Popov & Vona
Duo-pianists Lark Popov and George Vona are
known for their evocative and exciting
performances of music for two pianos ranging
from Bach to Bernstein. After their New York
recital debut, they were praised by the New York
Times for their fine sense of pianistic colour
and their lively and involving interpretations.
They have performed in the United States,
Canada, Spain, Italy, Hungary and England.
Among their performances were appearances with
the Hartford Symphony, The American Liszt
Society, the Franz Liszt Memorial Library in
Budapest and the Vancouver New Music Festival.
In 2000, Lark and George’s second CD, The Book
of Mirrors, was nominated for a JUNO award.
The recording is a collection of recently
composed works for two pianos and percussion by
Canadian composers which range in style from
Latin jazz to German Industrial music. The
recording is accompanied by an interactive
multimedia CD-ROM which features video clips,
interviews with the composers, stunning graphics,
and many interactive demonstrations of the
concepts and influences at work in the pieces. The
CD-ROM was entirely designed and produced by
Lark and George.
Also in 2000, George developed the symptoms of
focal dystonia, which led to George’s and Lark’s
retirement from concertizing professionally. Focal
dystonia is a neurological repetitive stress
disorder characterized by involuntary muscular
contraction while playing an instrument. A
surprisingly large number of musicians have
developed the condition, most famously the
pianist Leon Fleischer and Peter Oundjian,
conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
and former first violinist of the Tokyo String
Quartet. George is now practicing law while Lark
continues to perform and run a busy teaching
Lark and George both sing in the
Christ Church Deer Park choir.