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Piano-Duo Tal & Groethuysen

When Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen provisionally formed a piano duo in 1985 for a single concert, they naturally did not realise how important this step would be, both for themselves personally and for the entire genre. The unforeseeably positive artistic development and the continuing interest displayed by the record label SONY CLASSICAL and the international concert market, however, meant that Tal and Groethuysen gradually matured into one of the programmatically most exciting and tonally and aesthetically perfect piano duos in the world. Their work has been honoured five times with the "Echo Klassik" award and eleven times with prizes such as the "Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik", "Cannes Classical Award", etc.

During the first few years of their career together Andreas and Yaara devoted themselves primarily to playing on one piano, which is more complicated and from the point of view of the audience at first not quite so effective. In recent years, however, they have altered their focus and are now delighted to record and give concerts of the fascinating repertoire for two pianos, which is to some extent still unknown.

Selection of the planned dates

D - Würzburg
Mozart, Czerny, Schubert, Gieseking etc.
CH - Sils, Waldhaus
Yaara with Alain Claude Sulzer
D - Kreuth Festival
Symphonic program
D - Freiburg
Symphonic program
New:Concert starts at 6pm and at 8:30pm!
A - Gmunden (Salzkammergut)
Symphonic program
D - Brühl
Goldberg Variations
I - Milano
Goldberg Variations
I - Torino
Goldberg Variations
A - Linz
Bruckner 7. Symph., Wagner
D - Königswusterhausen
Symphonisches Programm
D - Liesborn
Symphonisches Programm
D - Friedrichshafen
Symphonic program
D - Pöcking
at the Starnberger See
Symphonic program
A - Salzburg Mozarteum Mendelssohn Oktett
D - Weiden
Febel: Studien über die Kunst der Fuge (Gesamtwerk)
D - Ludwigshafen Symphonic program
A - Salzburg
Febel: Studien nach der Kunst der Fuge (Gesamtwerk)
D - Bamberg
Recital 4-hands
D - Munich
Allerheiligen Hofkirche
Fügsame Fugen?
With A.C.Sulzer (Reading)
D - Berlin Konzerthaus
Febel: Studien nach der Kunst der Fuge (Gesamtwerk)
D - Regensburg
Recital 2 pianos
D - Göppingen
Symphonic program
D - Fürth
Symphonic program
D - Bad Kissingen
Kissinger Sommer
Symphonic program
A - Schwarzenberg
Symphonic program


Now it is official: the duo wins the OpusKlassik Prize 2021 in the category Chamber Music Recording of the Year. The award-winning CD is Reinhard Febel's Studies after J.S.Bach's Art of Fugue.


Jewish Telegraph, Friday August 13, 2021
Brother's birthday pianowas kex to Yaara's success

T&G was awarded the Critic’s Choice in the category Keyboard music for their CD with Febel’s Studies on The art of Fugue:

„Yaara Tal and Andreas Groethuysen, who commissioned these eighteen studies, play them with breathtaking clarity and conciseness. The most intricate rhythms take on natural ease, the elaboration of themes and secondary voices, the most refined dynamic gradations, and, last but not least, an extremely changeable piano sound that makes this recording a breathtaking experience". For the jury: Gregor Willmes

Yaara plays the Karol Rathaus piano concerto in a live recording from Warsaw (31.8.2018) on August 7th 2019.

National Theatre Warsaw

As part of the Festival „Chopin and his Europe“ Yaara played the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, op. 45, by Karol Rathaus, together with the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jacek Kaspszyk.

Karol RathausThe composer Karol Rathaus (1895 – 1954) was born in Tarnopol (east of Lviv, in those days Lemberg in Austria, now a part of Ukraine). He studied under Franz Schreker in Vienna and Berlin. His work includes all genres: symphonies, opera, ballet music, chamber music, piano music, etc.

In 1939 he had to flee from Nazi dictatorship and found a new home in the USA, where from 1940 onwards he taught at Queens College, New York.

Rathaus is one the „lost generation“ of artists who - due to war, flight, and emigration - have not received the recognition they deserve.

