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Genova & Dimitrov

Genova & Dimitrov

piano duo

Aglika Genova, Liuben Dimitrov pianists

The story behind the Genova & Dimitrov piano duo sounds somewhat of a fairytale: «Shortly before leaving to Korea for a solo piano competition, there was only one available rehearsal room at the Hanover University of Music and it was with two pianos. We spontaneously decided to start to play a Chopin Etude in sync. It was as if we had been given wings!», remember Genova and Dimitrov.

Only few months later, at the end of 1995, the two young musicians caused a matchless sensation by winning the four great international piano duo competitions in Munich („ARD“), Miami („Dranoff“), Tokyo, and in Caltanissetta („Bellini“) within the following two years.

Since then, Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov are one of the most internationally sought-after piano duos. They have been celebrated both, by audiences and the press alike, performing on the most important concert and festival stages in several douzens of countries on all continents, such as the Library of Congress and the National Gallery in Washington, the Schleswig-Holstein, Rheingau, Ludwigsburg and Schwetzingen Festivals, the City Hall in Cape Town, the Herkulessaal Munich, the Liederhalle Stuttgart, the Gstaad Music Festival, and MDR Music Summer, at the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Beethovenhalle Bonn, the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, and the Passau European Music Weeks, as well as at the March Music Days Russe, the Varna Summer Festival, and the Sofia Music Weeks, the La Roque d’Antheron, the Al Bustan Music Festival Beirut, Casals Hall Tokyo, Poly Theatre Beijing, and Teatro Municipal Rio de Janeiro, at the Ravello Festival, the Woodstock Mozart Festival, the Festival Miami, and the Chopin Piano Festival Duszniki.

Under the direction of conductors like Charles Dutoit, Eiji Oue, Ari Rasilainen, Hannu Lintu, Stefan Blunier, Yuri Bashmet, John Carewe, Emil Tabakov, Alun Francis, Ulf Schirmer, Woiciech Rajski, Yordan Kamdzhalov, Robin Gritton, Radoslaw Szulc, Alexander Kalajdzic, Gabriel Feltz, Nayden Todorov, Alexander Rudin, Andreas Herrmann, and Johannes Schlaefli, Genova & Dimitrov have appeared with international leading orchestras and choirs.

Since 2009, Genova & Dimitrov have been appointed Heads of Piano Duo Studies at the Hanover University of Music, the same one which they graduated from in the postgraduate class of Vladimir Krainev.

They serve regularly as jurors of significant international competitions, such as the „ARD“ Music Competition in Munich, and were appointed Artistic Directors of the „Dranoff“ International Two Piano Competition in Miami. The Artists give master classes worldwide, both for piano solo and duo.

Aglika Genova and Liuben Dimitrov look back on an impressive discography – 15 CDs of the Duo have been released by «cpo» and «Gega New», and have been given constantly glowing reviews and awards by the international music media. Besides a number of world premiere recordings, such as Victor Babin’s Concerto, or the complete piano duo works of Dmitri Shostakovitch, Johann Christian Bach, Muzio Clementi, and Pantcho Vladigerov, also the Artists’ recordings with orchestra caused true sensation, such as the Concertos of Carl Czerny, Max Bruch, Bohuslav Martinu, Alfred Schnittke, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, Robert Casadesus, Felix Mendelssohn, and Bela Bartok. The albums with works by Gershwin, Copland, and Bernstein („America for Two“), Ravel („Favourite Flavors“), Arensky („Five Suites for Two Pianos“) or Liszt („Works for Two Pianos“) are enjoying great popularity in the music world.

In 2017, the Artists have been awarded the ECHO CLASSIC Prize and nominated for the “German Record Review Best Recordings List” for their CD «Bela Bartok & Victor Babin – Concertos for Two Pianos» («cpo»), as well as became Nominees of the 2019 OPUS CLASSIC Award for their CD «Carl Czerny & Max Bruch – Concertos for Piano Duo» («cpo»). In addition, the Duo has appeared in numerous international TV and Radio broadcasts. The portrayal TV documentary movie «Etude for Two Pianos» which has been produced and broadcasted by the BNT Bulgarian National Television in occasion of the 20th Birthday Anniversary, enjoys worldwide brisk interest.


For 2021, 700 years since Dante’s Death, Genova & Dimitrov piano duo presents Liszt “Dante” Symphony in the two pianos transcription made by the author, with Italian actress Monica Guerritore reading some cantos from The Divine Comedy and the projection of Gustave Doré’s Dantesque engravings:

Liszt “Dante” Symphony (two pianos transcription by the author)

Monica Guerritore actress

with the projection of Gustave Doré’s Dantesque engravings

Apart from this centennial program, Genova & Dimitrov has a terrifically wide repertoire.

