phase (1967)
Karl Kohn – Dream Pieces (1983)
Georgy Ligeti – Three Pieces (1976)
John Adams – Hallelujah Junction (1998)

Contact: Elizabeth Champion