Photo by Carlin Ma.

This performance has been rescheduled for

March 27, 2022

Ravel’s La Valse, Schubert’s Rondo in A-Major, Bernstein’s Candide Overture, Sisask’s The Milky Way, Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture, and a world premiere by David Biedenbender

“…jaw-dropping awesome!”




“…electrifyingly out of this world”


Since joining forces as a professional duo in 2009, internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi – ZOFO – have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo, Japan with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. This GRAMMY- nominated, prize-winning Steinway Artist Ensemble – one of only a handful of duos worldwide devoted exclusively to piano duets – is blazing a bold new path for piano-four-hands groups by focusing on 20th and 21st century repertoire and by commissioning new works from noted composers each year.

ZOFO, which is shorthand for 20-finger orchestra (ZO=20 and FO=finger orchestra), also performs heart-pumping duet arrangements of famous orchestral pieces such as Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, exploring the realms in which many composers first experienced their symphonic visions. They believe that the piano duet is the most intimate form of chamber music, with two musicians playing individual parts on one instrument in a complex, often beautiful choreography of four hands.

Since its inception in 2009, ZOFO has made some remarkable achievements:

TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS: 2013 Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and Producer of the Year, Classical for their debut CD MIND MELD

FIRST PLACE: 2010 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition CARNEGIE HALL concert debut May 2010

FINALISTS: 2011 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition – only piano duo to be elevated to the final round

MULTI-DISC RECORDING CONTRACT with GRAMMY Award winning Sono Luminus Records

STEINWAY ARTIST ENSEMBLE designation conferred by Steinway & Sons

12 SELF-COMMISSIONED WORKS by noted composers including Pulitzer Prize winner William Bolcom, Gabriela Lena Frank and Terry Riley

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCES at a wide variety of concert venues across the US, Europe and Japan, including intimate, informal spaces, colleges and universities, and major concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Tokyo Opera Recital Hall and Tonhalle Zurich

BROADCAST MEDIA ATTENTION: featured multiple times on prominent radio programs such as American Public Media’s Performance Today, WFMT Chicago’s Impromptu, and KING Seattle’s Second Inversion, among many others.

ZOFO is based in San Francisco, California.

CMS-ICT 2021-22 Composer in Residence

Photo by Paul Dooley

Composer David Biedenbender has written music for the concert stage as well as for dance and multimedia collaborations, and his work is often influenced by his diverse musical experiences in rock and jazz bands as a bassist, in wind, jazz, and New Orleans-style brass bands as a euphonium, trombone, and tuba player, and by study of Indian Carnatic Music. His present creative interests include working with everyone from classically trained musicians to improvisers, acoustic chamber music to large ensembles, and interactive electronic interfaces to live brain data. He has had the privilege of collaborating with and being commissioned by many renowned performers and ensembles, including Alarm Will Sound, the PRISM Saxophone Quartet, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Stenhammar String Quartet, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Navy Band, Philharmonie Baden-Baden (Germany), VocalEssence, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble, among many others. He is currently Assistant Professor of Composition in the College of Music at Michigan State University, and he holds degrees in composition from the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University. He has also studied at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, the Aspen Music Festival, and in India where he studied carnatic music.

For more information, visit: http://www.davidbiedenbender.com.