Critically acclaimed by the Daily Telegraph as "the classical world's best known guitar duo".
Critically acclaimed by the Daily Telegraph as "the classical world's best known guitar duo", Peter and Zoltán Katona effortlessly transfer from strictly classical into more popular musical genres. Their unusual style combines classical, flamenco and finger picking techniques with the energetic stage presence of lead guitarists.
The wide repertoire of the duo spans from Bach to Piazzolla's tango music and from pop, rock and jazz standards to their own compositions. They have travelled throughout the world enthusing audiences in New York, London, Tokyo, Moscow, Beijing, Vienna, Hong Kong and in 2009 they performed live to half a million people in arenas across Europe.
The twins have won over ten international prizes at major competitions in New York, London, Germany, France and Hungary. They were resident Artists of San Francisco Performances from 2007 - 2011.
The duo’s Perth Festival of the Arts programme will range from classical, popular and jazz, to film music and favourites by Spanish composers Albéniz and Manuel de Falla.
"The brilliant Katona Twins … Formidable virtuoso technique, their performances could hardly be bettered for charm, zest, wit and colouristic flair.” Daily Telegraph
M.C. Tedesco (1895 –1968): E major Prelude and Fugue (Well-Tempered Guitars Op. 199)
Isaac Albéniz (1860-1909) (arr. Katona):
Ennio Morricone (1928 - ): Themes from Once Upon a Time in the West
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990): West Side Story (Excerpts)
- I feel pretty
Peter Katona (1968- ): The Scandal (from the Karamazov Suite)
Django Reinhardt (1910 - 1953):
- Minor Swing
Peter Katona/Tarrega: Alhambra Inspiration
Manuel de Falla (1867-1946) (arr. Katona):
- El amor brujo (Excerpts)
- Danza del Terror
- El Circulo Magico
- Danza Ritual del Fuego