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Igudesman & Joo
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Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo are two classical musicians who have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious theatrical shows, which combine comedy with classical music and popular culture. Their clips on YouTube, to date, have gathered over 28 million hits, and the duo has appeared on television in numerous countries. Equally comfortable performing in classical concert halls, as well as in stadiums in front of crowds of 18,000, their collective dream is to make classical music accessible to a wider and younger audience.

Aleksey and Hyung-ki met at the age of twelve, at the Yehudi Menuhin School, in England, and since then, have remained strong friends and writing partners. In 2004, following in the footsteps of luminaries such as Victor Borge and Dudley Moore, they created their first groundbreaking show, "A Little Nightmare Music". Since then, they have performed as a duo, and as soloists, with chamber and symphony orchestras at many of the world's biggest stages and festivals.

Many of classical music's biggest names, such as Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Viktoria Mullova, and Julian Rachlin, have joined them in their musical sketches. Aleksey and Hyung-ki have also teamed up with actors, such as John Malkovich, and former James Bond, Sir Roger Moore, on several occasions in aid of UNICEF.

Individually, Aleksey Igudesman has worked with musicians ranging from Academy® Award-winning Hollywood composer, Hans Zimmer, to multi Grammy® Award-winningvocalist, Bobby McFerrin. Hyung-ki Joo, has worked with Academy® Award-winning composer, Vangelis, and was chosen by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Billy Joel, to arrange and record Joel's classical compositions on a CD, which reached no.1 on the Billboard Charts.

Igudesman & Joo can be seen in several films, including their own "Mockumentary", "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Classical Music".

Besides touring "A Little Nightmare Music", they also perform "BIG Nightmare Music", with symphony orchestras, and lead their workshop "8 To 88 - Musical Education for Children of All Ages" at universities and music schools around the world, leaving students inspired and confident to break new grounds for their own musical journeys.

On New Year's Eve, 2011, at the Vienna Konzerthaus, with the help of 100 violinists from all over the world, Igudesman & Joo set the world record for the most "Dancing Violinists" performing together on stage. The world record was conceived and produced by the duo in aid of UNICEF.


Please visit: www.igudesmanandjoo.com
Like us on: www.facebook.com/IgudesmanJooOfficial
Follow us at: twitter.com/igudesmanandjoo
Come see where we live: www.youtube.com/user/igudesmanandjoo

There may be no editing to the biographies of the artists without the express advance consent of the artists' management.


Aleksey Igudesman

Aleksey Igudesman was born in Leningrad at a very young age. He has never won any competitions, mainly because he has never entered any. During his studies at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School, he read the entire plays of Bernhard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and Anton Chekhov, which didn't improve his violin playing, but made him feel foolishly somewhat superior to other less intellectually endowed, yet harder practising colleagues. After studying with Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatoire and being told many times by many people that they were rather worried about his future, he embarked on a successful career playing, composing, and arranging for his string trio, "Triology", recording several CD's for BMG, working in Hollywood with Academy Award® winner Hans Zimmer, and performing with Bobby McFerrin, Julian Rachlin, Janine Jansen, Sir Roger Moore, John Malkovich, and other people who are less famous, but just as great.

Aleksey Igudesman writes a lot of music. Often he goes to bed writing and gets up writing. He sometimes feels a little insecure about his music, although it is published by Universal Edition, and tries to compensate for it by being rather extrovert. In fact, his psychiatrist tells him that he is insecure about a lot of things. Aleksey is not so sure about that.

Back at school he met his IGUDESMAN & JOO partner, Hyung-ki Joo. After a few initial small differences, resulting in several people holding them both back from smashing chairs and music stands on each other's heads, Joo offered Igudesman some fish and chips, which he simply could not refuse. This in turn led to collaboration over many years, which culminated in the creation of "A Little Nightmare Music", a show they tour together making people laugh.

Aleksey Igudesman plays with a bow made by the Boston-based bowmaker, Benoit Roland, and on a Santo Seraphin violin from the year 1717, which is kindly loaned to him by ERSTE BANK.

There may be no editing to the biographies of the artists without the express advance consent of the artists' management.


Hyung-ki Joo

Hyung-ki Joo was born. He is British, but looks Korean, or the other way around, or both. He showed his first signs of a sense of comedy whilst nappy-changing and shortly thereafter, showed his love for music when his parents would find him at the record store listening for hours to everything from Mozart to Bee Gees. (Although the two are never to be confused, Hyung-ki is often heard singing "Don Giovanni" in the style of Barry Gibb from the Bee Gees).

