D&B Pianoduo was established in 2006 by pianists Dubravka Vukalović and Bruno Vlahek under mentorship of Swedish pianist Dag Achatz. Passion for the instrument and the pleasure of playing together brought them to this decision. On their first very concert in Lausanne when they performed works by Rachmaninov and Bernstein, they attracted a great interest of audience and critics. This resulted in their further presence at concert stages and international music festivals in many European countries and China. In their homeland, as the first Croatian pianists ever, they performed in 2011, with great public and critical acclaim, Olivier Messiaen’s „Visions of Amen“ at the 50th anniversary of the Music Biennale Zagreb. Their repertoire contains the original compositions as well as arrangements for two pianos and one piano four-hands; of different styles – from old masters to the most recent musical creations of the 21st century. In 2013 they were laureates of the Monaco International Competition for Piano-4-Hands. In the same year they made their debut in China, where they performed in some of the largest concert halls, where the reviews emphasized the ‘brilliant virtuosity of their dialogue’. They made a CD with works by, among others, Bernstein, De Falla and Milhaud. If they are not on tour, the duo lives in Madrid.
Dubravka Vukalovic Vlahek (1984, Varaždin) studied in the Central Music School of the Tchaikovsky State Conservatory of Moscow, at the Conservatory in Lausanne (with Dag Achatz and Jean-François Antonioli). In 2010 she obtained her Master’s degree with Ricardo Castro. At the age of 14 she debuted as a soloist with the Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra and then won the 1st prize at the Zagreb International Piano Competition in 2000. She regularly performs as a soloist and chamber musician throughout Europe, in Asia, South America and Russia. Her concert performances were recorded and broadcasted on TV and radio stations in Croatia, The Netherlands, Russia, Spain and on Radio Suisse Romande (Espace 2).
Bruno Vlahek (1986, Zagreb) finished his postgraduate studies at the Conservatoire de Lausanne with Jean-François Antonioli and at the Hochschule für Musik in Cologne with Vassily Lobanov, where he also studied composition and improvisation. From 2010 to 2013 he studied with the legendary Dmitri Bashkirov at the Queen Sofía College of Music in Madrid. Bruno won 1st prizes at several international piano competitions such as “Alexander Scriabin” in Paris (2010) and was laureate at the 6th China Shanghai International Piano Competition (2012) and the Concours International de Piano de Lyon (2016). He received an honorary doctorate from H.M. Queen Sofía of Spain. He regularly recites and performs with leading orchestras around the world, in venues such as Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Liszt Academy in Budapest, Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, Gasteig in Munich, Mozarteum in Salzburg and at festivals such as Bolzano , Dubrovnik, Vienna, Moscow, Dar es Salaam and Verbier. Bruno is also successful as a composer: more than 40 orchestral, chamber, solo and choral works have been performed on five continents. In 2012 he won the 1st prize at the XXXIII International competition for organ works “Cristobal Halffter” in Spain. His works have been published in the United Kingdom and the US.