In 2008, Armenian saxophonist Koryun Asatryan and Basque accordionist Enrique Ugarte – both have called Munich their home for many years now – have come together to form an extraordinary duo formation. The two outstanding musicians have been awarded with numerous prizes in the past.
Enrique Ugarte learned his instrument at the age of four. The accordionist has been awarded the following titles: European champion in Tilbourg (Netherlands) and Vice World Champion at the Accordion World Championships in Recanati (Italy). He was also winner of the “Coupe Noel de Paris” and received many other international awards. He regularly performs in the largest concert halls in Europe such as the Munich Philharmonic, where he has worked with Chick Corea, Till Brönner and Giora Feidman, just to name a few. He has also appeared on television in Germany, Spain, and Russia. As a sought-after conductor, he works together with internationally renowned orchestras. As a composer, he writes commissioned compositions for film, theatre, symphonic music, opera and musicals. In the absence of original literature he composes and transcribes most of the works for the duo himself.
From an early age, young saxophonist Koryun Asatryan was predicted a world career. Even before his graduate recital in Cologne, he was touted by the press as a “sensational artist” – a fact proven by the countless awards he has received (almost exclusively first prizes at EUROVISION Lucerne, Pacem in Terris in Bayreuth, Int. Gustav Bumcke Competition, International Aeolus Brass Competition in Dusseldorf, Woodwind Competition “hülsta woodwinds” in Münster, Special Prize of the Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben as well as scholarships from the Vladimir Spivakov Foundation, the Werner Richard Dr Carl Dörken Foundation and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. His latest award was the Music Prize of the Association of German Concert Directorates.). Koryun Asatryan performs worldwide and has been a guest at renowned festivals, such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival or the Lucerne Festival.
The duo’s programme includes popular works in sophisticated arrangements, including Darius Milhaud’s “Brasileira”, Vittorio Monti’s “Csardas”, Aram Khachaturian, Maurice Ravel’s “Bolero”, Piazzolla and Bizet, as well as traditional Klezmer such as “Goldene Khassene” and “Shiri Freilach”.