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Formed in Berlin in 2019, the Saviet/Houston Duo focuses on collaboration with composers, new and experimental music, our own compositions, and 19th- and 20th-century music.


Our first performance was a programme based on the theme of Nature and Conservation as part of Sasha Waltz’s festival ZUHÖREN #4 at Radialsystem, Berlin. In 2022, as part of an ongoing project, we performed several new works for re-tuned piano and violin by Catherine Lamb at km28 in Berlin. Other performances have included George Lewis and Enno Poppe at Wigmore Hall; the premiere of Rebecca Saunders/Enno Poppe's Taste at Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik 2022; performances at AFEKT Festival (Estonia); Ann Cleare and Xenakis at the National Concert Hall, Dublin; and a programme including our own piece Unfoldings at Ultraschall Festival (Berlin) in 2023. We will premiere new works by Arne Gieshoff and Zeynep Toraman at ECLAT Festival 2025.

We have given talks and workshops at Darmstadt Akademie für Tonkunst, Glasgow University, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Köln, Oxford University, UC San Diego, Cork School of Music, and Hochschule für Musik Hannover. We have worked closely with Enno Poppe, Rebecca Saunders, James Weeks, Chiyoko Szlavnics, George Lewis, and Zeynep Toraman.


Our debut album “a clearing”, featuring five jointly-composed pieces for violin and piano, will be released on Marginal Frequency in summer 2024. An additional album featuring duos by Poppe/Saunders, Lawrence Dunn, Michael Finnissy, Iannis Xenakis, and Saviet/Houston will be released on HCR/NMC Records in collaboration with Deutschlandfunk Kultur in January 2025.

Photo © Camille Blake

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