The Concerto for Piano and Orchestra dates from 1939. It is a serious, yet powerful and forward-pressing work. The musical language is based on a cogent independent tonal system; the material of the motifs is executed rhapsodically and polyphonally; for lengthy passages the piano is closely interwoven with the orchestral sound.

It is a great enrichment of the piano literature of the period, and it is sincerely to be hoped that this composition will find its way into the standard repertoire of piano concertos. Both the work and Rathaus most certainly deserve it.

A wonderful website about Karol Rathaus can be found at:: more

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Photos: Wojciech Grzedzinski, NIFC

Maestro Reinhard Goebel engaged Yaara for a production with the Munich Radio Orchestra

What links the aria “Wenn man will zu Mädchen gehen” from Dittersdorf's opera Der Apotheker und Doktor (The Doctor and the Apothecary) with the aria “Se voi bramate” from the opera Il re Teodoro in Venezia (King Theodore in Venice) by Paisiello and a further twenty arias from the 1780's?

They were extremely popular in Vienna at that time and could be heard everywhere, and the composer Ferdinand Kauer (1751 – 1831), who is completely forgotten today, moulded them into a fantasia for a keyboard instrument.

A modern version of this work for piano and orchestra was produced in the middle of June 2017 by the Munich Radio Orchestra under Reinhard Goebel with Yaara at the piano.

Photo: Ulrich PlutaPhoto: Ulrich PlutaPhoto: Ulrich Pluta
Photos: Ulrich Pluta 

Studies based on Bach’s “The Art of Fugue” for two pianos
by Reinhard Febel (born 1952)

Commissioned by the Ansbacher Bachwoche (Ansbach Bach Week)

Studien nach Bachs Kunst der Fuge von Reinhard Febel

It seems a bit strange. Bach’s fugues as originally written are complex and in themselves - as it were - perfect, and now a contemporary composer turns up and wants to further develop this polyphonic structure. How can that work?

Studies can be understood as a synonym for études, the sort of exercise composed by Czerny, for example, or on a higher level, by Chopin or Debussy. In other words, pieces of music that enable the performer to practise a specific musical difficulty and that increase his competence by being constantly repeated. They can be rhythmic, pianistic or purely tonal exercises.

But studies can also be understood as compositional études, in other words pieces that demand that the composer practises a certain skill. The difference being that the composer doesn’t start from scratch, but takes a piece that already exists as his starting-point and “practises” on it.

“A study based on” can therefore also be understood as “a fantasy on” or “inspired by”. It is possible for a composer to hear a work by another master and be completely thrilled or even aroused by it - he would really love to have written it himself. But that is of course impossible. What he can do, though, is give free rein to his own creativity, set it free and lend it wings and present the result as a “study”.

In Febel’s case all these interpretations apply. The two pianists will have to practise a great deal together to master the work, and the composer had to study the brilliant original very carefully in order to understand it properly, to devise and to develop such ingenious and exquisite modifications.

In Ansbach seven out of the total of eighteen studies were perfprmed. We hope that in the course of the next few years we will be able to gradually work on all the remaining studies and eventually perform them as a full evening’s recital.

Komponist Reinhard Febel; Foto: Jim Albright
Composer Reinhard Febel, Photo Jim Albright

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Photos: Bachwoche Ansbach

Arnold Schönberg Center
24.3.2015 - Successfull concert with Yaara Tal from Piano Duo Tal & Groethuysen, with her first solo program.

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Tal & Groethuysen  Tal & Groethuysen

"1915": CD-Release 14.08.2015!

It is more than two years since our last recording session for a CD containing only piano duets. That was the „Götterdämmerung” CD, which heralded the start of the Wagner year of 2013 for us. Our homage to Wagner was, however, unthinkable without Debussy; in the course of that year and in 2014, too, we frequently and with great pleasure performed our programme “Twilight of the gods. Homage to Wagner on both banks of the River Rhine” and thereby developed a specific taste for Debussy. It was a stroke of fate that we studied the transcription of “La Mer” (version for two pianos by A. Caplet) in order to realise our project “Traummeer”, and it fitted in very neatly with our plan to focus more intensively on music from France in the next few years.

