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LISZTS | Classical Music's Sisters

By Jennifer Liu on August 6, 2017

The Ahn Trio

Ahn Trio (Photo courtesy of the artists)
Ahn Trio (Photo courtesy of the artists)

Maria (cello), Lucia (piano), and Angella (violin) Ahn make up the Korean-American trio, which specialises in 21st-century classical music.


Khatia and Gvantsa Buniatishvili

Khatia and Gvantsa Buniatishvili (from @BuniatishviliKh)
Khatia and Gvantsa Buniatishvili (from @BuniatishviliKh)

Toronto audiences have been treated in recent years to performances by Khatia, but did you know that she also gives duo piano performances with her older sister Gvantsa? Khatia will appear once again this upcoming season at Koerner Hall.


Nadia and Lili Boulanger

Nadia and Lili Boulanger in 1913 (Photo courtesy Bibliothèque nationale de France)
Nadia and Lili Boulanger in 1913 (Photo courtesy Bibliothèque nationale de France)

Pioneers for female composers in early 20th-century Paris, Lili passed away from Crohn’s Disease at age 24. Nadia went on to become a renowned composition teacher until her death at age 92.


Annie and Cissy Zhou

Annie and Cissy Zhou (Photo courtesy of the artists)
Annie and Cissy Zhou (Photo courtesy of the artists)

Annie represented Canada at the 17th International Chopin Competition. She credits older sister Cissy as being a big influence on her playing, especially as a youngster when she would overhear Cissy practising piano.


Katia and Marielle Labèque

Katia and Marielle Labèque (Photo: Brigitte Lacombe)
Katia and Marielle Labèque (Photo: Brigitte Lacombe)

The French sisters perform on the world’s most prestigious stages with the who’s who in classical music, and have many collaborations to their credit with the world’s foremost composers. Katia is also an accomplished pianoforte player. The duo will also appear in the upcoming Koerner Hall season.


Michelle and Christina Naughton

Christina and Michelle Naughton (Photo courtesy of the artists)
Christina and Michelle Naughton (Photo courtesy of the artists)

Well-acquainted with concert halls across America as well as on other continents, the Naughton sisters are based out of New York City, and perform together in duo piano recitals as well as with orchestra.


Desirae, Deondra, and Melody Brown (of The 5 Browns)

The 5 Browns (Photo: Andrew Southam)
The 5 Browns (Photo: Andrew Southam)

Desirae, Deondra, and Melody are the female members of The 5 Browns, a quintet of American pianists trained at Juilliard.


 Naomi and Talisa Blackman

Naomi Blackman (Photo: Jason Krygier-Baum)
Naomi Blackman (Photo: Jason Krygier-Baum)
Talisa Blackman (Photo: Bo Huang)
Talisa Blackman (Photo: Bo Huang)

The Toronto sisters created ClassyAF to bring chamber music to bars: Naomi is the series director, while Talisa handles the artistic side and also performs in the series.

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Jennifer Liu

Jennifer Liu

Jennifer holds a master's degree in piano performance and is pursuing her degree in journalism at Carleton University. Previously, she lived for classical music in Toronto and Montreal.
Jennifer Liu
Jennifer Liu

Jennifer Liu

Jennifer holds a master's degree in piano performance and is pursuing her degree in journalism at Carleton University. Previously, she lived for classical music in Toronto and Montreal.
Jennifer Liu

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