Hailed for their dynamic interpretations, powerful stage presence, and elegance, the Guevara & Zhelezova Piano Duo has been praised as “impeccable, simply wonderful!” (El Sol de Orizaba, Mexico), “…great display of talent” (Diario De Morelos, Mexico) “…exotic, stunning and sensual” (Atencion San Miguel, Mexico.) Named “remarkable entertainers,” the unique duo combines the cultural heritages and temperaments of Latin America and Eastern Europe and is committed to bringing a vast repertoire ranging from Baroque to newly-commissioned works to audiences of all ages all over the world. Mexican pianist Citlalli Guevara and Bulgarian pianist Slavina Zhelezova, both winners of prestigious international competitions and awards, began their musical collaboration in 2008 as two young pianists in the highly competitive Bell’arte Foundation Program based in Brussels. Working closely under the tutelage of Philippe Entremont and Nelson delle Vigne Fabbri, the two immediately bonded based on their shared vision for the unique artistic potential of the music for piano duo. The duo debuted to a standing ovation at the Palm Beach International Piano Festival in February 2009. Since then, the duo has performed across three continents as recitalists and soloists with orchestra. Recent performance highlights include recitals at the 20th En Blanco y Negro International Piano Festival (Mexico City, Mexico), the Duo Cycle Series of UNAM (Mexico City, Mexico), Pro-Musica Concert Series (San Miguel de Allende), the Classical Series at the Cornelia Street Café (New York City) and the Harvard Club of New York Concert Series . Other festival appearances have included Taiwan National Orchestra Summer Festival, Palm Beach International Piano Festival (Palm Beach, USA), Schumann-Chopin International Piano Festival (Cuernavaca, Mexico) and Xalapa International Summer Festival (Xalapa, Mexico). Notable orchestral appearances include the highly-acclaimed Mexican premiere of Schnittke’s four-hand concerto with the Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra, appearances with Zacatecas Symphony Orchestra (Zacatecas, Mexico), Xalapa Chamber Orchestra (Xalapa, Mexico), Puebla Symphony Orchestra (Puebla, Mexico), Sonora Philharmonic Orchestra (Hermosillo, Mexico) and Michoacan Symphony Orchestra (Morelia, Mexico). The duo has toured Mexico extensively with many sold-out performances, including Teatro del Estado in Xalapa, Teatro Clavijero in Veracruz and Teatro Ocampo in Cuernavaca. In Uruapan, Mexico, the duo presented the first ever performance on two pianos to an audience of 3,000, which was televised. The duo is active in introducing audiences to duo-piano repertoire and has given the Mexican premiere of Ravel’s Bolero and Pablo Ziegler’s arrangements of Piazzolla’s tangos for two pianos. They also performed the highly-acclaimed Taiwanese premiere of Ziegler’s tango arrangements at the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra Hall in Taichung. The duo is due to release its long-anticipated debut album, Midnight Conversations on Centaur Records in the fall of 2017. In addition to their duo pursuit, both enjoy successful international career as soloists and chamber musicians. Citlalli earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Veracruz and Master of Music Degree at the Manhattan School of Music; Slavina holds Bachelor of Music degree from the Mannes College of Music, Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and is currently working on her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree at the Manhattan School of Music.