KATONA TWINS, BIO
“The brilliant Katona Twins … Formidable virtuoso technique …. their performances
could hardly be bettered for charm, zest, wit and colouristic flair.” -
Critically acclaimed by the Daily Telegraph as “the classical world’s best known
guitar duo,” Peter and Zoltán Katona effortlessly transfer from strictly classical,
into more popular musical genres. 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 played together with renowned musicians such as Yo-
The Katona Twins have won numerous prizes, both individually and together. In 1993
they won first prize at the most prestigious duo-
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-
The wide repertoire of the duo spans from Bach and Mozart to Piazzolla’s tango music to their arrangements of pop classics. Their programs also include concertos for two guitars and orchestra by Rodrigo, Vivaldi, Piazzolla and Tedesco. Several composers have written and dedicated their works to the Katona Twins.
The Katona Twins have been invited on numerous occasions to record for the BBC and other international television and radio stations. Their CD releases include music by Scarlatti and Handel; Rodrigo; Albéniz, Piazzolla and Manuel de Falla.
The Katona Twins studied both individually and as a guitar duo in Budapest, Frankfurt and at the Royal Academy of Music in London. During their studies their teachers included Julian Bream and John Williams. Peter and Zoltán Katona were born in Hungary; they are German citizens and live in Liverpool, England.