A really stunning Piano and Cello Duo, both professional musicians, this husband and wife team have a flexible repertoire of Light Classics, Blues, Jazz, Shows, Popular Ballads and Film Music.
Finesse are ideal for many occasions either as discreet background or with more powerful amplification for larger venues.
They believe in stylish presentation and performance of the highest quality and are perfect for both Corporate events, weddings and parties.
Included with their performance is the latest technology sound equipment, which spreads their music around the room rather than being overly loud for guests next to them and people the other side of the room not being able to hear them!
ANDREW KRISTY - biography
Since turning pro in 1986 Andrew has had extensive experience both as composer and performer, appearing in performances of his own works on Radio 1 (The Andy Kershaw Show and The Friday Rock Show), BBC2 Network East, Channel 4 (Big World Cafe) with Nigel Kennedy and Nusrat Fateh Alla Khan.
He has worked as composer and pianist, under the auspices of Birmingham Royal Ballet, on numerous education projects including: Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, Penguin Café, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Theme & Variations, The Nutcracker, Coppelia, La Fille mal Gardee, Elite Syncopations and Nutcracker Sweeties, Hobsons Choice and Arthur Part 1 & 2.
Andrew has also composed for The London Contemporary Ballet Company, Jiving Lindy Hoppers, Sampad, The National Youth Ballet, Kokuma African Dance Theatre, Chitraleka Dance Theatre and Tallia Teatrum.
His first work for full orchestra, 'Synapse', was commissioned by The Duke of Norfolk to open the first open-air fireworks concert at Carlton Towers, Yorkshire (July 1995). He was then soloist in The Saint Saens Organ Symphony at Carlton Towers (July 1998) in front of an audience of 7000.
His music has also been performed live at The Lichfield International Arts Festival, The Stroud Festival, Sadlers Wells Theatre, London and Birmingham Hippodrome. He was composer in residence at The Lichfield Festival in 1999, 2000 and 2002. He has since written for members of the BBC Philharmonic, Royal Ballet Sinfonia and Bardi Symphony orchestras, and arranged music for several concerts at Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
TV and Radio credits more recently include "Chameleons of Truth" animation film (ITV), "News at 10" (2004), "African Safari" (BBC 2005), "Dance for Machines" (BBC 2006), "Creation" (BBC 2006).
During 2006 he was the pianist on "Ballet changed my life...Ballet-Hoo" (Channel 4 broadcast in Sept/Oct 2006), playing Prokovieff's Romeo & Juliet score.
He also mentors piano students from The Birmingham Conservatoire, and is a consultant for AS & A2 Music Technology.
He currently has 20 CDs of original music in his catalogue.
Some of his recent projects included:
Symphony Hall, Birmingham - Playing piano in "Let's Sing the Musicals" Concert- July
- Birmingham Royal Ballet - pianist for the Dancetrack Auditions - April/May
- Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham - Playing piano in "Let's Sing The Movies" Concert - January
- Dudley/Channel 4 TV - Composer for Ballet Hoo! Part Two - follow up project for 100 performers will be performed in vast caves under Dudley - May 2008.
- Millenium Point, Birmingham - Composer in Residence - Creative Partnership Project - performance (March)
- Composer in Residence in Hereford - 1 week - March
- Composer in Residence in Plymouth - 4 weeks - June
- Germany - Salomon Verlag Ltd - recording piano and keyboard on 5CDs
He has been playing piano with his cellist wife in Finesse Piano & Cello since 1989.
They have performed at over 3000 weddings, parties and corporate events throughout the UK: from appearing on the first wedding of Cilla Black's Blind Date TV program to the launch of new airports, luxury cars and new architecture, to playing on a 1 hour program of Andrew's music at BBC Pebblemill, Birmingham.