Lidija and Sanja Bizjak studied in Belgrade before joining Jacques Rouvier's class at the Paris Conservatoire several years later. After initially pursuing careers as soloists, they launched also their duo career performing for the first time Medelssohn's concerto in 2002 with the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra. They won two special prizes at the ARD Munich Piano Duo competition in 2005. Their last CD for Onyx Classics dedicated to Poulenc Double piano concerto and Martiny Double piano concerto is receiving great critical acclaim from BBC Magazine, Gramophone, Télérama, Irish Time, MusicInternational.com…
Two pianos, four hands, one virtuosity: the Bizjak sisters take the listener away, while revealing one of Martinu's most unknown score.
"The multi-awarded tandem takes the listener far away by adding a dimension of joyfull complicity and of tenacious virtuosity to this tradition. Their Rite of Spring (cf. Stravinsky CD) brought back the dazzling freshness of the original four-hands version, played by Stravinsky and Debussy, a few months before the scandal of the Parisian creation in 1913. This marvellous and glaring CD, made us wonder how the duo could possibly repeat this recording masterstroke … They made it thanks to their curiosity, their knowledge of the repertoire and the complicity of the young Polish conductor Radoslaw Szulc."
"The Bizjak tandem celebrates the eternal Rite of Spring. We were KO'd! Two sisters, born in Belgrade, take up this challenge with a stunning brio. This black and white, x-rayed Stravinski's version is better than a lesson of symphonic anatomy: it is a study of algebra and musical alchemy." FFFF"