"ZOFO's feisty performances surge with athletic precision, always mindful of how much joy there is in the music."
- WASHINGTON POST
- LOS ANGELES TIMES
"What happens when you sit two internationally acclaimed solo pianists down at one piano? ...you get something energetically and electrifyingly out of this world."
It was clear from this performance alone that ZOFO have talent and artistry in abundance and over the coming years, they will surely add to their GRAMMY Award nominations, prestigious competition achievements and distinguished concert venue debuts... read more
- SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
"There was something sensual and almost erotic about watching these two pianists weave upper limbs while performing so seamlessly as one."
- SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE
In five years of existence the dynamic piano duo ZOFO has racked up two GRAMMY nominations and a competition win. Perhaps more impressively, they’ve given 11 world premieres of commissioned works. They brought the latest of these, by William Bolcom, to Morrison Artists Series at SFSU on Sunday afternoon, while dazzling the audience in a program of contemporary works. All told, ZOFO has chemistry that makes musical and dramatic sparks ferociously fly....read more
"ZOFO delivers the recital with technical elan and expressive spontaneity"
- BALTIMORE SUN
"Believe me, with the rapturous noise that these two make, with infinite gradations of perfectly placed dynamics, you will experience the piano in a whole new way."
- AUDIOPHILE AUDITION
This astounding album completely took me by surprise. Normally I am averse—or at least highly suspicious—of piano four-hands, but ZOFO, or better yet, pianists Eva-Marie Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi knocked my socks off with this recording...read more
"...vibrant, beautifully blended playing"
- SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
The dynamic Bay Area piano duo of Keisuke Nakagoshi and Eva-Maria Zimmermann follows up its GRAMMY-nominated "Mind Meld" with a new CD marked by brilliant sound and a suave deployment of four hands at one piano...read more
"Four-hands-one-piano performances are a dime a dozen, but not the ZOFO way...Simply gorgeous."
- SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE
The pianists have their distinct voices, but the combination is an integrated whole, similar to a great orchestra's fusion of individual instruments...read more
"The sound quality is excellent, spacious and clear. Recommended."
- FANFARE MAGAZINE
The best parts of this program are the pieces originally intended for the medium. Debussy’s languorous Épigraphs Antiques are ideal for this duo, which responds winningly to the subtle colors and delicacy of the writing. I would go so far as to say this is the finest recording I know of this sensual work...read more
"Promises to be the highpoint of next spring"
-SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER REVIEW, MOSH PIT PRE-RELEASE CONCERT
Today’s program presented a variety of dance-related compositions, each with its own characteristic style...Nakagoshi and Zimmermann had no trouble getting into the spirit of things, even with a bit of their own dance moves as they changed places for the middle section and then back again for the return of the rumba...read more
Best CDs of the Year
- MICHAEL ZWIEBACH, SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE
"I’m really happy that this duo-piano team, which SFCV has been following for some time, was recognized with a Grammy nomination. This ingratiating, virtuosic CD, which ends with an arrangement of The Rite of Spring, is worth more than one listen"...read more
"Their performance was beyond brilliant."
- SLOAN MACRAE, MANAGING AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR, PERFORMING ARTS LIVE, SHENANDOAH CONSERVATORY
"Every recital they give never fails to astonish, but just as important is that every program they prepare has at least one item that never fails to amuse."
-SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER
The composition that best serves up astonishment and amusement in equal measure it most likely “Let’s play a duet!” by Tomohiro Moriyama, (with its) intricate choreography of hand and arm crossings...read more