Das Duo (Irmtraud Tarr, organ; Edward H. Tarr, trumpets), founded in 1980, has played in most of the world's cathedrals and concert halls. Not only do they give definitive readings of Baroque works, but Romantic and contemporary pieces also feature heavily in their programs. Their performance of Kamilló Lendvay's Variazioni con tema in Osaka in 1986 was the first time a Hungarian work had received a world premiere in Japan.

Organist Irmtraud Tarr was born in Germany. She has been called "an unusually high-spirited performer" (Berliner Morgenpost). As a concert organist who appears regularly in all the media, her preference is for rarities off the beaten track. She has made many recordings, mostly on historical organs.

She received her Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Hamburg in 1987, and is a psychotherapist and music therapist with her own unique private practice. She is the author of many articles and, to date, thirteen books which have been translated into several languages, including English, Italian, Portuguese, and Chinese. Performance Power (Summit Books, Tempe, AZ, 1995) is a best-seller. Ms. Tarr is also in great demand worldwide for seminars on stage fright.

Edward H. Tarr has not only been one of the world's top trumpeters for over 20 years, with more than 100 recordings (LPs and CDs), but is also a respected editor of early music, a master teacher, and--since 1985--the director of a unique European institution, the Bad Säckingen Trumpet Museum.

Tarr was born in America, lived for nearly 20 years in Switzerland, and is now residing in Germany. He received a Ph.D. in musicology in 1986 from the University of Hamburg. Tarr taught for many years at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, a prestigious pioneering institute for research and performance in early music, as well as at the Basel Conservatory of Music in Switzerland. As a teacher Tarr has had unusual success: the winners of the International Music Competition of the German Radio Stations (ARD) in Munich in 1986 and 1993, the first two prize winners of the First International Altenburg Competition for Baroque Trumpet (1996), and the first prize winner of the Ellsworth Smith International Competition for Trumpet Soloists (2000) were his pupils.


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