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The Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts and San Francisco Performances are proud to present the Katona Twins.

With a repertoire that spans classical composers such as Bach, Mozart, Rodrigo, and Vivaldi, as well as arrangements of Piazzolla tangos and even pop and rock songs, the Katona Twins have become one of the world’s most visible guitar duos.

Born in Hungary (but currently residing in Liverpool, England), identical twins Peter and Zoltán Katona began their studies at the Béla Bartók Conservatory of Music in Budapest, continued their studies in Germany, and eventually finished their formal education at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Launching their career as the Katona Twins, the duo has won many coveted awards, including first prizes at the guitar duo competition in Montilmar, France, and the guitar duo competition of Bubenreuth, Germany, both in 1993. The twins won the S.T. Johnson Foundation prize in 1995, and The Laura Ashley prize in 1996. In 1997 they were winners at the Young Concert Artist Trust competition in London and in the same year they successfully auditioned for the Park Lane contemporary music group. In 1998 they won the Concert Artists Guild Competition held in New York, followed by a tour of the United States including their Carnegie Hall debut. In 2004, they were awarded the prestigious Borletti-Buitoni prize, the first guitarists in the trust's history. They were Resident Artists of San Francisco Performances from 2007 to 2011.

The Katona Twins have released seven CDs, which include albums dedicated to the works of Vivaldi and Weiss, Piazzola, Scarlatti and Handel, as well as Albéniz. Their latest work is an album of compositions by Manuel de Falla. They have given recitals in the major concert venues throughout the world including performances at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, and the Philharmonie in Berlin. In 2009, as the soloists of the "Night of the Proms" they performed live to half a million people in arenas across Europe. They have collaborated with renowned musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott, and world class ensembles, such as the BBC Concert Orchestra and the London Sinfonietta.

For their San Francisco appearance, the Katona Twins’ program will include works by Bocherini, Bach, Mangore, Bizet, Rodrigo, Albéniz, and Freddy Mercury.
The Omni Foundation for the Performing Arts and San Francisco Performances are proud to present the Katona Twins. With a repertoire that spans classical composers such as Bach, Mozart, Rodrigo, and Vivaldi, as well as arrangements of Piazzolla tangos and even pop and rock songs,...
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