Duo Sequenza’s dynamic performances have received enthusiastic standing ovations from audiences throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Comprised of flutist Debra Silvert, hailed as a “gem of a flutist,” and classical guitarist Paul Bowman, critically acclaimed as being “among the best guitarists in the world,” and a well-known tour de force in contemporary music, the Duo has specialized in making even the most challenging new music accessible to all audiences.
The 2015-16 season will mark Duo Sequenza’s long anticipated return to concertizing after a long hiatus during which Silvert homeschooled her four children, and Bowman continued his high flying career trajectory without her!
Their 1990 tour of Asia and Europe consisted of classical concerts throughout Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Switzerland and the Netherlands, highlighted by their formal European Debut at the Palais de L’Athenee in Geneva at The European International Festival that summer. Only thirty artists were selected for this honor, from an applicant pool of more than 1400. Much of the Duo’s domestic touring was underwritten by the Presenter Touring Programs of the Indiana Arts Commission and Arts Midwest. From 1989 until 1992, Duo Sequenza were the Artists in Residence at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster, Indiana. Chosen to present the New Composer’s Concert at the Bar Harbor (Maine) Music Festival, it was there that they gave the world premiere of their first commission, Rondo Caprice, Op. 35 by the iconic Easley Blackwood.
"What an absolutely marvelous concert! You folks can play -- and play beautifully -- whatever you're given...You're a very talented pair!" -- James Park
"...delighted with your performance of my piece. It was a great first performance of a very difficult work!"
-- Laura Kaminsky
"Thanks so much for the exotic array of programs. I feel honored to have been represented by you in so many places!" -- Ned Rorem
“…great subtlety of tone and breadth of dynamic expression, virtuosity and skill…a wonderful performance…one of the finest flute and guitar duos…” --The New Buffalo Times
“Collaboration and virtuosity of a high order…a dramatic display…imaginative…rhythmically alive…they visibly enjoy themselves.”
--The Hammond Times
“…dancing…poignant…refreshing…as far as musical qualities are concerned, Duo Sequenza brings delightful surprises.”
--Graafschapbode (The Netherlands)
“The duo, as the occasion demanded, were brilliant, gossamer, and completely engaging. They’re a delight to hear…a fascinating afternoon of music.”
--Frederick Ott for Arts Indiana Magazine