Since its inception in 2009, ZOFO has made some remarkable achievements:
TWO GRAMMY NOMINATIONS: 2013 Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and Producer of the Year, Classical for their debut CD MIND MELD
FIRST PLACE: 2010 Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition
CARNEGIE HALL concert debut May 2010
FINALISTS: 2011 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition – only piano duo to be elevated to the final round
MULTI-DISC RECORDING CONTRACT with GRAMMY Award winning Sono Luminus Records
STEINWAY ARTIST ENSEMBLE designation conferred by Steinway & Sons
12 SELF-COMMISSIONED WORKS by noted composers including Pulitzer Prize winner William Bolcom, Gabriela Lena Frank and Terry Riley
NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCES at a wide variety of concert venues across the US, Europe and Japan, including intimate, informal spaces, colleges and universities, and major concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Tokyo Opera Recital Hall and Tonhalle Zurich
BROADCAST MEDIA ATTENTION: featured multiple times on prominent radio programs such as American Public Media’s Performance Today, WFMT Chicago’s Impromptu, and KING Seattle’s Second Inversion, among many others.
Since joining forces as a professional duo in 2009, internationally acclaimed solo pianists Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi - ZOFO - have electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo, Japan with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands. This GRAMMY-nominated, prize-winning Steinway Artist Ensemble - one of only a handful of duos worldwide devoted exclusively to piano duets - is blazing a bold new path for piano-four-hands groups by focusing on 20th and 21st century repertoire and by commissioning new works from noted composers each year.
ZOFO, which is shorthand for 20-finger orchestra (ZO=20 and FO=finger orchestra), believes the piano duet is the most intimate form of chamber music, with two musicians playing individual parts on one instrument in a complex, often beautiful choreography of four hands.
Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann on the red carpet at the GRAMMY Awards, Los Angeles