He started piano lessons at the age of eight and a half and two years later won a place at the Yehudi Menuhin School. There, he discovered that he was among geniuses and child prodigies and was convinced he would be kicked out of school, year after year. In fact, he was not kicked "out" but kicked "around" by teachers and fellow students, such as Aleksey Igudesman. After these painful experiences, Joo invented a new type of piano playing known as "Karate Piano". No matter how difficult his years at the school may have been, it only strengthened his love of music, and he also realised that the world of classical music had little to do with the spirit in which the music was created and so began dreaming of a way to bring this great music to a wider and newer audience– a dream which has been realised through his show: "IGUDESMAN & JOO: A Little Nightmare Music".

Hyung-ki has small hands, (but only hands small), and therefore finds some piano repertoire quite difficult to play, such as the music of Rachmaninov, who had Big Hands. Anyway, even with this small hindrance, he happily performs chamber music, recitals, concertos, his own compositions, and anything else that includes a piano part. Besides composing, performing, laughing, brushing his teeth at breakneck speed, and writing comedy, Joo's passion for teaching has led him to develop his own personal style of workshops.

THERE IS TO BE NO MENTION OF "RICHARD" IN ANY PRINTED MATERIAL.
THE ONLY NAMES TO USE ARE: HYUNG-KI JOO

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Igudesman & Joo (Short Version of Bio)

Aleksey Igudesman and Hyung-ki Joo are two classical musicians who have taken the world by storm with their unique and hilarious theatrical shows, which combine comedy with classical music and popular culture. Their clips on YouTube, to date, have gathered over 28 million hits, and the duo has appeared on television in numerous countries. Equally comfortable performing in classical concert halls, as well as in stadiums in front of crowds of 18,000, their collective dream is to make classical music accessible to a wider and younger audience.

Many of classical music’s biggest names, such as Emanuel Ax, Joshua Bell, Janine Jansen, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Viktoria Mullova, and Julian Rachlin, have joined them in their musical sketches. Aleksey and Hyung-ki have also teamed up with actors, such as John Malkovich, and former James Bond, Sir Roger Moore, on several occasions in aid of UNICEF.

Besides touring “A Little Nightmare Music”, they also perform “BIG Nightmare Music”, with symphony orchestras, and lead their workshop “8 To 88 - Musical Education for Children of All Ages” at universities and music schools around the world, leaving students inspired and confident to break new grounds for their own musical journeys.

Igudesman & Joo can be seen in several films, including their own “Mockumentary”, “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Classical Music”.

On New Year’s Eve, 2011, at the Vienna Konzerthaus, with the help of 100 violinists from all over the world, Igudesman & Joo set the world record for the most “Dancing Violinists” performing together on stage. The world record was conceived and produced by the duo in aid of UNICEF.


Please visit: www.igudesmanandjoo.com
Like us on: www.facebook.com/IgudesmanJooOfficial
Follow us at: twitter.com/igudesmanandjoo
Come see where we live: www.youtube.com/user/igudesmanandjoo

There may be no editing to the biographies of the artists without the express advance consent of the artists’ management.


Aleksey Igudesman

Aleksey Igudesman was born in Leningrad at a very young age. He has never won any competitions, mainly because he has never entered any. During his studies at the prestigious Yehudi Menuhin School, he read the entire plays of Bernhard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, and Anton Chekhov, which didn’t improve his violin playing, but made him feel foolishly somewhat superior to other less intellectually endowed, yet harder practising colleagues. After studying with Boris Kuschnir at the Vienna Conservatoire and being told many times by many people that they were rather worried about his future, he embarked on a successful career playing, composing, arranging, recording several CD’s for BMG, and working in Hollywood with Academy Award® winner Hans Zimmer.

Aleksey Igudesman writes a lot of music. Often he goes to bed writing and gets up writing. He sometimes feels a little insecure about his music, although it is published by Universal Edition. In fact, his psychiatrist tells him that he is insecure about a lot of things. Aleksey is not so sure about that.

Aleksey Igudesman plays with a bow made by the Boston-based bowmaker, Benoit Roland, and on a Santo Seraphin violin from the year 1717, which is kindly loaned to him by ERSTE BANK.

There may be no editing to the biographies of the artists without the express advance consent of the artists’ management.


Hyung-ki Joo

Hyung-ki Joo was born. He is British, but looks Korean, or the other way around, or both. He showed his first signs of a sense of comedy whilst nappy-changing and shortly thereafter, showed his love for music when his parents would find him at the record store listening for hours to everything from Mozart to Bee Gees.

He studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School, where he discovered that he was among child prodigies and was convinced he would be kicked out of school. In fact, he was not kicked “out” but kicked “around” by teachers and fellow students, such as Aleksey Igudesman. After these painful experiences, Joo invented a new type of piano playing known as “Karate Piano”.

Hyung-ki has small hands, (but only hands small), and therefore finds some piano repertoire quite difficult to play. Anyway, even with this small hindrance, he happily performs chamber music, recitals, concertos, his own compositions, and anything else that includes a piano part. Besides composing, performing, laughing, brushing his teeth at breakneck speed, and writing comedy, Joo’s passion for teaching has led him to develop his own personal style of workshops.

