The twin sisters Güher and Süher Pekinel are internationally recognised as a duo of exceptional artistry and magnetism whose performances demonstrate extraordinary musicality, keyboard command, unanimity of style and execution. Born in Istanbul of mixed Turkish/Spanish ancestry, the twins studied at the Paris Conservatoire, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Juilliard School in New York where they counted Rudolf Serkin, Claudio Arrau, Adele Marcus, Yvonne Loriod and Mieczyslaw Horszowski among their teachers. Discovered by Herbert von Karajan in 1984, they appeared at the Salzburg Festival and subsequently embarked on a busy worldwide career giving recitals throughout Europe, the U.S. and Japan and performing with leading orchestras.
With his ‘Fifth Brandenburg Concerto’, Bach liberated the harpsichord from its traditional role as an accompanying instrument and gave it a prominence never even hinted at before. He thus, single-handedly, gave life to the keyboard concerto. Though in the ‘Fifth Brandenburg’, it shares the limelight with the violin and flute, the harpsichord is clearly the dominant member, its virtuosity underlined by an extended solo cadenza. Having given birth to the keyboard concerto, Bach began to compose for two, three and even four harpsichords. These works were written as vehicles for himself, his sons and very occasionally his pupils. Of the concertos that are now known to exist, all but one (BWV 1061) are arrangements.