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george barton & siwan rhys, piano and percussion duo, with toy piano © dejan mrdja

GBSR Duo, comprising George Barton (percussion) and Siwan Rhys (piano), is acquiring a national reputation for exceptional interpretations of the existing piano-percussion repertoire, well-chosen commissions, committed performances of new works, and inventive collaborations.

With a keen emphasis on commissioning and repertoire-building complemented by the respect and trust of composers, recent world premieres include works from Eva-Maria Houben, CHAINES, Arne Gieshoff, Oliver Sellwood and many others, and European and UK premieres of works by Nicole Lizée, Barbara Monk Feldman, Eric Wubbels and others. Meanwhile their interest in cross-disciplinary and experimental work has led to ongoing collaborations with Angharad Davies, Dejan Mrdja, Cameron Graham and other artists.

Their recording of Stockhausen's KONTAKTE was released in October 2019 by all that dust. Described as “a landmark performance” by Tom Service on BBC Radio 3, it was made album of the week in The Guardian.

Their recording of Oliver Leith's good day good day bad day bad day, a 45-minute piece written for the duo after long collaboration with the composer, and their Barbara Monk Feldman portrait disc, Verses, were released on Another Timbre in 2020 and 2021 to widespread critical acclaim.

See the releases page for full details.

Recent performances include Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Presteigne Festival, Music We'd Like to Hear, Vale of Glamorgan festival and Music at Oxford. They were also Featured Artists at the 2019 Hartley Residency, University of Southampton, and Artists in Residence at the Vale of Glamorgan Festival 2020.

See the concerts page for upcoming events.

Radio broadcasts include performances of new works on BBC R3's, Night Tracks, New Music Show, Late Junction and In Tune, BBC World Service's The Arts Hour, BBC R6's Freak Zone, RTÉ's Sound Out, Radio Regent Toronto's The Moderns, and PBS Australia's The Sound Barrier. The duo has also been featured on the Music We'd Like to Hear and Soundmaking podcasts.

Individually they perform as soloists and chamber musicians, and work with ensembles including the Colin Currie Group, London Sinfonietta, Apartment HouseBritten Sinfonia, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, CBSO, Nash Ensemble, OAE, London Contemporary Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, 12 Ensemble and many others.

GBSR Duo is an hcmf// Fielding Talent artist.

photo © dejan mrdja