There may be no editing to the biographies of the artists without the express advance consent of the artists’ management.
 


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SHOWS

"A Little Nightmare Music"
Just when you thought it was safe...

The concert begins. The music is sublime. Not even a pin would dare drop. Suddenly, a cellphone rings and the madness starts. The pianist loses his hand, the violinist, while tuning, falls asleep, and later wakes up in the middle of a motorway, transformed into a "Riverdancer". When the pianist returns, the piano is locked, telling him to insert his credit card. Meanwhile, the violinist loses his bow to a vacuum cleaner and his partner just talks on the phone while reading a paper, eating, and, playing the piano upside down all at the same time. These and many other "nightmares" unfold before audiences' eyes and ears.

"A Little Nightmare Music" is a unique show, full of virtuosity, enchanting music and zany, outrageous humour. Ideal for audiences aged 8 to 88, this show is sure to captivate you and crack you up whether you're a classical music enthusiast or the type who runs for cover, at the mere mention of Mozart.

 

“AND NOW MOZART”
Igudes­man & Joo’s new show

First, there was a big bang, then, a lit­tle night­mare music, and now, Mozart. For those who lis­ten to Mozart, live with Mozart, gave birth to Mozart, eat, pray, and love Mozart, don’t care at all for Mozart, never even heard of Mozart, this show promises you all that it will con­tain absolutely NO Mozart! But that’s giv­ing away way too much…

The world of clas­si­cal music has finally entered its future. Nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems help the soloist ori­en­tate around the score, police inspec­tors are lurk­ing to con­trol inter­pre­ta­tions of per­form­ers, pianists are on sale for par­ties and house­work, and in a health-conscious world, musi­cians can now stay fit while prac­tis­ing through the inven­tion of Vio­loro­bics®.

AND NOW MOZART is a show that will change noth­ing, except enhance your love of music and ton­ing your stom­ach mus­cles by hys­ter­i­cally laugh­ing to and with IGUDESMAN & JOO.

 

"BIG Nightmare Music"
Igudesman & Joo with Orchestra

Igudesman & Joo's musical madness on a symphonic scale
When Igudesman & Joo perform with a symphony orchestra, the musical nightmares take on epic proportions! Fans of "A Little Nightmare Music" will be falling all over themselves to experience perennial favorites like Mozart Bond, Alla Molto Turca and Cleaning vs. Riverdancing amped up for a full-blown orchestra. But on top of priceless adaptations of pieces from their duo-show, "BIG Nightmare Music" boasts several uproarious sketches tailor-made for a symphony orchestra, drawing everyone into their act, from the first violinist to the last percussionist. What's more, you will have the added opportunity of hearing Igudesman and Joo perform as soloists, both in well-known concertos and in their own orchestral works.

Igudesman & Joo are always too BIG for any stage but now picture the duo in Wonderland after eating that cake which makes you grow... A scary thought? There you have it: "BIG Nightmare Music"!

The show includes music by Mozart, Rachmaninov, Bach, Vivaldi, Strauss, Beethoven, Igudesman, Joo.

 

"8 To 88"
Education For Children of All Ages
The Igudesman & Joo Master Workshop

Igudesman & Joo's unique workshop is designed for any musician who wishes to widen their horizons and approaches to creating, learning, rehearsing, and, performing music. The workshop explores often ignored and less-practised aspects of music making and encourages musicians to be more open to such aspects, which may include improvisation, choreography, theatricality, psychology of performance, stage manner and presentation, different styles of music, classical and non-classical rhythm, composition, dramaturgy, and humour.

Musicians are invited to bring their own instruments, and any other instrument they might play, and are encouraged to bring along any own compositions, sketches (musical, or theatrical), and to share any "hidden talents".

Igudesman & Joo's "8 To 88" workshop is available to all musicians, and while it is certainly not exclusive to string players or pianists, violinists and violists would benefit from working with Igudesman's various "work-outs" in different styles, alternative sound production, and, non-classical ornamentation.

The content and direction of the workshop can vary dramatically depending on the enrolled participants on any given day, which follows Igudesman and Joo's organic and reactive coaching style that addresses each situation and individual.

Students come away from these workshops inspired and invigorated, and many leave some of their fears and inhibitions behind. The over-arching emphasis is on being able to have fun with music, and feeling inspired and confident to be creative and break new grounds for their own musical journeys.
 


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Video

Igudesman & Joo "A Little Nightmare Music" Trailer

Igudesman & Joo "I Will Survive" Live in Antwerp

IGUDESMAN & JOO: Give It Up For Mo - from AND NOW MOZART

IGUDESMAN & JOO: Gravity - from AND NOW MOZART


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Online Resources

Igudesman & Joo website

Igudesman & Joo on Facebook

Igudesman & Joo on Twitter


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