We have received many prizes and awards in the past, but the BB Trust offers a very unusual and most unique support to musicians. There are many competitions for young people but not too many seem to care about artists in their thirties. The BB Trust has already helped us in commissioning a concerto for two guitars by Michael Berkeley and we are receiving tremendous support with our new projects. Without their help we could not have bought new instruments and developing and promoting new ideas would not be possible. They offer the most important support (and hopefully) the final push, that is necessary to transform us from talented to well respected and fully established artists.Katona Twins"
Katona Twins received support from Borletti-Buitoni Trust between 2004 and 2008. For an up to date biography please visit www.katonatwins.com.
Peter and Zoltán Katona have performed throughout the world at venues which include the Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Centre in New York; the Suntory Hall in Tokyo; the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam; the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall in London; the Forbidden City in Beijing; Alte Oper in Frankfurt and the Philharmonie in Cologne. The duo offers a wide range of repertoire from Scarlatti to Piazzolla. Several contemporary composers have written for the duo; Michael Berkeley composed a double concerto for performance with the London Sinfonietta at the 2004 Cheltenham International Music Festival. Recordings include music by Scarlatti, Handel, Rodrigo, Albéniz, Granados, de Falla and Mozart. A CD with the Carducci Quartet featuring works by Piazzolla was released in 2004 and a further recording with the Carducci of Vivaldi released in 2007 was selected as CD of the week in The Daily Telegraph. The Katona Twins received a Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award in 2004.
Last Updated: February 2009
Photographs by Peter Goodbody
- Co-commissioning Michael Berkeley’s Double Guitar Concerto
- The purchase of electric and classical guitars
- Video projects
- Purchase of recording equipment
Katona Twins: BBT Winners 2004
Piazzola: Fugata, & Scarlatti: Toccata in D minor K141
Jonathan Swain introduces excerpts from tracks from two of the duo’s CDs, music by Scarlatti and Piazolla (CD entitled "Le Grand Tango"). This track was produced for BBT as part of an audio CD and CD-ROM, showcasing its 2004 winners. An accompanying film profile is also on this website.
Peter Katona & Zoltán Katona guitar duo
Carducci Quartet (Piazzola)
Daniel Storer double bass (Piazzola)
BBT WINNERS 2004 PROFILEIntroducing Katona Twins: sound syncronicity
A video profile of the guitar duo, identical twins Peter and Zoltán Katona, filmed at their home in Liverpool, as part of an audio CD and CD-ROM produced by BBT to introduce the 2004 Award and Fellowship Winners.