Formed by María José Barandiarán and María José de Bustos. The acclaimed pair is renowned for their evident expertise and for their extraordinary elegance on stage.
This duo has developed a technique that radiates an expressive language which is exceptionally articulated by their hands. Seated in front of each other, the duo manages with the double piano to fusion into a sole interpretation without sacrificing the creative independence that characterizes each one of them. Their amazing interpretative skills, as well as their splendid ability to engage the audience in a mystic experience, has empowered them a intensive career.
Jose Antonio, director of the National Ballet of Spain, has chosen from BdBduo’s first album their interpretation of Manuel Infante’s Las Tres Danzas Andaluzas to create a new choreography. Their second album, sponsored by Barclays which includes pieces by Brahms, Ravel, Messiaen and Albeniz has been presented in a series of concerts in the main concert halls across Spain.
They have appeared as soloists with the Manheim Kurplaz Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Coahuila Chamber Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Leon Symphonic Orchestra, Panama National Symphonic Orchestra, Simon Bolívar Youth Orchestra, Mexico City Philarmonic Orchestra, Cali Philarmonic Orchestra, Mexico National Symphony Orchestra. The duo has performed under the direction of J.J. Mena, Stefan Fraas, J. L. Temes, Edmon Colomer, J. Amigo, Paul Dury, J. Ledezma, R. Shade, J. Arean and Enrique Bátiz, among others. Recitals in Spain, France, the United Kingdom, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Croatia, Poland, Greece, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, the United States, Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Uruguay, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Tunisia, the Philippines, China, Vietnam and India
They have participated in live radio and television shows in Spain, Germany, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Romania, Poland, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Tunisia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
Following maestro José Antonio Abreu’s invitation, the BdBduo developed a joint project with Venezuela’s National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras (FESNOJIV as per its name in Spanish). The duo has collaborated as educators in several universities, national conservatories and superior music academies in the countries they have visited. They have held master classes, colloquiums, auditions as well as other modalities of intellectual exchange.
“The interpretation of the BdB duo was magnificent; showcasing a dynamic engagement and a complicity that, just like mimetic reflections, rose to reach the sublime.”
- Norte de Castilla
The two Maria José offered a lesson of authentic stylistic articulation and profound mystical engagement.”
“The zenith of the performance occurred with a ravishing interpretation of Ravel. BdB granted a spectacle of an outstanding fusion of tones.”
- El Diario Vasco
“BdB captivated its audience.”
- The Philippine Star
“The audience perceives the dialogue between the pianists‘ gazes who simultaneously control the rhythm and precision of the phrasing as if we were listening to a single piano.”
“The two artists, undoubtedly, give the impression of never having done anything other than what they master, love to do and, specially, know how to make us love.”
- La Presse Tunisie
“Their subtle and precise touch evidences great professionalism on the keyboard and offers an outstanding feminine sensibility.”
- Le Quotidien
“Both pianists are united by a great explicit complicity that is evident at the very first gaze. Their singular seal is contagious while their fluency and extreme precision is a plethora of elegance and poetry.”
- Il Corriere
“This duo demonstrated excellent music taste. They offered the audience six encores. I must admit that I had never experienced such a generous performance.”
- Diario Rio Negro
“The duo conquered the Romanian audience last night at Ateneo’s great concert hall in Bucarest.”
- Rumania – Música
“BdB sanctified Sunday with a recital that seemed straight from the greatest clouds of a remote heaven. They performed the whole version of Visions of Amen”.
- El Tiempo