Oliver & José María Curbelo are brothers and twins and form a vibrant piano duo, whose performances have appeared on the most important canarian newspapers front pages and on Spanish TV News Channel. Twenty-two years of such labour and over one hundred concert performances is the measure of the Duo Curbelo career to date. The public and review have been quick to recognise their value, their precise technical ensemble, their virtuosity, great rhythmic feeling and a huge colorful palette in their performing.
They were born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canary Islands) in 1980. They began their piano studies at age 7 and got their music degrees in piano, chamber music and accompaniment at the Conservatorio Superior de Música at 18. Then they went on to study with the hungarian professor Ferenc Rados at Alcalá de Henares University (1999). After that they moved to Barcelona to complete their Master in Spanish Music for piano solo and piano duo as students of Alicia de Larrocha and Carlota Garriga at the prestigious Marshall Academy (Barcelona).
They have got some scholarships from Canary Islands Government, Council of Gran Canaria and Centro de Estudios Pianísticos to get masterclasses given by Karin Merle, Eugène Moguilevsky, Andrzej Jasinski, Alexis Golovine, Barry Douglas, Alan Weiss, Solomon Mikowsky, Jan Wijn, Ramón Coll, Paul Badura-Skoda, Charles Rosen, Carmen Bravo (Mompou’s widow), Neal P. Da Costa, Jesús A. Rodríguez and Almudena Cano among others.
The twin brothers have performed an extensive repertoire for piano duo. In addition to the spanish music and traditional repertoire they perform works by alive canarian and catalan composers, such as A. Guinovart, A. García Abril, C. Garriga, R. Ashkenar, C. Díaz Pestano, M. Bonino, etc., with whom they work directly.
Curbelo duo have been invited to perform in several halls in Spain, Italy, Holland, Argentina and Chile, such as: Alfredo Kraus Auditorium (Gran Canaria), CaixaForum Auditorium (Barcelona), Juan March Fundation and Centro Cultural Conde Duque (Madrid), Ateneo de Madrid, National Museum of Fine Arts (Buenos Aires), Kasteel Groeneveld (Baarn, Holand), San Martín Theater (Tucumán, Argentina), Palau Maricell (Sitges), Conservatorio di Como Auditorium (Italy), Sala Tartini (Trieste, Italy), Academia de Belles Arts de Sabadell, Casa Canals (Tarragona), Adán Martín Auditorium and Cajacanarias Auditorium (Tenerife), C.I.C.C.A. and Teatro Pérez Galdós (Gran Canaria), Green Caves Auditorium (Lanzarote), Sala Augusta (Menorca), etc., and other cities such as León, San Sebastián, Manresa and Castellón. They have performed recitals dedicated to Xavier Montsalvatge (Girona) and invited to perform in some international piano festivals such as Word Piano Festival 2014 (Festival Justus Frantz & Friends), “Semanas Musicales” in Frutillar (Chile), “48th Septiembre Musical Tucumano” (Argentina), “Pianistas Notables 2008” (Buenos Aires), Baarnse Musiekkring (Holland), Summer Festivals in Pals and Lloret de Mar (Girona), “Música de Cámara de una Nueva Europa” (the Fundation Carlos de Amberes Auditorium, Madrid), and the first performance of “Canciones Canarias” for two pianos and choir by the argentinian composer Ostaschinsky (Alfredo Kraus Auditorium and Paraninfo de la Universidad de La Laguna), among others.
They placed first in the CajaCanarias Chamber Music Competition and have also won awards at another piano duo and piano solo competitions, including the International Piano Competition “Ciutat de Carlet”, the Premi de Música “Ciutat de Manresa” and somes competitions in Gran Canaria.
The Duo Curbelo has played as soloist with Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra performing the Concerto in D minor for two pianos and orchestra by Poulenc and The Carnival of the Animals by Saint Saëns, conducted by Gloria Isabel Ramos and Rafael Sánchez Araña, respectively.
They have released two piano duo CDs for Klassicat and SEdeM and recorded the work “Ensayo a Dos”, for two pianos by Garriga for Columna Música. Their performances have been broadcast on Spanish and Argentinian radio and T.V. What’s more some TV chat shows have chosen their performances for several advertising campaign (“Panorama Canario” in 1992, “Claves” in 2003 and 2004).
In addition, they have taught at Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias since 2003 and have given piano duo masterclasses at Higher musical institutions in Utrecht, Como and Trieste. This activity is combined with research by publishing their studies in scientific research journals and conferences in Europe and America.