After winning some of the most relevant national and international chamber music competitions, Maite León (Pamplona) and Antón Dolgov (Saint Petersburg) have established themselves, despite their youth, as one of the most promising Spanish groups of the moment.
They claim the piano duo as a fundamental ensemble in the new music scene, not only because of the extensive repertoire of great quality dedicated to this formation but also because of its singularity and nature, in which the search for a common language among pianists is essential. Anton & Maite, a couple since 2011, began their activity as a duo at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Aragón, when both were studying under the guidance of pianist Miguel Ángel Ortega Chavaldas, also receiving advice from the Duo del Valle, Duo Moreno-Gistaín and Cuarteto Quiroga.
After graduating with the best marks, they specialized in the art of the piano duo with the prestigious Israeli duo Silver Garburg, at the Kunstuniversität in Graz, Austria. During this time they won 1st Prize at the Mirabent I Magrans International Competition, 1st Prize at the Luigi Zanuccoli International Competition, and 1st Prize at the Antón García Abril International Competition and was selected to perform the Poulenc Concerto in the ‘Stefaniensaal’ under the baton of maestro Ralf Weikert. In recent years, the duo has toured Europe and Asia, performing in venues such as the Grand Theatre of Harbin (China), the Grazer Musikverein (Austria), or the Saragossa Auditorium (Spain).
They carry out a large part of their concert activity in Spain and are invited to important festivals such as the Schubertíada of Vilabertrán or the Granada Festival.
The music press describes them as a duo “with great sensitivity and musical taste” with a “perfect synchronization between both pianists” (Diario de Aragón) and showing an “admirable technical perfection, musicality and strength” (Ritmo).
In 2020 they release “Essenz”, their first album, under the IBS Classical label, with works for piano four hands by Mozart, Schubert, and Mendelssohn, as well as their own transcription of the ragtime “The Serpent’s Kiss” by composer William Bolcom, revised and published by the American “Edward B. Marks” Music Company. With this project, Maite and Anton reflect on the “essence” of the piano four hands, in an album that aims to highlight the important Central European heritage for the consolidation of the genre, leaving a window open to the future.