The mother and daughter piano/harp duo - Duo Praxedis - conveys a particular feeling of joy and musical eloquence through the unusual combination both of their instruments and their personal relationship.
Full of enthusiasm and dedicated to bringing this rich repertoire before a wider audience, this exceptional Swiss harp and piano chamber-music duo has been delighting the public since 1996 both in classical and contemporary repertoire and with their own arrangements of renowned works.
Praxedis Hug’s talent as a pianist, together with Praxedis Hug-Rütti’s prowess as a harpist enables them both to perfect their creative range and unique soundscape.
The Duo's extensive discography on the Guild, Paladino and Preiser labels .reflects both its breadth of repertoire and its diversity in performing both traditional and modern works, made possible by the well-balanced aesthetic between the harp and piano. In addition to the duo CDs, Praxedis Hug has also recently released a 2CD set on Sony Music of Liszt’s Solo Piano works.
In 2014, Duo Praxedis won a Distinguished Services Award from the UBS Culture Foundation for the Duo's contribution to contemporary composition..
In March 2016 at the Berlin Philharmonic, Duo Praxedis performed a Mozart Piano-Harp concert (K. 365 Concerto for Two Pianos) alongside the Berlin Camerata, with a cadenza by Carl Rütti plus an encore by John Thomas 'Souvenir de Bal', whose complete works will soon be released on CD. In 2014, Duo Praxedis premiered a double concerto, commissioned by Oliver Waespi for performance at the Tonhalle in Zurich.
Works arranged by the Duo also receive critical acclaim in the international press. In December 2015, Pizzicato Magazine from Luxemburg wrote: “ … most eloquent and charming...evokes the most beautiful ambiance”.
The Duo's latest recording 'From Praxedis with Love' (Paladino/Summer 2016) contains works by Eilenberg, Gottschalk, Lehár, Nicolai, Rossini, Saint-Saëns, von Sauer and Weber.
Duo PRAXEDIS regularly performs at internationally renowned festivals, such as Schloss Esterházy, Eisenstadt and Engadin-Festival and Praxedis Hug-Rütti appears regularly with prestigious orchestras at the Lucerne and Gstaad Festivals.