Piano Boys Farewell Concert

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Piano Boys Farewell Concert
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By Robert Bernstein

The Piano Boys Zeyn and Rhyan Schweyk explain themselves on their web site:
"We're 16 and 17 year-old brothers who have been playing classical piano since 5, composing since 8, performing publicly everywhere since 9, and teaching music to all ages since 12. We aspire to spread the incredible beauties and benefits of classical music, and to inspire everyone, the youth especially, to enjoy the genre more and to play an instrument."

We have been very fortunate for years to experience their wonderful music in various public places, ranging from Camino Real Marketplace to State Street. As well as at a variety of formal concerts, including at the Music Academy of the West.

It was a bittersweet experience to attend their superb Farewell Concert this past weekend at the First United Methodist Church to a full house. They are heading off to college at Johns Hopkins to study biomedical engineering as well as continuing their music studies at the Peabody Conservatory. The same place that Leonard Bernstein studied!

They kindly posed for me before the concert.

Of course they wore their piano ties and matching piano socks!

Here is a PDF scan of the concert program. Here are all of my photos and videos.

For most of the concert they played on a nested pair of pianos, with Zeyn directly in front of us, his hands a blur of skilled performance.

I selected a few videos that show off some of their fastest movements. Interestingly, for these fastest movements I noticed they put the sheet music away and played completely from memory. First is the Bach Concerto for Two Pianos in C Minor which is cataloged as BWV 1062.

Next is a piece they composed called Ricordi Andalusi.

Finally, the Mozart Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major cataloged as K 448.

To keep up with the Piano Boys, please see their website https://www.sbpianoboys.com/ and their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SBPianoBoys/

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willow Aug 19, 2022 07:16 AM
Piano Boys Farewell Concert

Thank you - a lovely treat with my morning coffee! What an amazing couple of young men - best of luck in all of your exciting endeavors!

Luvaduck Aug 19, 2022 08:04 AM
Piano Boys Farewell Concert

What talent and perserverance. Even with midns and hands <able> to such a thing, the hours and dedication it must have taken to get to this point. Since they perform as a duo--and hopefully enjoy that--I wonder what it will mean for the rest of their lives. Will they live near each other? Travel and play together? (Will their wives get along<G>?)

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