The Rice Brothers, Johnny & Chris
Pianists, Cellists, Instrumentalists, Ensemble
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"The very popular virtuoso pianists and cellists, Johnny and Chris Rice, gave their debut concert in Carnegie Hall and completely wow'd the audience ... What a thrilling, flawless concert!"

Doug Benton

Gold Canyon Ledger



BIOGRAPHY
The Rice Brothers, Johnny and Chris, are young Polish-American musicians. Each is an accomplished artist as a pianist, and also as a cellist. They have performed extensively in the United States, in New York City, including their Carnegie Hall debut in 2014, and in such places as Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, and in many parts of their native southwest region of the United States. Internationally, they have performed in Warsaw, Poland, where they were the featured artists at the June 2014 World Music Day celebration; Vienna and Salzburg, Austria; Munich, Germany; and Budapest, Hungary. Between the two of them, Johnny and Chris have been soloists with The Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Mesa Symphonies, as well as The Symphony of the Southwest. In 2015, Johnny and Chris were named the Directors for Arizona of the Chopin Foundation of the United States Southwest Council. Their Carnegie Hall debut in 2014 followed each having been named a gold medalist at an international Chopin piano competition.
The Rice Brothers feature a unique blend of classical music, Gospel, jazz, ragtime and boogie-woogie, along with a historical perspective of the great composers and the times in which they lived. They have performed in the widest range of settings, including concert halls, churches, schools and house concerts. Their performances and presentations have been enthusiastically received by audiences of all ages and from all walks of life. They are committed to the expansion of the audience for classical music, and toward this end, spend a great deal of time reaching out to members of younger generations.
Johnny and Chris have studied in the private studio of Robert Hamilton, Steinway Artist and Professor of Piano at Arizona State University. In 2014, they pursued advanced studies in Europe with Johannes Kropfitsch, Director of Piano at The Vienna Conservatory. They were long-time students of Taki Atsumi, Professor of Cello at Arizona State University and, for 35 years, President of the American Cello Congress. They have worked in master class and more extended settings with artists such as cellist Mstislav Rostropovich, and Philip Kawin, Professor of Piano at the Manhattan School of Music.