The Piano Brothers are Dominic Anthony Ferris and Elwin Hendrijanto.
In February 2012, The Piano Brothers recorded their debut EP at Abbey Road Studios and since then have been working closely with international piano brand Steinway & Sons.
After spending many months perfecting the live experience, Dominic and Elwin produced their first major public outing ‘The Piano Brothers: Live at Steinway Hall’ in March 2013, to an audience of invited guests from the British music and theatre industry. Steinway managing director, Craig Terry, said of the event “The Piano Brothers performance was so creative and exciting, I didn’t want it to end”.
Dominic and Elwin met whilst training at the Royal College of Music. In 2009, their respective piano professors, Nigel Clayton and Andrew Ball, suggested they should meet, and the rest in history. Soon after their initial meeting, Dominic asked Elwin to collaborate with him at his final recital in March 2010. They performed the double piano version of Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
The duo continued to workshop commercial piano ideas and went about juxtaposing commercial music styles; Elwin coming from a film music background, and Dominic from musical theatre. For their 2012 Abbey Road EP, it was decided that they would feature their own arrangement of modern pop tracks, such as Adele's Rollin In The Deep and Muse’s Uprising.
In April 2011, was invited to perform at the International Press Launch of the Royal Wedding at Lancaster House, showcasing repertoire and artists involved in West End theatre. It was here that his relationship with Steinway & Sons pianos began through a chance meeting with Steinway’s master piano technician, Ulrich Gerhartz.
Ulrich encouraged Dominic and Elwin to pursue their commercial piano styles and so they began to rehearse regularly at the Steinway rehearsal studios in London. Before long, Steinway Hall London agreed to host The Piano Brothers: Live At Steinway.
Dominic Anthony Ferris
Dominic Anthony Ferris is a musician whose field of expertise crosses over three genres: music theatre, pop/rock and classical. He trained at the Royal College of Music graduating in 2010 with an honours degree in piano performance.
Dominic is also a singer/songwriter and creates the majority of his musical output at his studio in Sussex. As a writer, his styles vary from commercial pop/rock to musical theatre. As well as writing for himself, Dominic enjoys collaborating with other writers and artists.
In April 2011, Dominic was invited to play piano at the International Press Launch of the Royal Wedding at Lancaster House, showcasing repertoire and artists involved in West End theatre.
More recently, Dominic had the privilege of assisting conductor David Charles Abell on the new musical Finding Neverland, a stage adaption of the 2004 Miramax feature film. The musical premiered at the Leicester Curve in Autumn 2012 and has plans to transfer to the West End.
Dominic works closely with the Society of London Theatre delivering workshops and seminars in musical theatre and musical direction. He has recently delivered masterclasses at The Royal Opera House, London Coliseum, Royal Festival Hall, Theatre Royal Drury Lane and V&A Museum.
Dominic was born in Brighton and has lived in Sussex ever since.
To find out more about Dominic, visit his website at www.dominicferris.com.
Elwin is pianist and film composer based in London. Born in Indonesia, his field of expertise crosses across multiple genres including classical, film music, and pop/rock.
As a pianist, he performs regularly both in Europe and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician, and studio-session artist. He has performed in various prestigious venues including the Steinway Hall London, Esplanade Singapore, V&A Museum in London, Vredenburg Utrecht, and JCC Jakarta in the presence of then Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri. He has also premiered his composition for solo piano on BBC Radio 3 and performed as soloist with pop orchestras in Indonesia.
As a composer, Elwin composes music for films, advertisements, and animations as well as concert pieces. His works have been performed, broadcasted, and screened in Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Europe, America, and the United Kingdom.
Elwin completed his Master of Music-Composition for Screen and Integrated Masters-PGdip in Piano Performance with First Class Honours from the Royal College of Music, London. His study was kindly supported by scholarships from the Prince Bernhard Cultural Funds. Previously, he graduated Cum Laude for his Bachelor of Music Performance at Utrecht Conservatorium in the Netherlands.
For more information on Elwin visit his website www.elwinhendrijanto.com.