The Duo Takemitsu was founded in 1993, while both musicians were studying at the Royal Academy of Music in Århus, Denmark, and has since given numerous recitals, and taken part in competitions and master classes in Denmark and abroad. Both musicians hold The Soloist Diploma from The Royal Academy of Music in Århus, Denmark, and have supplemented their studies abroad, mainly in the UK. Apart from playing concerts the duo is glad to play at private functions, receptions etc. The repertoire can be tailored to suit the occasion, and can cover the whole range of classical music from Baroque to 21st century.
The Duo has taken part in competitions in Denmark, Germany, Italy and France as well as several international master classes with Ileana Ruhemann, Julian Byzantine, Hubert Käppel and Dale Kavanagh. They have an increasingly busy concert schedule that has taken them to Britain, Estonia, Belgium, Italy and Germany as well as their native Denmark. The concerts have always been enthusiastically received by audiences and critics alike, and the Duo has an unspoken policy of trying to introduce new music to a broader audience. The programmes for each concert are very rarely completely alike; they always seek to gain improved insight into the huge repertoire for flute and guitar.
In October 1999 Marianne Leth had her debut concert in the Concert Hall Aarhus; on this occasion the Duo gave the first performance of Omveje (detours) written and dedicated to the Duo by the young Danish composer Peter Bruun. The concert was very well received by the critics, see below. The Duo's first CD, Toward The Sea (Classico, Classcd 319), was released on 4 February 2000 and contains works by Takemitsu, Godard, Francaix, Loeillet and Bruun (first recording of Omveje). On 26 February 2000 the Duo gave the first performance of a new work called Pulse Fiction by Bo Gunge, another young Danish composer. The piece was written for the Duo and performed at the inauguration of the new music hall at Testrup Højskole near Århus.
2001 was a busy year, with concerts in Belgium, Italy and Estonia (within the framework of the flute festival Flutish Kingdom) as well as in Denmark. The music for the second CD of the duo was recorded in August (to be released in the summer 2002), and two pieces written for the duo; “Light” written by Hans Henrik Nordstrøm (DK) and “Push” written by Björn Bolstad Skjelbred (N) were premiered on October 21st.
2002 has seen the release of the second CD “Rose” (Classico, Classcd 415) with a repertoire of light classical music. To promote the CD the duo played about 15 concerts in July and August in cafés, art museums and other cultural institutions around Denmark. In October the Duo gave a concert at the 2nd International Guitar Festival of Århus, premiering a new work called "Behind" by Lars Hegaard (DK).
The work "lys" by Danish composer Hans Henrik Nordstrøm was recorded in april 2003 and released in the summer on the CD "Hans Henrik Nordstrøm 4" (Classico Classcd 467). Later that month the Duo had its 10th anniversary concert, premiering the work "Song without a tongue?" by Carsten Bo Eriksen. The concert was repeated in Copenhagen in early may. Also the duo played at the Leicester Early Music Festival, to much critical acclaim, see the reviews section.
In 2004 the focus is on music from the nordic countries, but other works such as the Piazolla "History of the Tango" is often played as well. The work "Sommerfugle" by Michael Bønsdorf was premiered on april 29th.
The year 2005 featured many concerts with nordic music. New in the repertoire was the work "High light" by contemporary composer John Frandsen, who has proven very effective an popular with audiences. Also recordings begun for the duos third CD, to include nordic music based on- or inspired by folk melodies. Release date tba. The duo works hard at new pieces; a japanese/danish programme is on offer for the 2006 season which requires some preparation! A Takemitsu memorial concert to be staged in Aarhus and Copenhagen in February is also planned.
2006: In february we mark the 10 years since the death of Toru Takemitsu with two concerts in Århus and Copenhagen respectively. The programme is contemporary japanese music by Takemitsu, Noriko Hisada (world premier), Norio Fukushi and Tokuhide Niimi. The Copenhagen concert is attended by a delegation from the japanese embassy fronted by the ambassador himself. The concerts are recorded and released on CD in october on ClassicO, the title being "Toru Takemitsu in memoriam". Later the widow of mr Takemitsu recieves a copy of the CD, with the kind help of the embassy in Copenhagen. Also in october the CD "Nordic Tunes" is released, again on Classico, who contains works based on - or inspired by - nordic folk tunes. These two CD's will be the basis for our concert programmes in 2007.
2007: We are offering two different programmes this year, who are rooted
in our latest CD's. A Japanese/Danish programme with works from "Rose" and
"Toru Takemitsu in Memoriam", and a "folk tunes2 programme, who is an offspring
of the "Nordic Tunes" CD. We have decided to include works from all over
the world though, which brings extra variety to the concerts. We also do
custom programmes from time to time. We will be playing at the Annivesary
concert in "Ny Musik i Birkerød", premiering a piece by Anton Hansen.
This will be recorded by Danish national radio.