AmiciMusic is a chamber music organization based in Asheville, NC and Baltimore, MD, dedicated to performing the highest quality chamber music in intimate venues and non-traditional spaces. We are committed to breaking down barriers between performers and audiences by setting up a more relaxed and informal atmosphere at concerts and through informative talks about each composer’s life before each piece is played.
The Weiser/Liston-Kraft Piano Duo, Four-hand piano
The Weiser/Liston-Kraft Piano Duo has been called “a force of pianistic energy” who play with “a seamless and tightly knit unity,” and who “absolutely smoke the 88 keys.” They have been bringing their captivating, virtuosic, and high energy performances to audiences across the U.S. for over ten years. They bring a flair for the dramatic and a high-wire musical choreography that make their concerts a visual and sonic spectacle.
Philip Liston-Kraft is a resident of Chatham who studied piano as a young boy at the New England Conservatory with Jeannette Giguere and Russell Sherman. As a teenager, he performed Liszt’s First Piano Concerto with the Boston Pops Orchestra. He graduated Harvard College with a degree in biochemistry and music. Since 2001, he has been one of the “Lawyers in Love with Music”—a musical group appearing annually in Provincetown. In the past five years, he and Mr. Weiser have regularly performed music for piano duet at venues in Boston, Hanover, NH, Baltimore, MD and Asheville, NC. He has been a German instructor in the Rassias Language Program at Dartmouth College since 2005. Dr. Liston-Kraft is a graduate of Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard Law School and is currently Corporate Counsel at Biogen. He has also been a competitive ballroom dancer.
Daniel Weiser, piano, founder and Artistic Director of AmiciMusic, has performed chamber music in great concert halls around the world, including Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Dr. Weiser has a Doctorate in Piano from the Peabody Conservatory and was the 1996 American Ambassador of Music for which he toured the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He earned his BA in American History at Columbia University and later spent a year at Harvard Law School at the same time as President Obama. He has recorded fifteen CDs and has taught at Dartmouth College, UNC Asheville, Longy School of Music, and St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. He has also coached opera for Asheville Lyric Opera, Opera North and Da Corneto Opera. He now lives in Baltimore, MD with his wife, Kisha, and twin 11-year old daughters, Emma and Sophie.
Watch a performance of Rhapsody in Blue below!
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