Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56b Johannes Brahms
In recent seasons duo-pianists Redekopp & Edwards have performed at the Indiana University Liszt Mini-Fest, released two CDs of duo-piano music, completed their second concert tour of Japan, made their radio broadcast debut on “Live from WFMT Chicago: the Fazioli Salon Series” and released CD/DVD recordings of a live performance of “The Mennonite Piano Concerto with Audience Hymn Sing.” They have also recently performed a concert for the Music Institute of Chicago in Evanston Winter Duo-Piano Festival, the Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center Concert Series in Rockford, at the University of Chicago, Murray State University, University of Arkansas, Gordon College, University of Manitoba, and Kings University College in Edmonton.
In addition to a three-week tour of Japan and South Korea and performances in England, their concerts have included guest appearances with the Kenosha Symphony, the DuPage Symphony, the Bel Canto Chorus, the West Suburban Choral Union and Orchestra, and the Sullivan Chamber Ensemble. They have also performed concerts on the Valley Concert Society Artist Series in Abbotsford, British Columbia, the Green Lake Festival at Lawrence University, the Paine Art Center and Arboretum Concert Series in Oshkosh, the Evenings at the Bernsen Concert Series in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and other concert series; and at the University of Kentucky at Lexington, Illinois Wesleyan University, Western Illinois University, Goshen College, and numerous other colleges and universities.
Mark Edwards is the organist, pianist, and harpsichordist of Baker Memorial United Methodist Church in St. Charles and maintains a studio as an independent teacher of piano, organ, and harpsichord. Karin Redekopp Edwards is professor of piano at Wheaton College. In 2013 Wheaton College honored her with the prestigious Senior Scholar Achievement Award for her excellence in performing and teaching. Recognized as accomplished soloists, each performs regularly with orchestra, in recital and in chamber music concerts. Mark Edwards, a graduate of Eastman School of Music (studying with Cecile Genhart) and Indiana University, has served on the piano faculties of Augustana College (SD), Carthage College, and Milwaukee Area Technical College, and as pianist and vocalist with the U.S. Air Force Band. Karin Redekopp Edwards, a graduate of the University of Manitoba and Indiana University (master and doctoral degrees), has taught at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and at Carroll College. She has also served as pianist for the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus and as keyboardist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, working with Robert Shaw, Lukas Foss, Rafael Frubeck de Burgos, Zdenek Macal, Mitch Miller, and Margaret Hawkins. The husband-and-wife team met while studying with Abbey Simon at Indiana University.