Duo Praxedis

Nationality: 
Swiss
Instrument: 
harp, piano

To create an exciting banter between harp and piano is the goal of the two musicians, Praxedis Hug-Rütti (harp) and Praxedis Geneviève Hug (piano). The mother-daughter duo represents perfect harmony and creativity, and has appeared regularly on stage in Switzerland and abroad since 2009. The Duo Praxedis wants to breathe new life into the thrilling instrumental partnership of harp and piano. The two instruments are closely related, but are also very different from one another. The combination of the two, therefore, promises “unheard-of” refined musical delights that have excited numerous listeners at international festivals such as the Menuhin Festival Gstaad, Esterhazy Festival Eisenstadt, and the Janácˇek Festival. The partnership of harp and piano was very popular in the early classical period, but has become rare today. In former times, the fascinating duo combination was often source of inspiration for various famous composers. Unfortunately, that relationship faded away as the centuries went by. The origin of Duo Praxedis dates back to the year 1996, when the two ladies were asked to perform Bach’s Double Concerto in a transcription for harp, piano and orchestra. Since then, a number of CD recordings for Guild, paladino music, and Preiser Records Vienna were made. In 2016 Duo Praxedis had its debut at the Philharmonie Berlin with Mozart's Double Concerto KV 365. As the only original literature for harp and piano comes from the early classical period, Duo Praxedis make their own arrangements of masterpieces for two pianos or piano duets. Their transcriptions are worthy of the highest respect, since it is virtually impossible to harmonically transpose romantic piano scores for the harp. Beyond that, they often commission pieces from wellknown contemporary composers. So a world first was written, namely the Double Concerto by Oliver Waespi, and premiered at the Tonhalle in Zurich in 2014. For special merits around contemporary music Duo Praxedis received the award of the UBS Cultural Foundation. The mother and daughter of the duo are known for their cheerful and passionate playing as well as for their rich and diverse repertoire. Beyond sound there is also “sight”: self-fashioned and self-tailored dresses, made of precious Swiss manufactured broidery and fabrics that highlight the sound of music through visual beauty. Nowadays, Duo Praxedis is one of the most attractive ensembles and an absolute highlight in the international concert scene.