Duo Mundi George & Guli have thrilled audiences around the country with their exciting, innovative, diverse, and intimate programming style. They have explored music for both one piano four hands and two piano four hands in the standard and contemporary repertoire as well as commissioned new works by national and international composers such as Ratko Delorko and Lucas Richman. Lauded as “…breathing the same artistic air…” with an adrenaline of communication that captivates audiences of every generation, Duo Mundi G & G create beautifully synchronized performances that engage both the eye and the ear in a dance of emotions. Since their inception in 2018, Duo Mundi G & G have given standing room only performances of Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story for the centenary celebration of the composer’s birth and given their two piano program “Immigration and Opportunity” with works by composers inspired by or writing in foreign lands from their birth. Recently they were invited to perform and give master classes throughout the US including venues in New York City, Kansas, Colorado, California, Texas, Florida, and Oklahoma. In addition to their 2022-2023 concert season, they have performed in Mexico and just this summer 2022 premiered their four-hand arrangement of Chinese composer Shi Fu’s Tajik Drum Dance at the 44th International European Piano Teachers Association Conference in Portugal. Their upcoming recording projects include Music of the Americas, music written for and/or inspired by children, and Rachmaninov’s works for two pianos and four hands for the 150th anniversary of his birth in 2023.
As highly experienced pedagogues and clinicians with over 50 years of combined teaching experience, Duo Mundi G & G have developed many workshops and lectures dedicated to the growth of pianists of all levels with topics ranging from technique and interpretation to style and phrasing of 18th and 19th century composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Schumann, and contemporary composers of the 20th and 21st century like Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Bartok. Many of their students have gone on to their own careers in performing and teaching around the world.
The Robert Beckwith Artist-in-Residence at Bowdoin College, George Lopez, has been a dedicated and dynamic performer, sought-after pedagogue, and engaging lecturer for over 30 years. Known for his “…kaleidoscopic colors and clarity of conception…” (LA Times) in the standard repertoire as well as being a champion of newly written works, his debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam was lauded as “… authentic and memorable …” by the Nederlands Dagblad for his interpretation of Bach’s Goldberg Variations. He has performed worldwide as a soloist in Europe, Mexico, Central and South America, Australia, Japan, and throughout the U.S., including Harvard, Tanglewood, New York’s Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie, Benaroya Hall in Seattle, and Ambassador Hall in Los Angeles. His multi-cultural “Music in the Museum” series at Bowdoin College consistently sells out to audiences who enjoy his creative and engaging lecture-recitals on the relationship of music, arts, and its cultural history. Mr. Lopez is a frequent guest artist with chamber ensembles nationally and internationally including Rainier, Skyros, Emerson, Carpe Diem, and Ying Quartets.
Gulimina Mahamuti is the first Uyghur from China to receive a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the U.S. She made her Carnegie debut in New York City at Weill Recital Hall and has performed internationally in Montreal, Copenhagen, Istanbul, Budapest (at the invitation of the Turkish Ambassador), and across the U.S. and China, broadcasting on these nations’ radio and TV programs. She has performed piano concerti with the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra, Mansfield Symphony Orchestra, and Harbin Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and was featured on the radio in San Francisco, Queens College/CUNY podcast, China Touch Radio, and Istanbul Technical University Radio. Gulimina was on the piano faculty at Ohio Wesleyan University, Capital University, and at the School of Music of Northwest University for Nationalities in China. She has presented at the MTNA and NCKP conferences and lectured at the 44th International European Piano Teachers Association Conference. She has published articles in Clavier Companion and released her CD, Xinjiang Piano Music from Western China, in 2012. Gulimina Mahamuti serves on the national committee of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at MTNA and has been nominated as one of two national candidates for the DEI Vice Presidential position at MTNA. For more information, visit www.gulimina.com