'... Accomplished artists with great sensitivity...' Jorge Sicre (former principal cellist, Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, Havana Philarmony, member of the Juilliard School pre-college faculty, NYC) '... Their art could be compared with that of early Horowitz...' William Burdick (artistic director of Nicholas Roerich Museum, NYC) '... Great artists. Cds are superb... Oleg Soldatov (principal conductor of Karelian State Philarmony, Russia; 1st prise at Toscanini World Competition) '...I loved the CDs. Thank you so much for your wonderful work. Your music stirs my soul and elevates my feelings towards my work...' Jeanne Solan (principal dancer at Netherlands dance theater, Deutsche Opera, Berlin, Germany) Marina Porchkhidze and Vladimir Shinov family team/musicians have gained recognition as pianists of uncommon versatility and imagination. They are multi-faceted artists, whose activities for about 25 years have included performing, teaching, lecturing, composing, musicological studies and poetry writing. They are alumnies of the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) State Conservatory Petrozavodsk branch (Republic of Karelia, Russia). Vladimir holds M.A. in composition and music education. Marina holds M.A. in piano performance and music education. Among their teachers were such celebrities as Nathan Perelman and Oleg Malov (piano), Josef Cohn (theory), and Eduard Patlayenko (composition). After graduation musicians lived in Karelia, republic in northern Russia near Finland, had magnetic impact on many artists-Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Roerich among many others... Throughout their careers they have performed as soloists, in chamber music and, as piano duo all over the world. In their homeland, Karelia, Vladimir and Marina were the first piano duo, who have popularised this media. Together they have appeared on several radio and television programs. Marina and Vladimir have been awarded for their outstanding performances by Russian Composers Union, 'Melody'(most prominent Russian recording firm), and Karelian State Music Forum, among many others. Musicians have been recognized as 'top-quality artists, whose performances are always highly appteciated by audiences and by professionals' 'Music and Life'-magazine During two decades (1980-2002) they have performed in more than 240 recitals and gave dozens of Master Classes. 3 documental films, dedicated to the family team/musicians-'Pianist & Composer', 'To compose an Opera', 'Romance about Two'- have been released in Russia. Porchkhidze-Shinov duo is extremely active in arts education. Teaching has remained for many years very special aspect of their crativity... Upon graduation they were appointed to the piano faculty of the Petrozavodsk College of Arts, a post lasting nearly 10 years, where they produced number of students who have gone on to professional careers. Marina and Vladimir also were the founders of one of the first private music school in Karelia. They tought children piano, music theory and literature, and directed students in writing and performing their own piano music and mini-operas. 2 operas, written by 8-11 years old students of Vladimir and Marina have been perfomed in Kostamuksha at the International Festival. Last 5 years in Karelia (1988-1993), family team have worked as hosts (prezident and vice-president) of Karelian Music Society. They have developed programs for young audiences, thus opened new perspectives for Art Education in their homeland. Since 1993 Ms.Porchkhidze and Mr.Shinov have been living in New York city, where in 1994 they established the piano studio (where more than 40 students study piano, theory and composition). The husband and wife team continues to pursue an active performing career in USA as well, and most recently they have performed at the Julliard School, Nicholas Roerich Museum, Riverside Church Theater and many other concert halls throughout the USA as well as in Russia, Finland, France, and Germany. V.Shinov is currently working at the Juilliar School, NYC as composer-accompanist.