"You realise that this is not usual. This is not just two good pianists playing together. They sense each other's most small, individual little bit of interpretation." - Sir Neville Marriner
‘It is like driving a pair of BMWs', remarked conductor Michael Schønwandt, after directing the Dutch brothers Lucas (27) and Arthur Jussen (24). Despite their young age, they have been part of the international concert world for years and are praised vigorously by both press and audience.
The Jussen brothers have performed with orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Concertgebouworkest, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields as well as Montréal, Sydney, Shanghai and Hong Kong Symphony Orchestras, WDR Symphony Orchestra, SWR Symphony Orchestra and Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg. They collaborated with conductors such as Stéphane Denève, Christoph Eschenbach, Valery Gergiev, Sir Neville Marriner, Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jukka-Pekka Saraste and Jaap van Zweden.
Concert tours in Asia have taken them to China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore. In recitals, they performed at the Ruhr Piano Festival and the Rheingau Music Festival, Prinzregententheater Munich, Philharmonie Essen, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Royal Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall London, Tonhalle Zurich, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg, Palau de la Música Catalana Barcelona and Zaryadye Hall Moscow. They have performed at the Konzerthaus Dortmund several times as part of the "Junge Wilde" series.
Lucas and Arthur received their first piano lessons in their native town of Hilversum. It became quickly clear that they were great talents. As children, they were already invited to perform for the Dutch Queen Beatrix. First awards at competitions followed shortly. In 2005, the brothers studied in Portugal and Brazil for nearly a year at the invitation of Portuguese master pianist Maria João Pires. During the following years they took lessons from both Pires and two renowned Dutch teachers. Lucas completed his studies with Menahem Pressler in the US and Dmitri Bashkirov in Madrid. Arthur graduated from the Amsterdam Conservatory where he studied with Jan Wijn.
Recording exclusively with Deutsche Grammophon since 2010, their debut CD with works by Beethoven received platinum status and was awarded the Edison Klassiek audience award. A Schubert recording and Jeux, a CD dedicated to French piano music, were subsequently released. Their recording of Mozart's piano concertos KV 365 and KV 242 together with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner reached gold status. Their discography also includes a recording of Poulenc's double piano concerto and Saint-Saëns' ‘The Carnival of the Animals' with the Concertgebouworkest and Stéphane Denève. In September 2019 they released a recording of concertos and chorales by Johann Sebastian Bach, made in collaboration with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. The new CD "The Russian album" - their first recording with works for two pianos only - will be available from March 2021.
The Russian Album is the seventh album by Lucas and Arthur Jussen on the renowned Deutsche Grammophon label. The pianists selected compositions for two pianos by Russian masters Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Rachmaninov, Igor Stravinsky and Anton Arensky. Their aim was to capture the essence of Russian music with its unique character, timbre and energy. The compositions reflect some turbulent episodes in Russian history. As Lucas explains: "The romantic aspect is paramount to many admirers of Russian music but there is always another dimension. The feelings of anxiety and oppression are continually present in Shostakovich's work, even when the music itself sounds cheerful. And whilst Rachmaninov's music can emanate pure beauty, it's pervaded with that nostalgic feeling of homesickness. That is the magic of Russian music."
Crossover Media Projects with: Lucas & Arthur Jussen