O Duo is opening Portsmouth Festivities on Friday 15 June.
Oliver Cox and Owen Gunnell formed O Duo in 2000 while studying at the Royal College of Music. In 2002 they made their Edinburgh Fringe Festival debut with their show, ‘Bongo Fury’, which they played over 25 times to sell-out crowds and critical acclaim. This led to them returning to the Fringe for two more years, and also laid a platform for their future success in a number of competitions, including being selected by Young Concert Artists Trust for representation in 2005.
Since then, O Duo has gone from strength to strength, giving recitals all around the world, performing both chamber music and concertos in many of the country’s top concert halls, playing in Hyde Park for the Last Night of the Proms, as well as commissioning many new works and inspiring countless children (and adults!) around the world with their virtuosic performances, laid-back presentation and passion for both percussion and music in general.
O Duo’s repertoire spans more than 300 years and is an invigorating mix of popular classics and accessible contemporary music played on two marimbas, vibraphone and a huge array of percussion. They continue to be passionate about commissioning new work and expanding the percussion duo repertoire.
Read more about them at the link below.
Watch them play Chopin’s Minute Waltz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMCtFxYNoVM&feature=youtu.be