Karen Beres and Christopher Hahn, members of the CanAm Piano Duo, have been presenting innovative programs of duet and two-piano repertoire since 2002. They received the silver medal at the 2008 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition in Boston and a distinguished ranking at the 2009 IBLA Grand Prize competition in Ragusa, Italy. As avid proponents of contemporary music, Beres and Hahn perform a varied repertoire of new works and masterpieces of the 20th century. Karen Beres is on the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and Christopher Hahn serves on the faculty at the University of Montana. The program chosen for this recording includes a world premiere of David Maslanka’s This Is The World; Libby Larsen’s Gavel Patter based on American auctioneering patter and concludes with Lutoslawski’s Paganini Variations in an arrangement for two pianos with added percussion parts.
"...These players are impressive, and their work should interest all devotees of the piano four-hands genre."
Allen Gimbel - American Record Guide - January/February 2013