The Gaqi Piano Duo will be featured in a concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 in the Clarion at Brazosport College. The concert is being sponsored by the Brazosport College Department of Muisc.
The Gaqi Piano Duo was formed by Albanian-born brothers Piro and Gjergji Gaqi with the goal of creating a musical bridge between Europe and North America by bringing audiences a varied repertoire that includes works of the diverse folk traditions of both continents. The Gaqi brothers' musical journey, that began in a musical family in Albania, has brought them to several European countries, the U.S. and Canada, where they have pursued active performing careers as soloists and chamber musicians.
Piro Gaqi completed his undergraduate and graduate studies in Piano Performance at the National University of Music in Bucharest (Romania). He completed a second Masters degree at the University of Montreal, studying Instrumental. Additionally, he has participated in residencies in Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and France, working with distinguished pedagogues such as Gérard Frémy, Béatrice Rauchs, Hans Vroomans and others.
He is currently pursuing his doctoral studies at the National University of Music in Bucharest, focusing on the piano chamber music of Southeast European composers. In addition to his performing career, Piro has taught piano and chamber music as a member of the faculties of the University of Arts in Tirana (Albania) and the State University of Tetovo (Macedonia).
Gjergji Gaqi's interest in chamber music flourished at the International School of Chamber Music, "Trio di Trieste," in Duino (Italy), where he studied piano and chamber music. He was a winner of the concerto competition at Colby College, in Waterville (Maine), graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Music major and Economics minor. He was the recipient of a Walgreen scholarship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he received his Master of Music degree and his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance. As a master class performer, he had the opportunity to work with internationally renowned artists such as Joseph Kalichstein, Joaquin Soriano, Radoslav Kvapil, Martin Katz, Enrico Elisi and others.
He currently teaches piano at Brazosport College, College of the Mainland and the Bay Area Theatre and Voice Academy, having previously taught at the University of Michigan and Siena Heights University.
The program includes classical works by Mozart and Schubert, combined with more dazzling show pieces, such as Gerswhin's Cuban Ouverture and several short dances, including an Albanian dance composed by their father, Thoma Gaqi.
The performance is free of charge and the community is welcome.