Internationally acknowledged as one of the most distinguished duo-pianists of their generation, Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz sparked a major revival of interest in the two-piano concert. In 1951, these two young soloists, still in their teens, merged their individual talents to create a unique performing duo. For almost five decades they afforded audiences the world-over an unforgettable musical experience.
Stecher and Horowitz have won critical acclaim and audience bravos throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Israel, Japan and Australia. The distinguished American composer Walter Piston dedicated his Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra to the duo-pianists, and they premiered the work in 1964.
Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn in B-flat Major, Op. 56
Melvin Stecher and Norman Horowitz, Duo-Pianists
Noted performers and music educators, Stecher and Horowitz founded The Stecher and Horowitz School of the Arts in 1960. In 1975, the school in Cedarhurst, New York, became a non-profit educational institution for students of all ages and backgrounds. It was a highly regarded center for the encouragement of creative potential through its innovative learning programs.
In addition, they served as educational consultants to the publishing firm of G. Schirmer. The duo-pianists have written and edited the Stecher and Horowitz Piano Library, a comprehensive and motivating teaching series. The scope of their library ranges from beginning piano material for the young student to the highly respected college text, Keyboard Strategies. Stecher and Horowitz are equally renowned for their unique piano clinics, a series of workshops for teachers which they have given throughout North America, Japan and Australia.
Messrs. Stecher and Horowitz are as passionate about their fourth career, The Stecher and Horowitz Foundation’s New York International Piano Competition, and its programs for young artists. In all these endeavors, the virtuosity and versatility of Stecher and Horowitz have earned them an unrivaled reputation in the music world.