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 throughout 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 occasion, 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.
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 Cod Music Festival, Festival Mozaic, Music at Oxford, and the Helmsley Festival in England.
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. She was nominated for 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 just completed its 31st season. In June of 2014, she was the recipient of the Spirit of the Springs Awards, presented by Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach in recognition of her work with the Summer Music Festival. Colorado College awarded Ms. Grace 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 Ensemble 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 Elliot Carter, Henri Dutilleux, George Perle, George Crumb, Poul Ruders, Charles Wuorinen and Louis Karchin among others. In addition to Quattro Mani, he is 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.