Although Professor Victor Bunin and Julia Amada Kruger have judged many international piano competitions together the past seven years, their union as a duo/due team began in 2002 and already they are in constant demand both in the US, Russia and Europe. They have performed extensively across the United States and in June of 2005 were invited by the United Nations in Kosovo to present a “Week of Music” for the entire country/region. During this period their concerts, master classes and television shows received acclaim across Europe. As a result, they were invited by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Albania to be the Guest Artists performing for the European Cultural Summit in Tirana, Albania in November, 2006. While in Tirana, the Kruger/Bunin team performed for 18 Foreign Ministers, 1000 European political delegates, and over 130 European journalists.
The Bunin/Kruger team continues to receive multiple international performance invitations. In August, 2005, Bunin and Kruger were the Performing Guest Artists at the renowned Instituto Musicale Nicola Vaccaj in Tolentino, Italy where they performed as well as taught daily classes in performance techniques.
In April of 2006, the Bunin/Kruger duo performed in Carnegie Hall (New York City) and have been invited to teach at the National University in Buenos Aires, Argentina in the near future. In September/October, 2006, Kruger and Bunin traveled to Kislovodsk, Russia and the Western Caucus of Georgia (Russia) where they were the Guest Artists performing Mozart’s two-piano concerto in E-flat, K365 with the State Philharmonic Orchestra of Russia under the baton of renowned conductor, Leonid Shulman.
In January, 2007, the Bunin/Kruger duo team started their 2007 US tour by performing the Inaugural Concert at the International Duo Competition Awards Concert in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. Following this concert, they then presented concerts in many western states in the US, ending with a benefit concert in Austin, TX for CASA. Again in January, 2008, 2009 as well as 20010, the duo team performed the Inaugural Concert at the Broadmoor Hotel for the United States International Duo Competition.
In the summer of 2008, the Bunin/Kruger duo team were invited to be the “professors-in-residence” at a new “Performance Festival” held in Cepina/Bormio, Italy. The festival attracted students from the United States and Russia.
Besides performing and judging together, Kruger and Bunin have been asked by Russian musicians to organize a yearly “Russian/American” Piano competition. The first competition will be held in Moscow, Russia and will then alternate locations with the second held in the United States. They have also been invited to create the first International Duo/Duet summer festival in Italy which will be the first European festival devoted to the study of ensembles.
The Kruger/Bunin duo team began their 2009 Performance Tour in the western states of the United States as well as performances in Sitka and Kodiak Island, Alaska. In June of 2009, the duo team were the Guest Artists for the new International Music Festival to be held in Albania (sponsored by the UNESCO foundation). They presented the “closing” concert for the Festival in Tirana, Albania and performed a second concert at the University Kristal in Tirana.
Prof. Victor Bunin lives with his wife, Svetlana, and son Eugene in Moscow, Russia and teaches at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow) as well as the Musical Conservatory in Syria. Julia Amada Kruger lives in Austin, TX with her husband, James, and their 4-legged “children” Rambo and Bella and their 2-legged “feather children,” Mozart and Lovie. She is the Vice-President of the American College of Musicians as well as a private piano professor for 44+ weekly piano students.
Every summer from 2008 they return in Italy as professor in the International Piano Masterclass “Resonant Thoughts”, that is become an important opportunity for international young talents. Three italian students that joined 2011 Masterclass had conquered the 2nd and 3rd place at the United States International duo piano competition winners’ concert, in Colorado. This happened thanks to their talent and also for the possibility offered by italian Festival that give them the occasion to know Julia Amada Kruger, that had prepared them to the tough selections of the contest let them win.