About the Artists
The New York Times praised DUO Stephanie and Saar's “beautifully understated performances” of the György Kurtág transcriptions of the music of Bach, featured on their 2012 CD Bach Crossings. Glowing reviews for the album have followed suit, including the following by Laurence Vittes for The Huffington Post, “In addition to being drop dead gorgeous, these performances explain what voicing is in Bach."
Recent performance highlights include a special collaboration with the New World Symphony Percussion Consort in Miami of a new arrangement of Stravinsky’s Petrouchka by Michael Linville and a recital in Washington DC’s prestigious Dumbarton Oaks concert series. Other notable performances include the Dranoff Two Piano Foundation’s outreach event Piano Slam at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Chicago’s Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series, and Baltimore’s Yale Gordon Center for the Performing Arts.
An interest in programming innovative and thought-provoking repertoire has led DUO Stephanie & Saar to explore a wide range of compositions. Deeply committed to new music, the duo has premiered works by Andrew Rudin, Philippe Bodin, Paul Hefner, Henry Martin, Dana Richardson, and others. As recipients of New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs Performing Arts Grant, the duo presented a concert devoted to New York composers at Queens College. A grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts was key in presenting a special concert celebrating George Crumb’s 80th birthday at New York’s (le) poisson rouge. Collaboration with actors has led to Intimate Letters, music and letter readings of Leoš Janáček, and A Life in Letters, music and readings exploring the intricate relationship between Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms.
Saar Ahuvia, a native of Israel, studied in Israel's Tel Aviv Academy and Switzerland's Schaufhausen Conservatory before coming to the United States to pursue a Graduate Performance Diploma with Leon Fleisher at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Stephanie Ho, of Taiwanese descent, grew up in Portland, Oregon before obtaining degrees from Oberlin College and Northwestern University. She received a Graduate Performance Diploma from Peabody Institute, under the direction of Julian Martin.