Here you can find just a few proposals, both for piano four hands and for two pianos.


piano four hands:

“Mesmerizing Rachmaninov”

Rachmaninov The Rock, symphonic poem op. 7, transcription by Sergei Rachmaninov

Čaikovskij Sleeping Beauty, Suite op.66a, transcription by Sergei Rachmaninov

Arensky Valse – March – Romance – Scherzo – Lullaby – Polka, from 12 Pieces op. 66

Rachmaninov Six Morceaux  op. 11


Grieg Peer Gynt, Suite n. 1 op. 46

Schumann Bilder aus Osten (Pictures from the East) op. 66

Debussy Six Epigraphes antiques

Barber Souvenirs, Ballet Suite op. 28

2 pianos:

“Facing the Sky…”

Brahms Variations on a theme by Haydn op. 56b

Liszt Great Concert Piece on Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words S. 257

Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances op. 45

“C’est la vie”

Bizet Jeux d’enfants op. 22

Ravel Daphnis et Chloé, Suite n. 2

Saint-Saëns Variations on a Theme by Beethoven op. 35

Ravel La Valse, Poème chorégraphique

Genova & Dimitrov’s repertoire with orchestra is simply stunning:

2 pianos and symphony orchestra:

Babin Concerto n. 2

Bartók Concerto 1940

Berio Concerto

Britten Scottish Ballad op. 26

Bruch Concerto in A flat major op. 88a

Casadesus Concerto op. 17

Dussek Concerto in B flat major op. 63 n. 10

Gould Dance Variations

Krenek Concerto op. 127

Malipiero Sinfonia n. 5 (1947) / Concerto (1956), Dialoghi VII / Dialoghi (1957)

Martinu Concerto (1943)

Mendelssohn Concerto in E major / Concerto in A flat major

Milhaud Concerto (1941) / Suite op. 300

Mozart Concerto in E flat major K. 365 / Concerto in F major K. 242 (Mozart’s two pianos version of his Concerto for three pianos and orchestra)

Poulenc Concerto in D minor

Starer Concerto

Takemitsu Quotation of Dream

Vaughan Williams Concerto

Villa Lobos Chôro n. 8 (1925)

Zimmermann Dialogues “Hommage a Claude Debussy”

1 piano (four hands) and chamber orchestra:

Czerny Concerto in C major op. 153

Kozeluch Concerto in B flat major

Schnittke Concerto

2 pianos and chamber orchestra:

C.P.E. Bach Concerto in E flat major

Martin Danse de la peur

Martinu Concerto grosso

Mendelssohn Concerto in E major / Concerto in A flat major

Mozart Concerto in E flat major K. 365 / Concerto in F major K. 242 (Mozart’s two pianos version of his Concerto for three pianos and orchestra)

Saint-Saëns Carnival of the animals

1 piano (four hands) and string orchestra:

Arnold Concerto op. 32
Novak Concentus bijugis

2 pianos and string orchestra:

Bach Concerto in C minor BWV 1060 / Concerto in C major BWV 1061 / Concerto in C minor BWV 1062
Lipatti Sinfonia Concertante
Veress Hommage à Paul Klee

With Choir:

Brahms Liebeslieder-Walzer op. 52 (1 piano four hands) / Neue Liebeslieder-Walzer op. 65 (1 piano four hands) / Ein Deutsches Requiem op. 45 (1 piano four hands with soloists) / Orff Carmina Burana (2 pianos, Percussions and soloists) / Schumann Spanische Liebeslieder op. 138 (1 piano four hands)

2 pianos and misc. ensembles:

Babin Concerto da Camera n. 1, with string quartet / Concerto da Camera n. 2, with winds quintet / Concerto da Camera n. 3, with percussions
Bach Concerto in do minore BWV 1060, with string quartet / Concerto in do maggiore BWV 1061, with string quartet / Concerto in do minore BWV 1062, with string quartet
Bartók Sonata, with percussions
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from “West Side Story”, with percussions
Borodin Danze Polovesiane dal “Principe Igor”, with percussions
Copland El Salón México, with percussions
Gershwin Cuban Ouverture, with percussions
Kapustin Concerto op. 104, with percussions
Lipatti Sinfonia Concertante, with string quartet
Milhaud Concertino d’automne, for 2 pianos and 8 instruments
Ravel Bolero, with percussions / Daphnis and Chloe, Suite n. 1, with percussions
Saint-Saëns Carnival of the animals
Stravinskij La Sagra della Primavera, with percussions
Veress Hommage à Paul Klee, with string quartet
Zivkovic Die Arten des Wassers, with percussions

1 piano (four hands) and misc. ensembles:

Fétis Sestetto op. 5, with string quartet
Krenek “Fibonacci mobile”, Sestetto op. 187 with string quartet


Poulenc: Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra, Charles Dutoit conductor, Sofia 2018
Bruch: Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra op. 88a, Bonn 2015
Borodin-Babin: Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor, Miami 2015
Chopin: Rondo in C major for 2 pianos, Miami 2015
Rachmaninov: Scherzo op. 11 for piano four hands, Cologne 2019


Casadesus: Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra, I
Mendelssohn: Concerto in E major for 2 pianos and orchestra, I
Martinu: Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra, I