Robert & Linda as Piano À Deux finally made it on to national television in April 2012. They were on Britain’s Got Talent, where one of the judges Amanda Holden said, “I’m sure that the Royal Family would love this!”.
The couple met on a Christian website in 2007, and soon realised they had much in common. Both pianists, they have directed music in churches; both improvise & arrange, and are song-writers. They were married in April 2008, and created “Piano À Deux” in 2010. To date, they have played in many European cities including London, Oxford and Frankfurt. Not only has their playing enthralled audiences, their verbal introductions often spiced with humour, have always left the public asking for more.
Robert studied with Dorothea Law, herself a student of Paul Baumgartner and Alfred Brendel (Vienna). He has performing and teaching diplomas from the Royal College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music (London).
Robert, a linguist, studied Hindi instead of Chinese, not knowing that he would one day marry a Mandarin speaker, who was also into languages. Combining linguistic and musical studies, he gained the Premier Prix at the Conservatoire de Lyon (France), has broadcast on BBC Radio 4, and given recitals and concerto performances throughout the UK.
Some of Robert’s songs have been published, are sung throughout the world, and some have been recorded, the most recent recording being “St. Michael le Belfry”.
Singapore born pianist Linda read a B.Mus. at Edinburgh, and obtained several diplomas before relocating to the Guildhall School of Music (London). There, she won awards like the Royal-Overseas League Accompanist’s Prize and was harpsichordist of the Guildhall String Ensemble when they won the Internationales Jeunesses Musicales Competition (Belgrade). Their European tour ended in Spain where Linda performed Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg Concerto with Jean-Pierre Rampal.
Linda has since focused on the piano, and performed extensively in the UK & Europe, in Mauritius and Singapore; appeared on Dutch and Mauritius television, Radio Scotland, Radio Oxford, Radio 3; and broadcast live on Classic FM and Premier Radio. She has recorded with several artistes and has released seven CDs of her own.
Linda was featured in the Singapore “Straits Times” and the Singapore Airlines In-flight Magazine and as cover girl for “Woman Alive” magazine.
In 2002, Janet Fairlie and Linda created “Diva, Diva” bringing music to luxury cruise liners. Since 2005, Linda, touring with her solo shows has met with critical acclaim.