Atlantic Piano Duo
The Atlantic Piano Duo is an exciting ensemble featuring Classical, Modern, and world premieres of piano duo repertoire for two pianos and four hands. Formed in 2015, the duo is named after Bryan´s hometown of Atlantic, Iowa, as well as the stretch of ocean leading to Kristín's Icelandic roots. The duo has performed throughout the United States as well as Iceland (Harpa Concert Hall) and Lithuania (FortDuoFest Piano Duo Festival).
About the Artists:
Dr. Kristín Jónína Taylor
Dr. Kristín Jónína Taylor is an Icelandic-American pianist who has been enthusiastically received for her performances of Nordic piano works, including the North American premiere of Jón Nordal’s Piano Concerto in 2003 and programs by invitation in Washington D.C. for the Ambassador of Iceland and President Vigdís Finnbogadóttir. She has performed widely in the U.S. as well as in Iceland, France, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Serbia, Canada, Latvia, and Lithuania. As a foreign student in Iceland when she was 16, Kristín studied piano with Halldór Haraldsson. At the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, her mentors were Joanne Baker and Richard Cass. In June of 2006, Kristín received the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Eugene and Elizabeth Pridonoff. She has also studied in Europe with Diane Andersen, Daniel Blumenthal, Jacques Lagarde, Perfecto Garcia Chornet, Vit Gregor, and Einar-Steen Nokleberg. Dr. Taylor was the Grand Prize Winner of the Naftzger Young Artist Competition, a national finalist in the Music Teacher’s National Association Young Chang Collegiate Competition, and a finalist in the Solo Piano Professional Division of The American Prize. In 2003 she was invited to give a performance at the Classical Hall of Fame in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a soloist with several orchestras gave a performance of an all-Schumann program at the internationally prestigious Reykjavík Arts Festival.
Kristín was the recipient of a Fulbright grant to Iceland in 2004-2005 to conduct research for her doctoral thesis on Jón Nordal ’s Piano Concerto. She received another Fulbright Scholar grant award to Iceland for the Fall of 2010 to research the music of Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson. In addition, her debut CD recording The Well-Tempered Pianist: The solo piano works of Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson was released by the Iceland Music Information Centre in November 2010. Her second album, which is self-titled, was released by Pólarfónía Records in March 2011.Her third album, Thorkell Sigurbjörnsson: Short Stories for Flute and Piano, was released by Smekkleysa Records in November 2014. Her most recent album, Gone but not Forgotten, released by MarkMasters, was a collaboration with trumpeter Dr. Marc Reed and pianist Dr. Bryan Stanley on rarely-performed music for trumpet and piano.
Kristín is the Assistant Professor of Piano and Keyboard Area Coordinator at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She also serves as President of the Central Regional Chapter of College Music Society and President-Elect of the Omaha Music Teachers Association.
Kristín Jónína Taylor is a Steinway Artist.
Dr. Bryan Stanley
Dr. Bryan Stanley, an accomplished pianist-composer and collaborator, is published by Hal Leonard, Boosey & Hawkes, and G. Schirmer, which include concert arrangements of American folksongs and adaptations of Copland’s music. The Music Teachers National Association granted Dr. Stanley Honorable Mention in the 2019 Distinguished Composer of the Year Competition with his Three Concert Etudes for Piano commissioned by the Nebraska Music Teachers Association. His original compositions for piano, concerto, vocal, and chamber groups have been performed with Caritas Symphonia of San Francisco, Siaulei Piano Duo Festival in Lithuania, Harpa Symphony Hall in Iceland, Riverton Utah Symphony Orchestra, University of Nebraska in Omaha and Kearney; St. Louis Community College Orchestra, Indiana University-Southeast, Simpson College, Park City Beethoven Festival, Utah Opera, Park City Community Church, Lewis University, and KBYU radio. Last year, tenor Kyle Stegall premiered his Three Songs on Poems of Carl Sandburg at UNO. His madrigal, “Orpheus and his Lute,” was performed with the University of Nebraska Chamber Singers in 2018. His Four Songs, musical settings of poetry by Kansas Poet Laureate Wyatt Townley, were featured at Waldorf University in 2017.
He performed his first piano concerto with the University of Oklahoma Chamber Orchestra in 2000; and his second concerto with Caritas Symphonia in San Francisco in 2016. His four-harp concerto was premiered at the Salt Lake City Mormon Tabernacle in 2011. In 2007, he was a featured pianist at the Gina Bachauer International Summer Piano Festival. In 1997 the Des Moines Metro Opera premiered his one-act chamber opera, Cask of Amontillado, the result of winning a national chamber opera competition. The premiere, which he conducted, was enthusiastically reviewed in Opera News magazine.
Dr. Stanley studied piano with Robert Larsen at Simpson College (BM); Joanne Baker at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (MM); composition with Carolyn Bremer and piano with Ed Gates at the University of Oklahoma (DMA), and Robert Spillman at the Aspen Summer Music Festival. Bryan teaches piano in West Omaha and frequently collaborates with Opera Omaha.