So in the first few days of the New Year we recorded a new CD of piano duets with works by Reynaldo Hahn and Claude Debussy. All the works are “French children of war” and reflect the intellectual and emotional state of these two composers in the second year of carnage.

More detailed information about the CD can be found under "1915".

The CD is a co-production by Sony and the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation) and was recorded in Studio 2 at the BR. We have special memories of this recording mainly because of two pleasant experiences. The beauty of the Steinway grand pianos was out of this world, and they were capable of rare tonal modulation. And – although it is hard to believe – the very first positioning of the microphones simply worked. There was no need – as is often the case – for wearisome trying out. This was a masterly achievement by the sound design team, and we would here like to thank the excellent team: Christian Rabus (piano tuner), Jörg Moser (tonmeister), Gerhard Wicho (sound engineer), Bernadette Rueb (sound technician), Rolf Müller (sound assistant) and - last but not least – Falk Häfner (editor).

At the end of our time in the studio we took several photos of the entire team – but unfortunately none of them is really usable. So that at least an idea of the atmosphere can be conveyed in pictorial form, here is nevertheless a photo with two grand pianos and three gentlemen (l. – r.: Christian, Jörg and Gerhard) ...


Yaara's first solo album: Haydn: The Seven last Words of our Saviour on the Cross

In the last days of October 2013 I recorded a solo CD. The main feature was Haydn’s passion music “The Last Seven Words of our Saviour on the Cross.” Originally composed for an orchestra, the version for a string quartet is part of the standard repertoire for this genre. What is not so well-known is that there is also a version for a keyboard instrument. When the publishers Henle produced a reliable edition of the work some years ago, I was attracted to the idea of one day giving voice to this meditation on the piano.

Yaara Tal

Yaara Tal
Gustav Eckart

A Call from Salzburg

From the Winter Semester 2014 onwards there will be a major change in our life, since we will start teaching at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. The institution and the city itself have always exercised a great fascination - not only for the two of us - and we are both curious and excited as we look forward to this new chapter in our lives.

To be more precise, the greater share of the new workload will fall on Andreas, since in addition to our joint speciality, piano duos, he will also be teaching a class for solo pianists. Naturally, this new task will force us to organise our routine of concerts and daily practice even more strictly, and we will therefore have to manage the commodity “time” even more conscientiously. A wonderful and exciting challenge.

5th ECHO Klassik for the Concert Recording of the Year (20th/21st century music)

Prize winners with the album: Ralph Vaughan Williams: Concerto for twoPianos & Orchestra/Symphony No. 5 (Sony Classical).


New CD-Release

Tracing Bach
J. S. Bach and 10 other composers
(L.F. Prinz von Preußen, Alkan, Chopin, Feininger, Febel etc.)
Yaara Tal

Tracing Bach

Release: August 8, 2021
Label: Sony Classical

Beethoven's World
Beethoven • Wranitzky • Reicha • Vorizek: Concertos

Christian, Eß, Koncz, Mönkemeyer, Schwamm, Tal
Münchner Rundfunk Orchester
Reinhard Goebel

Beethoven's World

Release: January 29, 2021
Label: Sony Classical

Beethoven's World
Concertos for 2 Pianos

Duo Tal & Groethuysen
Frankfurt Radio Symphony
Reinhard Goebel

Beethoven's World

Release: October 16, 2020
Label: Sony Classical


Reinhard Febel
18 Studies on "The Art of Fugue"

Duo Tal & Groethuysen

Kunst der Fuge

Release: August 14, 2020
Label: Sony Classical

Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik  

On the occasion of Clara Schumann’s 200th birthday on September 13th 2019:

Homage to Clara Schumann

Yaara and friends


Release: August 9, 2019
Label: Sony Classical

Compl. Piano Music
for four hands

Schubert: Das Gesamtwerk für Klavier zu 4 Händen

Available April 26, 2019
Label: Sony Classical


Karol Rathaus
Concerto for piano
and orchestra op. 45

Yaara Tal

Yaara Tal - Tansman

Release: February 2019
Label: The Fryderyk Chopin Institute