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The Chivers Duo

An evening with the Chivers Duo. A unique experience. Their performances blend solid musicianship, blistering virtuosity and obvious complicity. They have a unique knack to make their audiences come away with the warm satisfying feeling of having met new friends. They extemporise; not only on the historical context of works they play, but will relate their interpretative discoveries, the human side of the composers, and at times throw in a joke or two. The whole has earned them more than just a few standing ovations.

The Chivers Duo must be one of the most long-standing violin and guitar formations around. Their collaboration started when David was four, barely able to hold a violin under his chin, and his father, Dana, guided his first steps in music! They began playing together professionally eight years ago, and now perform over 40 concerts a year in France and abroad.

The Chivers Duo revels in the consequential works for the repertoire. In an unceasing quest for excellence, the David and Dana have worked unerringly to blend the different sonorities of each instrument, and with just ten strings they summon a myriad of textures!

One of their main points of focus has been in 19th century Viennese composers, a golden age for the guitar. In 1999 they released their first CD for Pleiades, including the Op.25 Grand Duo Concertante by Giuliani and the op.19 Serenade by the rediscovered master Wencelas Matiegka.

Their extensive repertoire also includes baroque sonatas, tangos, and contemporary works.

Recently their attention has turned to Spain, with an exciting programme of music by Manuel de Falla, Turina, Rodrigo and Sarasate.