For this concert, the piano duo offer a program of Portuguese, Spanish and Argentinian music, entitled: “A Musical Journey from the Iberian Peninsula to Argentina – from Fado to Tango.”
This musical voyage starts and finishes with the most definite popular genres of the countries of Portugal and Argentina: Fado and Tango. During this journey we will visit the world of the Portuguese composers Eduardo Burnay, Armando José Fernandes, Cláudio Carneyro; the Spanish composer Manuel Infante; and the Argentinian composers Carlos Guastavino, Pablo Ziegler and Astor Piazzolla. Maurice Ravel, a French composer, appears on this program since his music is greatly influenced by Spanish music, mainly thanks to his mother, who was from the Basque region. CLICK HERE to view the evening’s program. Please join us!
Watch Cunha & Spanos perform “Muerte del Angel” by Astor Piazzolla at the Lied Center in Lawrence, Kansas on August 27, 2011:
Daniel Cunha is a pianist from Porto, Portugal. His studies include a Doctorate and Master’s degree in Piano Performance at the University of Kansas, where he studied with the renowned pianist and pedagogue Distinguished Professor Sequeira Costa, now retired. In his native country, Cunha obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance at Superior School of Music and Performing Arts (ESMAE), Porto, where he studied with Prof. Luís Filipe Sá. Cunha was a prizewinner at the XVI edition of the prestigious Vianna da Motta International Competition (2007). Daniel Cunha has a regular and multifaceted concert activity. He has been performing in prestigious venues and festivals in Europe and in the United States, in solo recitals, chamber music and concerti, many of them being broadcast by radio and television.
Cunha has recently made his debut at the National Opera Theatre of S. Carlos, in Lisbon, Portugal, where he performed Poulenc’s Two Piano Concerto with the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra (September 2013). Daniel Cunha has a piano duo with Evangelos Spanos since 2009. In April 2014 they will give a series of concerts in Kansas, California and Oklahoma. Cunha is a Piano Professor at the Music Academy of Espinho (Portugal).
Evangelos Spanos is a highly talented and educated international performer whose work crosses over geographical, stylistic and temporal boundaries. Conferred with a doctorate with honors by the University of Kansas (D.M.A. 2011), Spanos has dedicated his career to nurturing and advancing music through performance, creation, scholarly inquiry and pedagogy. He continuously performs, teaches and promotes a wide repertoire of classical music as well as piano music by Greek composers. His teacher and mentor, Sequeira Costa, a Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Kansas, has had a long, distinguished career as a concert performer on the World stage. Costa himself was a child prodigy and student of the surviving pupil of Franz Liszt, Jose Vianna Da Motta. Sequeira Costa later studied with the renowned Marguerite Long, Jacques Février and Edwin Fischer. Today, both Costa and Spanos continue in the tradition influenced by Liszt. Professor Dinos Mastroyiannis of Volos, Greece (student of Brazilian maestro Roberto Szidon, himself a pupil of Claudio Arrau) is another distinguished musician who is more than willing to lend Evangelos support in launching his career.
Born in Larissa, Greece, Spanos holds degrees from the University of Kansas (Doctorate of Musical Arts, Honors, 2011 and Master of Music 2005), the Music Conservatory of Volos, Greece (Piano Diploma, Highest Distinction, 2002) and Music Conservatory of Larissa, Greece (Degree in Music Harmony, 1998).
Here, Cunha & Spanos perform Manuel Infante’s “Gracia: El Vito” (from Danses Andalouses) at the Lied Center: