Popov & Vona

Duo-Pianists


 

 
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

studio.



Lark and George both sing in the

Christ Church Deer Park choir.