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Gerwig & Gonzalez Piano Duo
Christine Gerwig and Efraín González Ruano met while they were studying at the legendary Mozarteum University in Salzburg and soon noticed that they complemented each other’s cultures perfectly. They began to perform as a piano duo while still studying under Alfons Kontarsky and Rolf Plagge. Their encounter with Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen in 2004 was a key influence on their career. Four years later, Gerwig and González were laureates at Oslo’s international piano duo competition (“Concours Grieg”) and won the prize for the best interpretation of works by Edward Grieg.
The Gerwig & González Duo has performed in concert halls and during festivals in Austria, Germany, Italy, Norway, Mexico, Switzerland and the USA. They were invited to play at the Klaviersommer Festival (Bonn), the Mozartwoche Festival (Salzburg), the French Church in Bern, the Teatro Degollado and the Festival Cultural de Mayo in Guadalajara (Mexico), in the Sala Felipe Villanueva in Toluca (Mexico), at the international piano festival “En Blanco y Negro” in Mexico City, and at the Redlands Bowl Summer Festival in California.
Christine Gerwig and Efraín González have performed with major Mexican orchestras, including the Orquesta del Estado de México and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco. They have also worked with the conductors Mario Mateus, Jörg Ritter, and Dorian Wilson, the singers Annika Boos, Martina Jankova, Daniel Ochoa, Ulrich Schütte, Bernhard Schneider, Alexandra Thomas, and Olivia Vermeulen, and the Bern Chamber Choir.
Christine Gerwig has been focusing on the Lied genre for several years, performing regularly with Lied singers. Moreover, she developed her own concert series that offers an unusual combination of music and literature.
Photos: © Lukasz Wolejko-Wolejszo