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Johann Franz Xaver Sterkel – Duo for Violin and Viola in F major, StWV 203/3

Catch the online premiere of string duo 2 to Link featuring Miki Takahashi (violin) and Adam Romer (viola). Filmed in the beautiful Violin Room at Turner Violin’s, they perform a string duet by 18th-century German composer Johannes Sterkel. As part of 2 to Link, Miki and Adam bring to life unusual, charming and quirky historical repertoire from the classical era for violin and viola.

**VIRTUAL DUO – PLAY WITH MIKI & ADAM!**

Play with Miki & Adam in a Virtual Duo!

We invite instrumentalists of all ages to learn this music at home and have a go at playing the Sterkel Duo – Andante 2nd movement alongside 2 to Link. Send us a video of yourself playing your preferred part, and we’ll link your performance together with Miki or Adam as a virtual duo.

Here are the directions for how to participate:

  1. Download the Sheet Music below for the part that you want to play.
  2. Click on one of the videos below and play alongside Miki and Adam. There is a countdown that will help you before you start.
  3. Videorecord yourself playing your part, either using your mobile, tablet, or camera.
  4. Send your video to info@nottchamberfest.com, along with your Name and City of Residence. 
  5. We’ll put your video together with either Miki or Adam, and you’ll get to see your virtual performance duet!

Play Along Videos

Sheet Music

Violin part Viola part Score

About 2 to Link

2 to Link is a historical violin/viola Duo ensemble with Miki Takahashi (violin) and Adam Romer (viola). The two musicians met while they were both studying with Prof. Lorand Fenyves, who at the time was a musical guru in the city of Toronto, Canada. Since then, Miki and Adam have been playing together internationally in various ensembles and orchestras. As a duo, and they have played concerts worldwide, including in Canada, Japan, Hungary, Germany, East Timor and of course, in UK. As you might have guessed, Miki and Adam are also married and have 2 children.

2 to Link is not a usual violin/viola duo. They aim to liven up the music from the classical era (last half of 18th Century – early 19th Century) by using “historical” or “period” instruments, which means their violin and viola are set up as it used to be back then. Miki and Adam also hold degrees from University of Arts in Berlin in baroque violin/viola performance, and they apply their knowledge to truly bring up the spirits of the music they love.

Miki Takahashi is also a member of the Feinstein Ensemble and Turini Ensemble, and she performs regularly with major period ensembles in UK, such as the English Concert, Gabrielli Consort and Early Opera Company. Adam is Section Leader violist of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, a violist of the Solomon Quartet and a leader of his own Hungarian folk band, “Folktone.”

There are many unknown gems of violin/viola duets from the classical period, and 2 to Link hopes to convey the charm of this wonderful music to wider audiences.

About Turner Violins

Pass through the doors of Nottingham business Turner Violins, and you’ll enter the world of musical curiosities and fine violins. Turner Violins specialises in the repairs, restoration, and sale of fine old violins, violas, cellos, double basses and their bows. They also carry a wide selection of modern instruments and accessories for students to learn stringed instruments. Located in Beeston, Nottingham, Turner Violins has been doing business for over 25 years and has a repair workshop. Their showroom is open to the public to view instruments and learn more about the shop’s history.