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Anagnoson & Kinton Biography


"The dazzler of the evening was the Mozart Concerto for Two Pianos K. 365.  Anagnoson & Kinton played with expertise and personal flair - their interaction is seamless and brilliant to watch.  The duo received an emphatic standing ovation."

The Victoria Times-Colonist,  2006.

James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton


"...virtuoso brilliance, balanced ensemble, musical clarity and stylistic assurance..." 

The Globe and Mail


“Twenty-five years ago, two solo pianists -- a native Bostonian named James Anagnoson and a native Torontonian named Leslie Kinton -- decided to team up for a series of three concerts as a duo piano team.  The rest, as the saying goes, is history.

Long since recognized as Canada’s leading duo pianists, Anagnoson and Kinton turned up at the St. Lawrence Centre’s Jane Mallet Theatre Tuesday night with a pair of Yamaha grands to celebrate their anniversary. An appreciative full house turned up with them."

(Music Toronto Chamber Series)

Music Critic William Littler, The Toronto Star (9 December 2001)

"Synchronicity" is used to describe an intuitive, almost inexplicable co-ordination in timing between people. It could surely be used to describe the outstanding duo piano artistry of James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton.  Rich in history, Anagnoson & Kinton are entering a remarkable fourth decade of performances.  And like finer things in life, their reputation and legacy grow richer each year. 


This legendary duo has enchanted audiences throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and China.  In 2008, Anagnoson & Kinton expanded their presence into Russia where they performed in St. Petersburg’s Glazunov Hall.  With many performances scheduled throughout the 2012 - 13 season, upcoming highlights include concerts in Poland, and a programme of Beethoven’s complete piano duets including the Grosse Fuge op. 134 (the composer’s own arrangement). 


The Anagnoson & Kinton Duo continues to push toward new artistic horizons.  In addition to performing with the major orchestras in Canada, they have expanded in innovative musical directions.  They have performed Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring alongside Ballet BC and this past season with a video of the dance choreographed by the great Pina Bausch at the Toronto Summer Music Festival.


As both performers and scholars, Anagnoson & Kinton hold distinguished places in academic circles. James Anagnoson is the Dean of The Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music.  He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and holds a Masters Degree from The Juilliard School.  Leslie Kinton is a professor of piano performance at the University of Western Ontario and is also on the faculty of The Glenn Gould School.  He holds a Masters degree and a Ph.D. in music theory from the University of Toronto.


Anagnoson & Kinton, like most outstanding ensembles, are actually greater than the sum of their parts.  Or to quote Richard Dyer in The Boston Globe, “As individuals, they seem to have no technical shortcomings at all; in tandem, they are more than twice as good." And getting better.

Anagnoson & Kinton are Yamaha Artists and have recorded for ProArte, CBC’s SM5000, and CBC’s Musica Viva.


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